As a general rule, until we are 20 years old, we listen to the opinion of what other people want our life to be, thus making decisions that lead us to maturity with the feeling of not having known how to choose the appropriate professional career. However, despite what you may believe, it is never too late to start a new professional or business as an adult. Why? We discuss the reasons in the following article:
A change can always be exhilarating
Work occupies more than half of our lives, spread over 8 hours a day out of the 16 hours we spend awake. An investment too heavy to devote to an activity that has ceased to satisfy us. Is this why in Japan some companies allow you to bring the cat to the office? This measure has already been implemented by Ferray Corp as an antidepressant at work.
And it is that, not only young people go through vocational crises but also - and in all their right - it happens in adulthood. In fact, according to a study by Andrew Oswald, satisfaction in life corresponds to the shape of a 'U'. In this, the top two points make up what we call ‘happiness’ while the bottom part would be times of crisis, change and disagreement that are accentuated between 44 and 55 years of age. In this sense, David Thomas, executive director of Crac, the Center for Career Advice and Research, expresses himself positively in The Guardian: “For most people, a big career change is a very positive experience and almost always a success story. If you can find a role that you like, the change will be totally exhilarating. "
You will take the practice with you
In the book "Outliers," Malcolm Gladwell also explores what some of the best-known successful personalities - from daring innovators like Steve Jobs to admirable athletes like Michael Jordan - have in common to find the following: Yes, talent and skills matter but not as much as the minimum 10,000 hours of deliberate practice required to achieve any goal.
In this way, if you have been working for more than 5 years in a full-time job (8 hours, five days a week) you have already reached the minimum 10,000 hours that Gladwell talks about and - contrary to what is thought - Changing jobs does not mean giving up your practice but taking it with you to your next career where you can achieve the success you are looking for.
And, most of the time, success is not the result of a high IQ but is the result of practice. In fact, according to this infographic made by Betway Casino in which common patterns of the most admirable personalities are analyzed (such as Nobeles, Oscars, Olympians, among others) it was found that they obtained practice in their field for at least 13 years. Therefore, if there is a handicap when starting something in adulthood, it is practice, because success is nothing more than hours and hours of effort, determination and focus on a defined objective. This has been called 'the magic rule' and has been applied by such successful figures as Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett or Elon Musk who advocated for 10 years dedicating at least 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert in any subject .
Others have already made a change and achieved success
In this Huffington Post article, we have found well-known personalities who changed careers in adulthood. Among them we find Allen Ginsberg, an American poet who, before standing out for his famous poem "Howl," went through numerous jobs, including a night porter, welder, cargo worker, and dishwasher.
For his part, Brad Pitt before being one of the best actors we have today, used to dress like a giant chicken in front of a restaurant called "El Pollo Loco" where he had to greet the cars as they passed. In addition, he also drove limos for strippers at bachelor parties.
Meanwhile, Walt Disney, before he became a pioneer of cartoons, was fired for "not having too much imagination and good ideas" at the newspaper for which he worked as an editor. After his story, the creator of Disneyland left us with one of his great phrases: "Ask yourself if what you are doing today will take you where you want to go tomorrow."
As you can see, it is not necessary to stay stuck in the comfort zone caused by a job in which we feel safe but not satisfied. And, the question is not "is it too late?" but: what do you expect from the rest of your life? You can be part of that many percent of people who end up in the wrong job or you can decide to change now. You will only find the answer within yourself!