The Art of Reinventing Yourself
It’s funny how many people are reluctant to reinvent themselves. I mean, we live at this incredible moment in time when tech changes the game, removes limitations, connects the world, and impacts the rate of change in ways we can measure and ways we can only speculate about.
Yet, we think we need to be who we were when we declared, “I’m a paleontologist” or “I’m a teacher” or “I want to be a librarian when I grow up.” It’s just not the world we live in.
I mean, anything is possible!! Don’t you want to try it all on? Go BIG and fail or go BIG and WIN?!
The older I get, the more my appetite grows. I want to see it all, taste it all, tour it all, love this crazy beautiful world we live in, and watch my children fall in love with it too.
Experience it for Yourself (and Them)
Speaking of children, becoming a mother is the pinnacle of reinvention, isn’t it? It shifts you in nearly every possible way. For me, it made that sense of urgency to try everything even more pronounced.
Seeing the world through their eyes is five times the wonder — I experience it for myself, through our three kiddos, and note my husband’s quiet appreciation of our collective enthusiasm.
In case you missed it, check out Kristi’s post about Matthew McConaughey’s podcast interview with Tim Ferriss. It’s about how to reinvent yourself!
Action Before Insight
After nearly 20 years in sports and media, and most of them in my dream job, I left Corporate America without a plan. I didn’t know I wanted to be an entrepreneur until I was.
I think the experience of switching from executive to entrepreneur is like changing from woman to mother; it’s just another layer of richness that makes me appreciate life even more.
The quote shown above is from the forward of my book, Exit Strategy, available on Amazon.com (affiliate link, Juggling Normal receives a small commission on sales). Shameless plug. It’s not the best book in the world, but if you find yourself at a pivot point faced with leaving your corporate life behind for any reason and need help negotiating your severance package, I got you.
I didn’t know how to write a book until I wrote a book. I didn’t know how to be a mom until I was a mom. I didn’t know how to start and grow a business until I did. Are you sensing a theme here?
Permission to Change
Don’t be afraid of reinventing yourself. If you need it, you have permission to change your mind at any time: To dream bigger, to change course, to want more, to chase new dreams. Life is short, and you only live once, why wouldn’t you?!