Listen to your passion. Heartstorming, as it's sometimes called, can be so powerful. Just because you've always done one thing, doesn't mean you must continue down that path.
This may be the best time to finally go after what you've always dreamed of doing. What's standing in your way and how can you overcome it?
Even though Colette Burnett had no experience owning and operating a restaurant, she used the financial skills acquired as a bank manger, plus the customer service skills that bank customers and restaurant customers demand. What she didn't know, she learned by attending a business planning workshop.
Talk to others who've made the transition. Stories of reinvention are everywhere. Talk to people who are now doing something that's different from their previous career. Also spend time with people who do what you'd like to do. Ask how they got into this line of work. Encourage them to candidly share the challenges as well as the triumphs. By using Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, you can reach anyone these days for advice and inspiration.
Get training. No matter what the skills you need to jump into a new field, there are many affordable options available.
Self-paced courses are available for free online or classroom instruction is highly affordable. Check with your public library, mayor's office, community college, non-profits and Career One-Stop to find out about training programs that may relate to your interests.
Ask to intern or job shadow with someone who is doing what you'd like to do. The more you're around the people and position, the easier it'll be for you to relate to the realities of this potential line of work.
Finally, don't cry over what was -- don't dwell angrily on the good ol' days. It will only drive you crazy. Instead, focus on what you'll be. Envision your future and take deliberate steps every day to make it a reality. Don't expect magic miracles overnight. If you start each day by asking, "What will I do today to make today better than yesterday -- and what exactly will I do today toward my career goal?" good things will no doubt happen for you and your new career.
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