Noticing When It’s Time for a Career Change

By Jimmy Warden

Everyone knows when it’s time to change their job.

Unfortunately, people stay in jobs they don’t enjoy because it’s safe. Most full-time jobs offer a fixed salary, healthcare benefits, and retirement funds. Pretty sweet deal.

But is that worth the cost of your sanity? Is it worth dragging your feet through life? Do you want to waste precious years?

If you answered no to those questions, it’s time to recognize the signs that it’s time for you to walk away from your job.

It’s not what it once was

This is sign number one.

I’m sure you were passionate about your first job because you thought it was something you wanted to do. Keywords there: thought and wanted. That’s the past tense. People change, and you’re a person.

So if your job doesn’t fill your bucket anymore, that’s a sign to reconsider.

You only look forward to NOT being at work

Are you a “weekend warrior”? Someone that grinds Monday to Friday and celebrates the weekend’s arrival only to dread your return to work?

That’s sign number two. If it’s a chore to get up and go to work every day, that’s a problem. It shouldn’t be that way. And honestly, it doesn’t have to be.

The good news is, there’s a solution. This is when passions come into play.

You have passion projects you do in your free time

Everyone has projects they love to do outside of work. Why not make a living from them?

This is sign number three. Whatever you love to do, you can do for work. It could be painting, knitting, carpentry, or cooking. There are infinite possibilities right under your nose.

You just haven’t thought about how to make it work. Yet.

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Take time to meditate on your passions.

When you take the time to ponder what you love to do, you’ll find jobs in that field or figure out ways to monetize your services. It might not be the same amount you once made, but you can’t put a price tag on what you love.

And besides, wouldn’t you rather wake up every day wanting to go to work?

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