“Start Where You Are”…what does that mean to me and what does it mean to you?
This is not going to be an overly psychological, get-into-your-mind kinda post, don’t fret…
I had to reflect on this for a while when I was approached with this slogan tee and the message around it. “Start Where You Are” #befearless. I finally decided to accept the challenge to share a personal post around my own personal experience. I’ll have a chat with you guys about my career which is one thing I’ve had to start over again, more than once. I feel many people struggle with this. Either with choosing one, starting one or sticking to one. I’ve had lots of conversations with people who feel like they are in a right rut in their jobs or wants a change or just don’t know. And a lot of people ask me, how I transitioned from working as a sales consultant to an accountant…
So, here’s my short story on having to start over again.
Start T Shirt – Ofio
1. My first job, I worked as sales consultant/customer services assistant to make it sound less glam. This was the beginning of my working life, wouldn’t say I enjoyed it much at the time, but in hindsight, one of the best experiences. After a few years, it was time to move on. My fears at the time were that I wouldn’t find something else on time, I wasn’t good enough, I didn’t have enough experience on my cv…you know all the anxiety and fears of going jobless either voluntarily or involuntarily. I could have done with someone to encourage me, saying that it was actually ok to leave and move on.
It may have taken a few months, but guess what, I found a new job which opened the door to my next career move.
2. First role in PR. This was a new career. I didn’t feel my life/career was going anywhere working on the shop floor. You can’t imagine how excited I was about the move to PR…and it was fashion PR too! I wanted it, made me happy. I embraced a new start, ended my 5/6 years long career in customer services.
At the end of my career in PR, I experienced the same fears and anxiety as I did when I left my first job. This time, maybe even worse. I was older, had much to loose. This time, I didn’t know what next. What to do with myself. I elaborated a little more about this in my post, Personal Journal | Best of Both Worlds.
3. First role in Finance. Now, that’s a big leap, the ultimate start over. I had the biggest fears. I had no idea where to start. But I overcame my fears, I was willing to start over again. I wanted a new career. Self-determination came to play when I was looking for a change.
Yes, the fear of the unknown gets to many of us. There is no point wasting time doing what no longer brings happiness or self-satisfaction. It may feel right when you started but when it no longer gives the fulfillment, it’s also ok to actually move on and find happiness somewhere else. Create/find new opportunities and move on. If there is anything I’ve learned, it is to push through self-doubts and fears and just f***ing Start Where You Are.