It’s only just dawned on me that on this day (of the week) last year, I walked out of the doors of the company I’d spent more than 21 years working at for the last time as an employee. I wrote a little about it in this article, and thought I should perhaps share an update.
What a year it’s been! I took a short break including a few days holiday in Prague with Dee, before starting with my new employers. They are about 1000 times smaller in terms of manpower than the previous firm, and the two environments couldn’t be more different.
Working at a small, relatively new company, there have been so many opportunities to do new things, to try new roles, to let my imagination run riot to create new services and products which might give us the edge. For example, I got involved in writing the “screenplay” then filming and appearing in some marketing videos. I’ve been to new countries on business for the first time, none of which would have been possible at the last firm. I’ve delivered public presentations, gained two new certifications including one as a teacher, manned a stand at trade shows, appreared on panels of experts at information sharing events, carried out pure consultancy engagements and a whole host of other things. These were all new experiences for me.
Looking back at last year’s article I can see that I felt some trepidation about the move. I was worried that I’d become instiutionalised, too set in my ways, and therefore of limited use to my new employers. It was all very new and quite scary, a massive leap of faith in my own abilities, and do you know what? I’ve never looked back.
This move has been so positive for me, it’s given my career a good push, it’s boosted my self esteem and self confidence, and it’s given me back a feeling of enjoyment at work that I now realise had been missing for a long time. Simply put, it’s been a positive, life affirming, invigorating change, one I’m extremely happy to have made.
You can achieve anything if you put your mind to it
So what’s my point, I imagine I can hear you asking. It’s this: if you think you’ve gone stale at work, if you think you’re unemployable elsewhere, if you think you can’t learn new things, or experience new challenges because you’re “too old” or “too set in your ways”, then I have news for you: it’s never too late to change, it’s never too late to take on the new challenge. Yes it’s a scary thought, yes it’s a big leap, but live your life, don’t just accept your existence.
Be bold, dream big, and follow your dreams. As George and Marty McFly both said in Back to the Future: “You can achieve anything if you put your mind to it”.