I changed my life. I ditched a career I hated and started a new one which I loved. It wasn’t easy, but by following my 20 steps, I can help make it easier for you. Here are the final 10 …
11. Set your mind on what you want to do. Eat, breathe and shit your desire. Become obsessed.
12. There are two ways to change your career. Either start a new business and create your own destiny or learn new skills and start working for an organisation that you like. I chose the first one because I wanted to risk it and become an entrepreneur. But this is not for everyone. Fortunately, you have been born into the era of great communication. You can find out about anything you want with the technology at your fingertips. So research as much as you can about your new career – whether it’s working for others or for yourself.
13. Avoid pessimistic people and people who tell you that you’re not being realistic. Ignore them – it’s very unlikely they have a dream of their own.
14. Wake up early; go to bed late. You have to pay your dues. If you want it then you have to sweat for it. Work on your plan before you go to your existing 9-5 job, use your lunch time to send emails, and then do another hour or two after work. That’s 3-4 hours every day. Then, at weekends, dedicate yet more hours to your new career. It’s possible to carve at least 20 hours out of each week to learn the new skills you need – which, when you think about it, is a lot of time.
15. Prioritise, prioritise, prioritise. You will have the rest of your life to down pints and empty bottles and talk with your friends in pubs and bars. But you don’t have the rest of your life to establish a new career. Make your new career your priority.
16. Be strict with your time. It’s the most valuable thing in this world, so don’t waste it. If you want to become a writer, for example, and you have a regular train-commute to work, use that time to write and create rather than reading some trash about Trump, Brexit and celebrity gossip. Time can be found when you search for it. Prioritising helps with this.
17. Stop giving a fuck. Seriously. Stop giving a fuck about things that don’t mean much to you and focus instead on the things that mean something to you. Changing your career requires dedication and time. So stop giving a fuck about the things that don’t really matter and start giving a fuck about the time you can devote to the career you love.
18. Where there is a will there is a way. I’m not suggesting you should give up your job tomorrow and cycle the world. Instead, start doing little by little every day. This is especially important to remember if you have other commitments (family, mortgage, etc). Little by little every day will help you actualise your dream.
19. Build your network. This is a very crucial part. Your human capital is your biggest asset. Your network is so important. Surround yourself with people doing the job you desire. At the beginning they might not take you seriously – but hang in there, they will. I can’t emphasise how important this is. Network, network, network.
20. And finally, and most importantly – JUST GO FOR IT!
I hope you’ve enjoyed these three blog-posts. Remember – if I’ve done it, you can do it too. The chronicle of my journey is in my book Kapp to Cape, out on Thursday 9th Feb and available here. In it, I explain in detail the highs and lows I went through from the moment I questioned my previous career to when I got my new career off the ground.
I sincerely hope this will all help to inspire you. Remember – I was once where you are right now. So go and do it. Don’t wait. Time is precious.
If you’d like to meet me in person, feel free to come along to my book launch – 6.30pm-8.00pm, 15th Feb, Stanford’s Bookshop, Covent Garden, London.