In a recent article in the New York Times by Lee Weinstein, he stated, “My bathroom-mirror moment came one morning more than three years ago. I was 47, and it dawned on me that my 15th anniversary of working in public relations at Nike was fast approaching. Do I want to stay at Nike for five more years? The unequivocal answer from the man in the mirror was, “No!” I knew then that I had accomplished everything I wanted to do at Nike, and that it was time for me to get out and do something new. Thus began a two-year process of introspection and redirecting my career.” To read the rest of Weinstein’s article, click here: nytimes.com
My Response: My PR gal asked me to read this article, because the story was so similar to what I just wrote about in my book How to Reinvent Your Career: Make Money Doing What You Love. I had been in my pharmaceutical job 15 years (20 in the company) when I had the same epiphany . . . I could no longer continue that job. I too, am a type A personality. It was a frightening thing to leave a job that offered such security. The New York Times author discussed Myers-Briggs. I wrote about personality assessment in my book, as I am a qualified Myers-Briggs instructor. He mentioned being an ENFJ. I am an ESTJ. I think our “J” part of our personality makes us very structured and therefore it can be hard for us to make a big change. I’m glad he wrote about developing goals because that is a big part of making the change and I discuss that in my book (available this month) as well. I am very close to that author’s age and I think there are a lot of us out there in the “golden handcuffs”, afraid to leave what others see as the “perfect job”. I have learned through all of my growth and transformations, that what is a “perfect job” for one may definitely not be so perfect for someone else. Throughout life, we change our interests and we must also reassess our goals. It sounds like he has made a change in a direction that works for him. I feel I have done the same. My hope is that my book will help others learn that it is possible to do the job that really makes them happy and make the money they feel they deserve.