Staying relevant

I started writing Boardroom to Beach Chair, and Back Again in 2006 when the world economy was strong and “dropping out” was a choice you could make, as opposed to one made for you. Books take a long time to write and publish and much has changed since I began. As the economy tanked in 2008, I had some hesitation about completing my book and starting my blog. Would it still be relevant? Would readers find it annoying to read about someone walking away from a very good job when nearly everyone I know is grateful to have a job? So I started asking everyone I met, “Would you read a book about rediscovering your passion for work? Even if starts with someone who walks away from a very good job? Would this subject still interest you and would you find it valuable to read in today’s world?” The answers I got back were resoundingly: “Yes!” People said they were interested in any real life story that had a happy ending, especially one on a topic that applied to them—work. And then I realized that now it is even more urgent to find one’s passion for work, since retiring early or changing jobs may no longer be an option. If you are stuck in a job, it is even more important to be happy at work.

If you happen to find yourself burned out by work, I have a story that might help you get some perspective back in your life. Even if you can’t afford to take time off from your job, I hope that this blog and book will offer you useful lessons for renewing your energy and enthusiasm for work.

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One Response to “Staying relevant”

  1. Siggy Linda says:

    Is leaving a good job to fulfill a personal dream just about being burned out or leaving an unsatisfying situation? I left a perfectly good job because friends convinced me I always wanted to go travelling and they wanted me to go with them. It was an out-of-the-box thing to do and, yes, I did feel confident I would find my next job afterwards.

    Nevertheless, it was a risk. A lot of people didn’t understand and I was going a long way from home. It was an exhausting and revealing experience about myself and others. It was one of the best things I ever did for myself. Not because of the miles I travelled, it was because of my inward journey. Anything that enriches your inward journey profits many areas of your life, not least the type and circumstances of work you do next. We can’t determine a good or bad job market by not taking risks. We can follow our personal dreams and grow in the experience. It’ll enrich whatever we do afterwards.

    I’m sure that reading about your story will help people get back perspective back in their lives. Not everybody can afford to give up a job, but we can benefit from others who have gone down that path. In your blog, you write about remarkable people you have met on your journey. And that it one of the essential experiences of putting yourself out on a limb. Hey, maybe you’ll even save a lot of folks the expense of having to leave their job and help them get some short-cut insights into some valuable learnings. So write on! I’ve been there and I’m still curious to read about your story.

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