Experimenting and trying out new things in your life is very important. Probably the first thing that comes to mind is what you might have done as a child or teenager with various “no no’s”and rules from your parents. This is not the type of experimenting we are talking about but it does uncover a natural tendency you should have to explore your options in life. Exploring options and experimenting with exploring your talents is one of the secret ingredients to a fantastic career. A fantastic career has ups and downs, high and lows, excitement, mystery, intrigue and calculations. An easy way to compare this idea is to use a principle called “The New Clothes Principle”. So when you go to buy new clothes what do you do? You physically go into a store, find your specific department, find your size (or the general area), try on the clothes to see if they fit, look in the mirror, decide if you like how you look AND FEEL, and then make a buying decision. Sometimes you might fuss about the price or how it feels where other times you love it when you see it. Do you shop at stores you cannot afford? Some people go to thrift stores while others would not entertain the thought.
In using this shopping experience as a way to uncover the right career for you, look at a few elements:
- You have to physically go in
- You have to find your department
- You have to find your size
- You try it on
- You decide if it “fits you”
- You think about how you feel
- You decide if it is right for you
So why do you buy new clothes? Are your old ones worn out? Do you hold on to your worn out clothes because you have had them for so long? So the new clothes principle simply stated is: Get Rid Of The Old And Bring In The New. In order to do that with your career you need to try on a new job function, see if it fits, see how you feel doing it, look in the mirror and make a decision if you want to continue doing it.
This comparison to clothes, can really help put your mind at ease during your career when you think you are either spinning your wheels or not sure where you are going. You are probably knee-deep in this experimental state of trying on a new job to see if it fits. When it doesn’t, you have to make a decision to move on and find another job. Trying on new jobs often in your career can do two things:
1. It can help you find new options for your skills and your experience.
2. It can help you decide if you truly like what you are doing but maybe you are at the wrong place.
Sometimes the job you are doing is perfect for you but your situation (boss, company, hours, pay, etc) is not. Finding a new situation doing what you enjoy doing is easy. Finding a new career
because the one you are in now has gotten worn out, that is a little more challenging and takes more time.
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