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Lessons Learned From a Major Career Change

https://www.inc.com/shelley-prevost/two-unexpected-lessons-i-ve-learned-since-changing-careers.html

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Lessons Learned From a Major Career Change
Four years ago, I took a career about-face, leaving my job as a psychotherapist to join the world of startups at a venture capital incubator. I gave up one kind of emotional grind for another.

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Your purpose in life

Your purpose in life

... has very little to do with your job. Your purpose is to unlock and fold in who you are becoming with who you already are. The activities that force you to grow are your calling. Learning from those activities is your purpose.

Your life purpose is way too big to be filled by one role, or even one long career. If you choose wisely, your job can point you toward your purpose.

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Discovering who you aren't

"You have to make mistakes to find out who you aren't. You take the action, and the insight follows: You don't think your way into becoming yourself." -- Anne Lamott

We have to be courageous enough to let go of what no longer serves us in order to step into something new, and probably a lot bigger. 

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  • Use your transferable skills. You have acquired abilities from previous positions.
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