563: Career Wanderlust: Leaving a Job You’re Great At to Search for an Even Better Fit

Bobby enjoyed his job, and he was great at it, but he felt a pull toward something else that wouldn't go away... so he took a leap, put in a 9-month notice with his company, and began his career change journey



Bobby Grimm, Engagement Manager

Bobby was working for a great organization, doing meaningful work he enjoyed, but he still felt like something was missing from his career.

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“What it ultimately came down to was the idea of something new and different, even if I didn’t know what it was, continued to be more exciting than staying where I was.”

You don’t have to dislike your current career to want to make a change. Sometimes you feel a tug toward something new and exciting while you’re in a really great situation, and that’s completely normal!

But if you’re not being burned out or feeling tired of the work you’re doing, it can be hard to make the decision to leave, and even harder to take action.

So how do you push yourself to make a change when you’re in a really comfortable situation?

First you have to justify with yourself that its ok to want something different. We evolve and grow over time, and what once felt fulfilling may no longer align with your ideal situation.

Also, know that a change will not reflect poorly on you. You can leave your job on good terms, and even set your organization up to be in a great place when you leave. (Psst here’s a podcast about that exact scenario! Build Bridges, Don’t Burn Them: How To Leave A Job on Good Terms)

When Bobby Grimm approached us he had been at his organization for 8 years. He really liked his job — he was really good at what he did, he liked the people he worked with, but he had gotten to the point where he couldn’t stop thinking, “What else is out there?” 🤔💭

“Things change over time. It’s not an indictment on the organization, the people you work with, or anything that’s wrong with you to decide that you’re ready for a change at some point. You might have outgrown that job; it was once the stretch opportunity you were looking for, and now you have conquered it and you’re ready for the next thing.”

It would have been really easy for Bobby to stay at his organization because it checked almost all of the boxes! However, he felt that since he’d had that tug towards something new, to stay would be to settle… he needed to change to grow!

“I wasn’t leaving because something had gone awry. I was leaving, because something on the other side of the horizon just felt like it was calling” 🤩

Once you’ve decided you want to make a change, how do you take action and push yourself to leave your comfortable job?

Let’s walk through exactly how Bobby did this!


Bobby had been considering making a change for a while, and that nagging feeling just wouldn’t go away. It was consuming him, and he felt like something that fit him better was out there! He was feeling unfulfilled and complacent, and knew those negative emotions were bleeding into other parts of his life, and negatively affecting his family and other priorities.

“I was concerned about coming home and carrying the stress, or the frustrations, or the dissatisfaction, the wanderlust of what else could be next, and not doing anything about it. That is affecting the way that I come home and act with my kids or with my wife. So there was a part of that. And honestly, I didn’t know what was going to be next. So I just knew that where I had been, or where I was, I had sat on it for long enough to know that that nagging feeling of wanting to make a change didn’t go away…”


Tell people you are making a change. If you’re not quite ready to have that conversation with your organization, start telling other people in your life.

Begin talking to your partner using the language of “when I make a change” instead of “if I make a change” Bring it up casually when talking to your friends or your neighbors. All of these small changes will help you think of the change as reality, and this will provide momentum.

When Bobby decided it was time to tell his organization he wanted to make a change, he gave nine months’ notice so that they could all work together to make his transition seamless.

“I put a stake in the ground. I gave nine months’ notice saying I’d love to finish out the rest of our fiscal year, if you’ll have me. And that was done without knowing what was next… I was going to figure that out.”

Bobby set a clear deadline for himself, even though he hadn’t figured out what he wanted to do next, to make it a reality that pushed him to make moves more rapidly. Here is what he said to his boss:

“I said I don’t know what’s what’s next. I just know that I’ve been kind of thinking about making this change, I’ve been sitting on it, I’ve been talking to my wife and friends about it and literally just trying to figure out if this is like a temporary thing or if I’m really ready for that next step. I didn’t make this decision lightly. I put a lot of thought into it, and that feeling hasn’t gone away that I’m just ready for a change. Since I already know now that I’m going to be looking and leaving I’d rather just be as transparent and collaborative with you to help find my successor versus giving you two weeks notice before I leave.”

Setting a deadline will cause you to move past perfection or overthinking and move into imperfect action, and you will make moves more rapidly than you would have without it.


Once you have given yourself a deadline, make a plan for the next 9-months, or however long you have.

Do something, even small things, that progress you each day. Our 8-Day Mini Course is a great place to start.

Determine what you want to achieve in the short term and long term. Break down your goals into smaller, actionable steps to make them more manageable.

Add things into your day-to-day life that broaden your mindset and make you think about career possibilities.

