New Career Mindset
Regardless of what you do for a living and how you’ve pursued your career, you possess a personalized set of skills that acts in tandem with your unique perspective of the world. The lens through which you view life and process information is yours and yours alone, making you the consummate expert in the field of what you do and what you’ve done. All you need to do is to recognize the value of this personalized expertise.
Of course, the longer you’ve been working and the more you’ve achieved in your career, the more valuable your cultivated skill sets and personalized experience become. Now more than ever, baby boomers and corporate executives need to recognize this phenomenon as they set about to rebuild their finances in the face of the global economic downturn. It is time to drastically re-engineer careers that are no longer meeting economic needs or providing professional fulfillment.
The problem is that most people aren’t aware of the necessity of taking strong, purposeful action to this end. Many people become habituated to the status quo and don’t realize how profoundly it restricts them as they continue along their seemingly tried-and-true professional paths. In other cases, it’s just the opposite; people believe that they can’t do certain things because they don’t know how or because they’ve simply never done them before. This belief must be analyzed and rejected if a person is to find success in a whole new way by pursuing an entirely new endeavor.
Your personal skill set is entirely valuable, regardless of your background and experience. No matter what you’ve done in your career, no matter what company you’ve worked for or the jobs you’ve held, your resume has enormous value. Simply by scanning the job titles you’ve had, you’ll begin to get a sense of what that value is. It’s critical to give yourself credit where credit is due, particularly as you set about to consider new options and to evaluate new business opportunities. Don’t shortchange yourself. By effectively leveraging what you’ve done in the past, you can literally accomplish anything you want to achieve in the future.