Have you heard of the yellow car phenomenon?
It looks a little something like this… you think about buying a car of a particular colour, yellow is used as an example in this case, and you immediately start to notice how many other yellow cars there are on the road.
Regardless of the object – the phenomenon works in the same way.
Of course, this has nothing at all to do with magic. More yellow cars do not just magically appear. You just focused your mind on yellow cars, and like when you focus on anything in life, more of that particular object begins to appear.
So how does this all relate to changing careers later in life?
Put simply, if you find yourself sitting at your 9-to-5 job feeling like you will be trapped there forever – you are most certainly not alone. But it’s only when you begin to explore other options, do you begin to realise an abundance of other options exist. Not only that, you begin to hear of countless others who have felt stuck just like you – and who have found enormous success and fulfillment in a new role or a new career later in life.
Some of the most successful people in the world didn’t start out in a career close to the one that which eventually made them enormously wealthy, in every sense of the word.
Here are just 7 examples of people who taken a leap of faith later in life and achieved success:
- Harrison Ford: prior to finding fame as an actor in cult classics series Star Wars and later Indiana Jones, Ford worked as a carpenter. Inspired to follow his passion and to better support his wife and two young sons, Ford pursued a career in acting and has gone on to rank in the top five highest grossing box office stars of all time.
- Ellen DeGeneres: was reportedly a paralegal and oyster shucker before pursuing a career in comedy which would lead to the launch of the wildly successful Ellen DeGeneres Show.
- Andrea Bocelli: was a lawyer before he was an opera singer. As reported by HuffPost, after graduating with a law degree from the University of Pisa, Andrea Bocelli worked as a defence attorney until the age of 34 before leaving his job to pursue a singing career.
- Harland ‘Colonel’ Sanders: Sanders was broke and had been fired from more than 12 jobs before starting the first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at age 65. The rest, as they say, is history.
- Walt Disney: Before founding Disney Studios in the early 1920s, Disney worked as a newspaper editor owing to his reported “lack of imagination”.
- Jeff Bezos: starting out working at McDonalds, Bezos would move on to roles in customer service, banking, and investments, before launching online bookstore Amazon at age 30. Bezos is now the richest man in modern history.
- Kerry Stokes: closer to home, now majority owner of TV network Channel 7 and ranking 11th on the list of Australia’s wealthiest people, Stokes began his working life installing TV aerials.
Changing careers can be a daunting prospect for anyone! I will be the first to admit that it’s far easier said than done; worrying about leaving the safety of the company you know; stressing about loss of current income and benefits… These are all very real emotions for anyone considering making the change.
In my work as a recruiter in Newcastle, the Central Coast and Sydney, one thing I have seen work as an incredible antidote for fear, for those genuine about pursuing something greater in their life – is to consider the absolute worst case scenario if things don’t work out. Often, it’s nowhere near as bad as we make it out to be.
If you’re considering making some big changes, start by asking yourself the following questions:
- What’s the worst thing that can happen if changing jobs doesn’t work out?
- What can I do to reverse or manage the worst possible outcomes?
- What are the near- and long-term costs of not taking action? These can include emotional costs, physical costs, financial costs
Working through this process you may well find the costs of inaction are far greater than the potential costs of taking action.
Remember most of all, that it’s only when you begin to explore your options, that options begin to present themselves. Start looking for yellow cars and the world will give you what you desire most of all!
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