Sharing the above videos is one of my favourite songs in the 90s. No, I’m not about to do a song review here so rest your bated breath. However, catching the song over the airwaves does bring back a thought, though.
Have you wish you could have turned back time in your life, particularly in your career? Would you have made a different choice in your career path if you could?
A few months ago, during our rare reunion, I asked these questions to a long time friend Jackie and she says she’s sorry that she didn’t follow her dream as a start-up designer and she jumped at the first chance making money at real estates. It’s good money, though, putting her kids through college and pay the bills, but she haven’t been truly satisfied, just going through the motions of work. So if she could turn back time, she’ll stick on being a designer and perhaps to take on another part-time job to fulfill the bills instead of letting her dreams slipped her away.
But it’s not too late, is it?
Perhaps she couldn’t compete with the young fresh graduates with their new fresh outlook into the new corporate world. Perhaps she might not have the endless energy to work 18hours straight like a youngster. Perhaps she have lost track of the latest trends and not as intuitive as the young eager faces. Perhaps there are just too many perhaps.
The world is so huge, there is always a market for everyone no matter how niche your passion is. Big enough room for everyone and more. So she’s not young anymore but she has the worldly experiences to make up for it. So she needs her sleep more than the young ones but she makes up by effectively managing her time. So she is lost in the recent trends, but that’s not the end of the world, she could read up and brush up the latest trends easily.
The point here in bringing up is that don’t live your life with regrets, if there is still a breath in you, change the course of the ship.
Lead the change.
We have come across people who changed their successful careers midway from the corporate lawyer to a baker or an accountant who quit her job to set up her own restaurant. It is all possible, with the only enemy being your excuses.
Yes, a change could be terrifying but, what’s more, frightening is instead of you controlling and deciding the change, you are forced to change due to circumstances or market trend. You’re forced to change otherwise you are out of job. We have all seen it during the era of companies switching from faxes to emails, desk phones to VOIP phones, long overseas calls to long Skype calls, face to face meetings to teleconferencing. Now even one don’t have to commute to work to get work done, you just to open your laptop in your pajamas or wake up and grab your mobile, scrolling through your emails in bed; and you are already clocking the hours at work. No longer you are dealing with an English speaking voice but you probably are dealing with someone with different accent trying to get his message across with his smattering English in Asia, Africa, all over the globe. It can be fascinating for businesses but scary and overwhelming for you.
So grab the chance to change according to your preference, your own ways in your own time before change grabs you and forces you to adapt. In the corporate world, we have one cruel saying “Sorry, honey. It’s nothing personal, it’s just business.” And no one wants to hear that especially when you have mortgage to pay, people to feed and lifestyle to upkeep.
Sad but welcome to the realistic world.
PS. I’m delighted to report that Jackie has taken my advice and enrolled herself in a designing short course. She has also started internship on a weekend basis with one of the smaller fashion design house. Her comments, “I may be the oldest in the class and the newest member in the design industry, but it all doesn’t matter because, at the end of the day, it’s not about getting to the top so much as to learning new things and following my desires. That is more fulfilling than a bigger house, a better car or a more luxurious holiday.”
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