“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any” — Alice Walker
Finding the right career, in some ways, comes down to whether you believe you have the power to. You have two choices:
- Fit into the mold of your industry or desired company
- Carve your own path and make up the rules yourself
When I started out in my career, I thought I had no power. The hidden battle I had with an invisible demon now known as mental illness, allowed all of my power to be stripped away, and my kingdom to be taken from me.
For years I followed other people’s rules. They’d tell me how my career should be, and I’d believe them.
The fixed mindset rules I fell for included:
- Years of experience
- Education requirements
- Monday-Friday workdays that start at 9 and finish at 5
- And be careful saying what you think
These rules shaped my career up until the point that I’d read enough books to tell me that there was another way of looking at work. That way of looking at work is the idea that work can be whatever you make it.
You can decide the hours, determine the pay, work for multiple company’s, speak your truth, travel the world and mostly do whatever you want. You make up the rules.
Here’s what I wish I knew before starting my career, and ultimately, trying to find the right one: