Anytime you choose to do something new there is a learning curve, and the word “curve” is deceiving. But if it was called learning “chaos” even fewer people would opt in. Yet, that chaos is something that’s incredibly valuable to your development as a human. It helps to know it’s coming so you’re ready to embrace the inevitable messiness as you step outside your career comfort zone. This is a lesson I keep learning and re-learning throughout my own career, most recently when I completed the first draft of my book, exploring how to care for your emotional wellbeing in an environment where you don’t always have control and influence - work (it’s coming out in early 2024). I needed to submit my first draft to my writing coach this week and I was so afraid of rejection that it took me 3 hours to hit send. I needn’t have worried, but in my fear of the unknown I did forget the cardinal rule of doing something new – you have to take a calculated risk.
It's hard doing new things for many reasons. In any endeavor famous humans undertake, we get the “well-dressed” version of their path to success (via social media). You know, the one where there was lots of support, natural talent, commitment, etc. and everything culminated in success (whether it’s a movie, a successful business or a best-selling book). No one talks about the chaos, the self-doubt, the things that needed to be experienced, screwed-up and re-learned. But the mess is so important, because without mess, there is no success. So here are some things to help you embrace the messiness of doing something new that’s crucial for your career growth and success.
Embracing the messiness of doing something new in your career is an essential part of personal and professional development. It allows for growth, learning, and innovation. So, step into the unknown with courage, embrace the chaos, and watch as your career unfolds in unexpected and fulfilling ways. My book will be published in 2024 because I’m willing to see its potential through its current raw and messy state. I’m driven to see it succeed not just for my career, but for everyone who wants to surpass the unnecessary challenges to their wellbeing that a modern workplace can present.
Is a new career journey easy? Nope. Is it worth it? Absolutely. Push past the chaos, you’ll have no regrets.