Scott Barlow with Happen To Your Career joins me in a special episode about changing your career. Scott helps guide you to a career that fits you best. He does this by walking you through a process that narrows down what you actually want to do with your life, at least when it comes to work.
Work is life, or it can be a good chunk of it. Work is something almost all of us do with the majority of our time. Even if you’re financially independent, there is usually some work involved getting there.
Do you spend the majority of your day at a job you don’t like or want to change? Maybe this is the episode for you. Scott and I talk about careers and get you to start thinking about what you really want to do with your life.
Scott says to “be intentional about your career”. If you are seeking a change and just aren’t sure what your next step should be, sign up for Scott’s free 8-day email course that will help you figure out what you want to do.
(this is a partial transcript of today’s episode. The actual conversation between Scott and I has not been transcribed. Please click Play at the top left to listen).
Well, today we’re going to talk about something a little different. Not so deep and no processes that take you into any altered states of mind. Today is a special episode for two reasons:
- I actually interviewed someone. I haven’t held an actual interview in many months so it was nice to be able to bounce things off another person and just relax into the show. I’m normally relaxed, but having two minds on really helps with the flow of thoughts.
- Scott Barlow with Happen To Your Career is back to talk with me about work and careers. I had Scott on the show way back in December of 2013, and it turned out to be a very informative episode. He called me a few weeks after the show was done and told me how many people listened to the show then went over to his website to get in touch with him.
Then, just a couple months ago, I had him do a quick segment on the mini show called Minutes to Momentum, and he once again told me how many people listened to that episode and got in touch with him to ask him for guidance about changing their careers.
A large portion of listeners of this show have some sort of job, and quite a few of them want to change what they do but just aren’t sure of the path they need to take. Or, they can’t seem to pinpoint what they’re good at or passionate about.
Well, Scott and I have kept in touch all this time because we both talk to many people that want to improve their lives somehow. I approach others from a personal improvement standpoint, and he approaches them from a career improvement standpoint. It seems many people are interested in both.
Well, I reached out to Scott to do a quick impromptu interview about careers. I asked him a few questions about what someone can do to find out what they’re good at and if they want to make a change in their career, what they can do to start the ball rolling.
Scott helps a lot of people make the switch by taking them through a process he continually fine tunes to help them gain a much clearer perspective of what direction they should go.
If you have a job that you want to turn into a career, or want to make a switch to a new career, then this episode is for you. Really, the best bet for you is to head over to happentoyourcareer.com/brain and get the free 8 day email course he offers that helps you figure out exactly what you want to do for a career.
I hope you get some good insights from our conversation today. I was curious about Scott’s take on a few things about work and careers, and I wanted to ask him a few questions that I’ve been asked this past year that, quite frankly, he knows the answer to more than me.
So here’s the chat, I’ll talk to you in a bit.
(conversation not transcribed)
I really enjoyed talking with Scott on this topic. We were both pressed for time, so we didn’t get into some of the stuff I wanted to dive into, but perhaps we’ll do this again soon. I do know that Scott is going to record a few more mini shows with me, so if you’re subscribed in iTunes, you’ll get those Minutes to Momentum episodes and hear some of his helpful tips real soon.
If you want someone to help you figure out what to do for a career, reach out to Scott!
You don’t have to do something you absolutely love, though that would be nice, but if you don’t even like what you do, maybe it’s time to seek a change for yourself.
Maybe you don’t need to change careers, but just need to change positions or departments where you work now. I have a friend who spoke up and said she needed a change or she was going to have to quit. Well, most companies don’t like to go through the cost of rehiring and training, so they simply moved her to a new department and she’s completely happy now.
Is this going to happen to everyone who does this same thing? No, but I do know that nothing happens when you do nothing. Or, at least you can’t get what you want if no one knows you want it. Sometimes it takes just being honest and saying, “I really like it here, but this position limits me and doesn’t utilize what I do best.” or something like that.
I remember staying way too long at some jobs because I simply didn’t speak up when I felt burned out. Again, some employers may be quick to fire, but others are quick to listen. Whatever your situation is you’ll have to assess, but who knows… maybe what you love to do is in the next office over, or the next building, or maybe even an entirely new environment altogether.
Whatever you do, however you make a living or make money, if you’re not happy, take some time to make some serious considerations for your future. You don’t want to be unhappy everyday. Take Scott’s free course, or start exploring what you love to do and find out if there’s work that can come from it.
I want you be successful and enjoy what you do because you deserve to feel good while you’re contributing in this world.
Thanks for listening to this special episode on what steps you can take to improve your career or simply change to a new one. Since many of us spend most of our lives working, it only makes sense to invest most of our waking hours doing something we at least enjoy instead of only tolerate.
I once stood in line at a soup kitchen for two months until I finally got a job. Well, I hated that job so much, I decided to quit after three weeks. I quit knowing that I’d end up back at the soup kitchen, but I simply did not want to spend the majority of every day doing something I hated.
I couldn’t compromise myself by staying at that job, so I actually chose the soup kitchen over working there. Believe me, I didn’t want the soup kitchen either, but I just respected myself too much to work someplace that would rather have me shut up and put my head down instead of listening to me and allowing me to contribute in my own unique way.
I felt stifled and ignored, and it was clear that my input didn’t matter. Not everyone can make that kind of decision, but we all have a breaking point. Mine was a lack of respect at my job. Do you have a breaking point at yours? Have you already reached it?
If so, maybe my guest today can help you out. Or, maybe you can start thinking about what you really want to do in your life and figure out ways to trickle the things you want to do into your busy schedule. Nothing happens without the first step, so maybe it’s time to see what happens when you take that first step.
Step into your power and be firm in your decisions and actions, so that you can create the life you want. When you do this, you’ll discover what I already know to be true about you, that you are amazing.