I read an interactive LinkedIn blog recently on ‘If you could talk to the 19-year-old you, what would you tell them in hindsight?’ and easily 90% of answers were about ‘taking that risk’ and ‘don’t be afraid do take a leap of faith'. Yet it seems that the majority of people are very closed off to new opportunities. It's in our nature, to be comforted by normality and autonomy, and we try to prevent big changes wherever possible. If it's not broken, why fix it, right?
If I went back and told the 19-year-old me, living in the North East, in an employment break, not going to University, not knowing where I wanted to go or what I wanted to do - that I would be a home-owning mother, living in Cheshire and working in recruitment, I probably would have laughed in your face. How could I possibly end up in that scenario?
The short of it, I stepped out of my comfort zone at the time, and it paid off down the line.
Since changing careers to recruitment, I suppose it really is my job to convince many people to ‘take that risk’. Why would you want to leave a job that you know inside out, a role that helps you live within your means, pays the bills and is basically a comfort? Surely you would be silly to leave that!
How often have we heard of people leaving something good and the grass not being greener? Realistically, quite often.
But how many extremely successful people got there by just staying in their comfort zone? Realistically, none.
One of the hardest things for most of us to overcome is rejection and failure. If you know the odds are against you, chances are you won't do it.
How many people have a dream of starting their own business, doing something totally different from their current career? Or have an aspiration that sounds completely insane and unachievable in their ‘normal and average’ life? Probably the same amount of people who put the Lotto on…except you have more chance of being struck by lightning TWICE, than winning the lotto. Yet we still do it. Because the chance to win millions of pounds off a £2 ticket sounds amazing. But over the years, you will spend a small fortune with minimal chance of winning.
The simple phrase of ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again’ is something we should continue to live by, and not something we forget about once we leave primary school. You are never a failure for trying something new, for taking that leap of faith and stepping out of your comfort zone. You might not succeed, and you might try, try again and still not succeed. But each time you don’t succeed, take feedback, look at what did work, and go again.
The point I am trying to make is that you should always be open-minded. If you think there is even a slight chance that it can better your life, then throw your hat into the ring.
All of the candidates we place here at RMG are already well-established, high-calibre professionals, majorly already in employment. And those professionals we place successfully with our clients took a risk and our testimonials and long-standing relationships prove that.
Don’t spend your life waiting for lightning to strike you twice.