Why are we so Afraid to Switch?
The number one thing about work or job security is that we all need it and want it. We all like having a routine and a place to go to work.
There is a social aspect to it, pride and honour in being able to say “I have a job”. The concept of having a job is bred into us by centuries of “going to work” The idea of being jobless and not having a place of work strikes fear into our hearts because we all have bills to pay.
Most people will go on to secondary education. Upon completion, they will need a job to settle that massive student loan. Step one, get a job in whatever field to pay back the loan.
Step two. Find the Dream Job!
My dream job was to be a car mechanic, I love cars. I fell in love with a red and white Mustang Shelby on the cover of a car magazine in 1980. I was bitten by the car bug…
My 1976 Volkswagen Rabbit always had an issue or another. I wanted to be able to fix it. I love cars and motorcycles to this day. My dream never came true because our family built furniture. Instead of being a mechanic, I built furniture. The dream of being a mechanic evaporated. The love of cars has not.
The only hobby I had besides my car was soccer. I dabbled in writing… I wrote poems and the occasional short story. The idea of writing full-time had never occurred to me. More on the writing bit later.
Accidental writer? Yes, writing came later.
After my first trip to Indonesia, I began to write. It was partly out of boredom. Spending a month in Bali, I could only eat and go to the beach so often. I would have eaten myself to death or turned into a lobster under the sun.
My girlfriend at the time was a writer. So, I picked up a few notebooks and began to write. Yes, I wrote the old-fashioned way because I didn’t have a laptop. I wrote by hand in a notebook, several to be exact. The rest as they say is history. The intriguing part was that it all came very naturally to me. There you have it, my first career switch.
Furniture to writing. How could this be?
At the time it seemed to me that making furniture was all I knew how to do. Now this writing thing… Well, it took me by surprise. There I was writing movie scripts and making money being a writer.
Can you make a change as well? What could you turn into a job? What else are you good at? Are you good enough at it to make a living? I didn’t know I would be until I tried. Going from furniture manufacturing to being a writer is a long stretch. However, it is not the only career change in my life.
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