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20th May 2020 - - 0 comments
Don’t get stuck down a gold-plated rabbit hole

Some of us are still working, some of us are on furlough, those of us with portfolio careers might be doing a bit of both.  All of us are finding new ways to do things and, in many cases, new things to do entirely. Whatever we are doing, it seems that almost all of us are waiting for normality to return and, whilst we wait, exploring new ideas.

I frequently talk about how we should all be looking for ways to diversify our professional lives and clearly if ever there was a time to do this, it’s now.  I would, however, like to sound a note of caution.  The heady novelty of working from home, the joy of being able to pursue personal interests and the quiet of the outside world have made everyone think about how much better their lives could be, but before you go too far, it’s worth considering what the world will look like in the future. 

If you are thinking about starting something new, remember to keep reality-checking and interrogating your plans.  Don’t pour all of your hopes and energies into a single route or try to recreate what you had before because that way heartbreak lies.  As you plan your future here are some key issues to think about:

  • The perfect role may not be out there, but the right organisation or the right team probably is.  Be adaptable and you’ll find the success you are after.
  • Doing the thing you really have passion for is everyone’s dream but does it have legs?  What works now needs to carry on working long-term.
  • Don’t look back.  Many things will change permanently and it’s a waste of energy trying to chase something from the past. 
  • New things may seem unnerving, but look at how much we have all adapted to new regimes, new technology and new priorities.  Don’t let fear of the unknown put you off an opportunity.
  • Keep looking around; if you are down a rabbit hole, you won’t see all the other things popping up above ground so take care not to be oblivious to other chances.
  • Talk!  Talk to friends, family, colleagues – anyone whose advice you value or whose opinions need to be taken into account.  Everyone is re-evaluating their lives and considering their priorities so there’s no need to feel shy about opening the conversation we are all having inside our heads.

No doubt one day we will look back on these uncertain times and, with the benefit of 20:20 hindsight, be able to pinpoint all sorts of moments when we made right or wrong decisions and I can confidently state that we will all have made mistakes.  But I am also confident that if we keep our wits about us, are flexible in our thinking and retain open channels of communication, we will find the route which leads to our own personal exit strategy.

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