Remember when you were a kid and someone would ask you, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
You probably said a teacher or an astronaut or a vet. Or as my sister used to say when she little: a lunch lady. (She was a cute little nugget.)
Those were the days. The days when the world was full of opportunity.
You were excited. You didn’t care what people thought. You didn’t care if your dreams were too lofty. You lived in abundance instead of scarcity. And you were hopeful about the trajectory of your life.
Most of all, you were curious.
Friends, I want you to bring back a bit of that curiosity. Often times, life kicks us when we’re down and we forget to have childlike faith. We forget that life is more than a paycheck. More often than not, we forget to dream. We lose our curiosity because we feel we don’t have the time and we’re scared of what may happen should our “secure jobs” get the best of us.
Except today I want you to suspend your disbelief. I want you to actually press past that fear and get a little bit curious. Today is all about letting your inner kid free and giving yourself permission to think outside the box, if only for a day.
Explore a new job:
I want you to go to the career page of your favorite companies. If you’re like most of my clients, Disney, Amazon, Google or Apple are probably on your list. Now check out their careers page. Don’t filter for any keywords, city location (country location is fine) or experience level. I just want you to hop in and start poking around. What types of titles catch your eye? Why? What looks interesting to you? What would you be doing on a day to day basis? Maybe you actually know someone with a similar job title at a different company. Maybe you should think about reaching out to them (don’t just think – do!) to learn more about their job, what they do and how they got there. Repeat this process at your own company – maybe there are opportunities there you aren’t even aware of. Information gathering is key at this stage of the game. Plus, this process will get you more excited and invigorated about the possibility of having fulfilling work.
The thing is, you don’t know what you don’t know. Taking time to see what is even out there is a healthy part of refining your career and understanding where your interests and giftings lie.
Explore a new company:
I have found that 95% of clients come to me not because they necessarily hate the function of their job, but rather that they don’t like their company’s culture or their manager. It’s a people problem, not an occupational issue. So if you’re feeling like your company is just not cutting it these days, it may be time to explore new companies.
Here are some places to check out some new companies:
This will give you plenty of places to uncover ones that you never knew existed. Remember, look at each of these companies knowing that no company is perfect. No matter how great they look, there are still going to be quirks about working there. Plus, it’s important to remember that the perfect company for you will look very different than someone else’s dream company. It’s okay to not want a WFH lifestyle but prefer a more solid pay, etc. Know your values, stick to them and discover companies that align with your goals.
Explore a new industry:
Think about it, Facebook didn’t even exist 15 years ago. That’s CRAZY! We now have an entire industry dedicated to social media. My point is, it’s okay if you decide to change your focus and I’d like to encourage you to check out a new industry. Maybe you’ve been in the same industry for years. Or maybe you’ve hopped around a bit. Regardless, today I’d like you to get curious and learn about a new industry.
Interested in digital marketing? Grab a magazine on the subject.
Perhaps coding looks interesting to you? Check out a bootcamp to see if it’s something you want to invest in.
Maybe you are incredibly fascinated by Artificial Intelligence. Scour the web for all the info on this industry, where it’s going and how you can be a part of it. (And please make sure robots don’t start running the world.)
Whatever sounds cool and interesting to you, spend some time exploring, deep diving and researching.