Young people (and by “young”, I generally mean the under-thirties) have long enjoyed a reputation for fun and carefree spontaneity. However, I have recently noticed some interesting changes taking place amongst the young people I coach.
Instead of taking an experimental, devil-may-care attitude to their future, as previous generations have done, a great deal of young people now seem to exercise a great deal of caution – perhaps in response to fears in the wider world about Brexit, and about job insecurity in general. After all, it is well known that in today’s world there is no such thing as a job for life, which can instil a strong sense of fear when your career hasn’t even started yet.
One young client stood out to me recently however, when she announced during one of our sessions that she was going to abandon her relatively comfortable job and plunge headfirst into a new career. Not only was her enthusiasm infectious, but she didn’t appear to be worried about what might happen if her new career failed. “If it doesn’t work out, I’ll just have to try something else instead,” she told me casually.
I found her positivity very inspiring, and our conversation started me thinking about how the right mindset can be of great help to us all, as we navigate our lives and careers.
For example, if you are made redundant, you might very well feel sad about losing your job, and scared about the uncertainty that lies before you. These feelings may stop you from deciding to take the chance of starting a business on your own, or applying for a long-coveted ‘dream’ role.
On the other hand, if you approach your redundancy as a new opportunity to tread the path of your dreams, and as fertile ground for learning new skills, then you will meet your future with much more positivity and a far greater willingness to succeed.
Clearly, if you are looking to start a new business or begin a brand-new career then the future will suddenly appear to be very uncertain, and there are definitely many considerations to take into account when you become your own boss. But if you face each and every new challenge with a determined and positive mindset, and as an opportunity to learn, then who knows what you might be able to achieve?