  • Begin journaling about your past roles or your career aspirations.
  • Listen to podcasts or audiobooks about career change, self improvement or industries you’re interested in.
  • Make a list of people you know, or friends of friends, who do work (or have hobbies!) you are interested in. Begin casual reach-outs, simply asking those people about what they do.

You don’t have to be a one-man band! A career change doesn’t have to be a lonely venture. You will move much quicker when you reach out to others for help, whether that’s asking for advice or finding out information that they know – it will all move you in the right direction! Here are some people to consider:

  • People who have jobs that interest you (or who seem like they love what they do!)
  • “Experts” of fields you’re interested in
  • People who have made a big career changes
  • Career coaches (we know some pretty great ones)
  • Fellow career changers (accountability buddies are great!)


Understand that a career change may not happen overnight.

Stay flexible and open to new opportunities, and be persistent in making small movements.

Stay motivated by focusing on “your why” and celebrate your progress (no matter how big or small!)

Along the way you’ll learn and experience new things – your preferences and priorities may evolve. Allow yourself the freedom to adapt and refine your ideal career criteria.

It may take longer than expected. The uniqueness of the type of opportunity you’re looking for is not a simple process. You’re not just looking for another job, you’re making an intentional change and searching for work that fits you and lights you up!

The role you ultimately choose may not be exactly what you set out looking for, but as you go through the process it is likely your criteria will change, and you will realize your must-haves.

“I better understood my strengths, I better understood how to articulate my experiences, I had a better understanding and handle on how to explain what I was looking for, and what was important to me. But I also didn’t land where I thought I would, and that’s okay. I think I learned additional things that were important. My criteria changed a little bit, and so when I fast forwarded towards the tail end, I had a better understanding that I wasn’t looking for just one thing. I was looking for a set of criteria and what was going to be right best fit, and I was more open minded about saying yes to an opportunity that sounded like great.”

This process is all about creating your ideal career profile and then tweaking it and evolving it as you learn more and more about yourself!

Don’t doubt yourself. Finding fulfilling work that fits you is worth it! We’ll leave you with this advice from Bobby:

“If you feel like that itch that you’ve been sitting with just isn’t going away, then it’s probably time to explore it.”

What you’ll learn

  • Embracing change is natural – It’s okay to make a career change even if you’re currently in a good situation
  • How to set boundaries with yourself and current organization when beginning your career change
  • How to roll with the punches of career change and come out with a role you love, even if it’s not the role you expected
  • Why your idea of your dream job may not actually be what you’re looking for

Success Stories

I think one of the reasons the podcast has been so helpful to me is because you talk to people in different roles, and all of a sudden I have exposure to people in different roles. Talking about why they got there and what they like about it.

Laura Morrison, Senior Product Manager, United States/Canada

One of the most key things we talked about was feeling instead of thinking, I would think all the time, about this and that, I would just take time to feel. That is the key for really understanding where you are supposed to be and what you love.

Kelly , Leadership Recruiter, United States/Canada

Bobby Grimm 00:01

I think that was one of those moments that I was just realizing that being good at something, though, doesn't necessarily mean you're going to be happy at it. Or that is this fulfilling as something else might be.

Introduction 00:20

This is the Happen To Your Career podcast with Scott Anthony Barlow. We hope you stop doing work that doesn't fit you. Figure out what does and make it happen. We help you define the work that is unapologetically you, and then go get it. If you feel like you were meant for more, and you're ready to make a change, keep listening. Here's Scott. Here's Scott. Here's Scott.

Scott Anthony Barlow 00:44

I think all the time when people find our podcast, they think about, "Well, I must not enjoy my job", or, "This is for people who don't really like their work and want to do something that they actually do like." And actually what we find is that's not always the case. What about if you were changing careers, and you've had a job that actually was something that you really enjoyed, and maybe you've even found that it's impactful, or it's what we might call "meaningful work" or "more fulfilling work", and you're even great at your job because you're using your strengths, and you have a team that you love working with? Okay, so if your current role checks these boxes, you might wonder why you still feel that tug to make a change. Is it possible to justify leaving what many people might consider a great career? The short answer is yes. The grass may actually be greener on the other side.

Bobby Grimm 01:39

I wasn't leaving because of some something had gone awry. I was leaving because something on the other side of the horizon just felt like it was called.

Scott Anthony Barlow 01:49

That's Bobby Grimm. Bobby is a career change veteran. He started his career as an attorney and eventually transitioned to the nonprofit sector. After eight years in his nonprofit role, he wasn't necessarily unhappy. But he had gotten to the point where he couldn't stop thinking, "What else is out there?" Bobby did a great job setting boundaries around the fact that he needed to change. I'm actually really excited for you to hear how he took the time to dig in and get very granular on exactly what an ideal career, an ideal next step would look like for him. But first, here's Bobby going way back to the beginning of his career.

