When you are facing a brand new page in life, when you are afraid because you are reinventing a working identity, artist Stan Fellows suggests that we do the “Dumb Thing” first.
Well, maybe he didn’t exactly say that about career reinvention. Although he recently reworked the way he earns a living.
What he has to say, and what I took from this sketchbook video clip was how to benefit from doing the most unpractical, logic void experiment first.
By doing the thing that seems impractical or silly we can relieve ourselves of excessive stress and pressure. And in the process, we actually take steps. We move from fear and paralysis toward movement and eventual outcomes.
Taking those first, few steps to carve out a new way of life or a new career can be some of the most terrifying and clumsy. And yet, often they are the most critical. When we take these steps in a manner suggested by Fellows, we unplug from being overly concerned with outcomes. We start to get traction.
I am a student of career reinvention. Having changed my working identity at least seven times and coaching those currently in the process I know many of the strategies that support reinvention.
Here are a few first steps that you can take right now:
- Study the book Working Identity by Hermina Ibarra
- Sign-up for one of our reinvention coaching engagements – inquire at email@example.com
- Watch our playlist on YouTube to hear from other people who are making the leap
- Read the related article in the Christian Science Monitor
No matter where you are, stop thinking about change and start acting toward your next working identity.
“Events forced me to act boldly, to act fearlessly, to take a chance and assess what really matters.” – Stan Fellows, a former acclaimed magazine illustrator who now paints landscapes along roadsides.
Changing a career means we must redefine our working identity. How we’ve considered ourselves in past, professional roles has become a sort of identity. Healthy and sustainable career transition often follows an act-first-then-think-about-it sequence of events. The intimate connection we have with our identity at work has come from years of action. When we take on the process of reinventing how we work and who we are at work, we are wise to resort to the same method – take action first.
Let me know if I can assist you in your quest for a new life or a new career – firstname.lastname@example.org