The world’s greatest thinkers on how to change careers

Changing careers can be quite a feat and in the eyes of many, it relies upon getting yourself in the right frame of mind. So how do some of the world’s leading thinkers believe you should prepare yourself for the task?

Andrew Carnegie

"If you want to become happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes." These are the empowering words of Andrew Carnegie, one of the great proponents of the modern-era movement for impact philanthropy. Carnegie’s deep intellect and sense of fulfilling a higher mission for the betterment of society guided his decision making, showcasing a meteoric rise of professional accomplishment adorned with the jewels of spiritual evolvement.

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Viewing such mesmerising success stories from a distance, we become intrigued witnesses of the powerful effects of one’s state of mind, resilience to ride every wave of change and readiness to timely harness every rising opportunity. Is the key to unlocking the doors for personal and professional evolvement simply hidden within the layers of our inner self?

Career evolvement is an ongoing process where self-awareness plays the role of the prompting force to do and to be more. Formulating the habit of acknowledging and deciphering our feelings early on reveals a wealth of information to process about the desire to change directions and set out on new career paths.

According to research conducted by LinkedIn, the top reasons for people changing careers are not bosses or financial reward. It is in fact the prospect of advancement and the opportunity to grow which stand at the core of a career switcher’s decision-making. The pursuit of a change of work environment is further activated by matters of internal culture and the refreshing need for being challenged in our professional life. Issues such as compensation, benefits and recognition for one’s contributions conclude the list featuring the main triggers for career change.

The primeval energy of intuition and the power of focus help us navigate our way to our ideal career. There are just a few burning questions to contemplate in the silent space of your thoughts: What is the ultimate destination that your heart desires? Is our true north, at work and in life, steadily and persistently pointing towards the direction of happiness and wellbeing? Ultimately, does life withhold a turning point where we all become enlightened seekers of the path to the priceless equilibrium of life?

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment," are a few words of wisdom out of Emerson’s classic masterpiece, 'Self-reliance'. A powerful manifesto on the virtues and values of independent thinking, integrity, originality, non-conformism and creativity. An empowering essay on the sense of identity, the braveness of embracing failure, as well as an explicit message against the lures of imitations, limitations and compliance to the status quo.

Delving into the philosophy of change is just one part of the story, the rest is all about practice. So, how do we go about fearlessly launching ourselves in finding our path to career fulfillment? More importantly, how do we master change and build the character to endure the uncertainty of the unknown and thrive in it?

A clear cut vision may resemble a chess-board upon which to strategize your moves and actions, a canvas to draw up your new destinations, but hard work is the only way to take your there. So, once you ignite the thought of change within, prepare yourself to play the best game of your life. Do the work in advance. Understand the critical value of timing, patience and synchronicity.

Charles Darwin

"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change". Charles Darwin, one of history’s ultimate disruptors, caused quite a stir among circles of conformists as a pioneer of radical thinking, presenting his scientific contribution on the evolution of human species and theorization of the survival of the fittest. Darwin’s words of wisdom deserve to find place among the precious 'talismans' of your life.

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Tony Robbins

"You are in the midst of a war, a battle between the limits of a crowd seeking the surrender of your dreams, and the power of your true vision to create and contribute. It is a fight between those who will tell you what you cannot do, and that part of you that knows, and has always known, that we are more than our environment, and that a dream backed by an unrelenting will to attain it, is truly a reality with an imminent arrival." If you are seeking words of encouragement about your own ability to change your life, look no further than Tony Robbins, one of the world’s most inspirational thinkers.

Professor Monique Valcour

Pitching your passion effectively is the ultimate skill for career evolvement. Professor Monique Valcour writes for the Harvard Business Review: "All of the self-awareness in the world is of little use if you can’t pitch your passion to a buyer. A sustainable career is built upon the ability to show that you can fill a need that someone is willing to pay." Therefore, know your best assets and play on them. This is your safest bet for maximizing success possibilities.

A clear consciousness is priceless and your good reputation is the ticket to take you anywhere. Play fair and push aside the littleness of the ego. Fierce competitiveness is not the best guide to fuel your career ascension. Diligently practicing human values that connect us matters to how easily we become acquainted with a new work environment and start belonging to it. The market place is a living and breathing organism. It feels and speaks. Do not underestimate the catalytic power of modern-day networks and systems of interconnection in spreading your reputation at the speed of light.

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