Sep 28, 2021
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“If not now, when?” Ronald Reagan
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Starting Something New in Difficult Times
There will be times in your WorkLife when you will need to make changes. When you will be required to start something new. This may be brought about by difficult times.
Sometimes this need to start something new will come from external influences — situations and conditions outside of your control.
Sometimes this need to start something new will come from within yourself — a sense of feeling unhappy, unfulfilled, unmotivated.
Sometimes you will be able to anticipate change coming and take time to plan to navigate it, in starting something new.
Other times you will have to adapt to change quickly. At all times you will find that you have much of what you need within you to start something new; and what you don’t have, you will find a way of getting, in even the most difficult of times.
Is it Ever Too Late or Too Difficult for Your Next WorkLife Chapter?
Longevity means there’s space for many new WorkLife chapters, but is it ever too late? I don’t think so, let me share John’s story, who at 69 wanted to consider his next WorkLife chapter.
John’s Story: WorkLife Longevity Brings About a New WorkLife: A Case Study:
John’s WorkLife began in the forces where he was an engineer before moving into production management in the computer industry. From there he moved into design and manufacturing in the telecoms industry, then on to operations director in the pharmaceutical industry before moving into consultancy work in the tobacco industry. His work took him all over the world, and along the way he undertook various pieces of research and development, and also worked closely with HR departments delivering training and development.
Then he decided to retire and move to the South of France. But a few months and many gastronomic delights later John was beginning to become a little bored, and wondered if he had retired just a little too early. Not one to sit on his laurels, he undertook a building-development project, which led to another, and before he knew it he was sourcing French properties for folks back in the UK and project managing the development work.
So as you can appreciate, John is a man of many talents and when we began our work together he wanted to figure out what he wanted to do that would fit into semi-retirement — keep him mentally stimulated, but also give him the scope to do nothing if he chose to. Nothing other than developing his appreciation for fine wines, fine food and fine art, that is; oh, and learning to perfect his French and playing boules.
This was no ordinary job-search campaign and we soon agreed his best plan of action was to connect with people he’d met throughout his WorkLife, just by way of catching up for a coffee or beer and having a chat about things in general. Well no sooner did he do this when an opportunity arose for him to deliver some very specialist consultancy training work, whereby he was training the consultancy firm’s consultants for this specific field-based work.
He’s now established himself as the person they come to when they bring new consultants on board, and he’s also been asked to be a non-executive director supporting the development of talent with a commitment of one day a month over ten months of the year. Un coup de chance (a stroke of good luck)? Maybe a little luck; but I’ve come to learn the better we are the luckier we become! And John is top of the game in terms of being good.
So, it’s never too late to begin your next WorkLife chapter, and the wealth of your skills and experience will be of great value whether you’re joining a company or you’re starting a venture of your own.
Develop Your WorkLife Story Chapters
When you don’t know what to expect, have great expectations for your next WorkLife chapters.
The stories I write are based on real WorkLife challenges, obstacles and successes. In some stories I share my own experiences, and with permission stories of people I’ve worked with, whose names have been changed to protect their anonymity. Other persons and companies portrayed in the stories are not based on real people or entities.