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Instant Career Change:
The Fast and Easy Way to
A Great New Career

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By Valerie Young

So maybe you’re not naive enough to fall for the “Make $10,000 a month stuffing envelopes from home” or other get rich quick scams. But admit it; the title of this article caught your attention, didn’t it? Whether you’re looking to lose 20 pounds or make a major career change, the promise of a quick-and-easy solution is enticing.  

Take Stu. Stu phoned to say he’d love to get into voice-over work but didn’t know where to begin. I knew enough to explain he’d need to practice, make a demo tape, and then shop it around to different studios.

After a long pause, Stu said, “Gee, that sounds hard. Isn’t there an easier way?” Jokingly, I suggested he lounge by the phone until a client randomly selects his name from the phone book. Stu liked this idea much better.

Some people do get discovered, hit the lottery, or strike it rich on a game show. Apply this same “get change quick” thinking to your career dreams though, and your odds of success will likely be the same – namely, one in a million.

Here are three perspective-shifting remedies for what I’ve dubbed Fast-and-Easy-Career-Change Syndrome:

1. Snap Out of It!

Yes, making any kind of change IS easier said then done. Maybe, though, we need to rethink our views on effort. According to Carlos Castenada, “We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of effort is the same.” When you think about it, it takes the same amount of energy to go after your dream career as it does to moan and groan about your #&@!*job.

2. Stop Waiting for a Miracle.

Too many people waste time daydreaming about being rescued by “Mr. Job.” The career equivalent of waiting for Mr. or Ms. Right, this passive approach is sure to disappoint. Face it; the only person who’s going to liberate you from job hell is you! If you want to live happily ever after, take a proactive lesson from Jonathan Winters who said, “I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it.”

3. Accentuate the Positive.

If you want to grow your dreams, stop dwelling on how much work it’s going to take to cultivate the soil and plant the seeds. Instead, focus on the bounty your efforts will yield. Barbara Winters, author of Making a Living Without a Job, is also the publisher of a wonderful newsletter called Winning Ways that included a powerful essay called Sacrifice or Stepping Stone? In it Barbara reminds us that, “…giving up something in the present in order to have something greater in the future, is actually a wise pay-off.” Make a list of all the great pay-offs you’ll enjoy from making that exciting new changing course. Get positively motivated. Then, get going!

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About the Author

"Profiting From Your Passions" expert Valerie Young abandoned her corporate cubicle to become the Dreamer in Residence at offering resources to help you discover your life mission and live it. Her career change tips have been cited in Kiplinger's, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today Weekend, Woman's Day, and elsewhere and on-line at MSN, CareerBuilder, and An expert on the Impostor Syndrome, Valerie has spoken on the topic of How to Feel as Bright and Capable as Everyone Seems to Think You Are to such diverse organizations as Daimler Chrysler, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Harvard, and American Women in Radio and Television.


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