Bobby Grimm 02:27

I was finishing up college shortly after 9-11, job market was changing as a result of that tragedy. But from my standpoint, I had always thought about going on for something past College Law School had kind of been on the radar. So I went and really didn't enjoy just about all of law school. But I came out, and my first job was a judicial clerk. So I worked for a judge on the Indiana Court of Appeals. And so I did that for about a year and then went into private practice. And I was primarily a business litigator. So that's kind of the high level, but I did that for, I think I practiced law in total for about eight years or so. And during that time, I had just had kind of an interesting conversation with a friend about, "I'm not sure if this is what I want to do for the rest of my life." And that was just really informal, literally sitting around the pool talking. And maybe a year or so later, she called me up and was like, "Hey, have you ever heard of KIPP?" I said, "No. What's KIPP?" And it was, you know, KIPP is a network of nonprofit charter schools. We got talking because she'd come across a role that she thought I might be interested in if I was truly interested in, like, a non-traditional path after practicing law. So I looked at the role, interviewed for it, the person that interviewed me ended up leaving the organization, so the things just kind of died there. But I was really fascinated with what KIPP was doing. I scheduled like a tour when I visited the local schools in Indianapolis. It was just really taken by what I saw. So I was like, "I got to be involved with this." I started volunteering there for about two years. And then fast forward a couple years, they got a big grant. And that executive director said, "Hey, this might be a shot in the dark, but you clearly care about our organization. I'm creating a new role. And I'm wondering if you would be interested in applying for it." So I started working there. So I wasn't in the charter school world then for about the next seven or eight years, I think it was.

Scott Anthony Barlow 04:35

What caused you to decide that you wanted to move on from that role, that situation?

Bobby Grimm 04:43

Yeah. So I felt limited in where I could go. I felt a little bit limited in terms of like, I don't know that I want to be pigeonholed into education to finish my career, and I was already approaching that seven or eight-year mark where it was like, "well, a lot of people would probably view me as pigeonholed", so to speak.

Scott Anthony Barlow 05:01

It's that eight-year mark, by the way? Eight years where you spent in attorney land. And then eight years... it's the time period for change.

Bobby Grimm 05:11

I guess so. And honestly, that was part of it too. It's just, I think about like the world we live in, it's so normal for a lot of people to move on after a couple three years, it's pretty rare that people stay in a job for their whole career, let alone, or even just the eight years that I did, but I was ready for a change. And then I think I also just was, I can tell that the way I felt on a day-to-day basis over time was just not feeling fulfilled. I was concerned about coming home and carrying the stress, or the frustrations or the dissatisfaction, the wonder, or the wanderlust of like, what else could be next, and I'm not doing anything about it, and that's affecting the way that I come home and act with my kids or with my wife. So there was a part of that. And honestly, I didn't know what was going to be next. So I just knew that where I had been, or where I was, I had sat on it for long enough to know that nagging feeling of wanting to make a change didn't go away. So I finally just had to do something about it. And I put a stake in the ground. I gave nine months' notice saying, "I'd love to finish out the rest of our fiscal year if you'll have me." And that was done without knowing what was next, I was going to figure that out. But I felt like it was the right thing to do to give my colleagues as much notice as possible so that they could kind of work and I could collaborate with them to find my successor or successors.

Scott Anthony Barlow 06:50

I love that. That's actually a technique that I've used many times over, where putting that stake in the ground, as you say, causes it to become a reality, or for, in my case, I think about it causes me to make movements I would not otherwise make or more rapidly than I would make without it. And it sounds like that same thing was true for you. Was that something that was uncomfortable at the time? Or did it really just make sense for you and feel very comfortable? What do you remember feeling as you were doing that, as you were having those conversations with the leadership team, as you were talking to the people at your organization and letting them know, "I'm going to... here's the steak, I'm leaving in nine months" what was that like for you?

Bobby Grimm 07:36

Yeah, it was hard at times. I mean, and it was hard throughout, really, the next... until I found my current job. So I mean, I wrestled with it. And I'd say for a couple of different reasons. You know, when I had the conversation with my boss in October, and gave that nine-month notice, part of his response was, "Help me understand why. Because you're really good at what you do. You're doing work that's impactful, and it matters." And he was saying this with all sincerity. And the third thing was, "You like the people you work with" like that's a pretty good combination. And all of that was true. And my response was like, "Yeah, you're right. I think that was one of those moments that I was just realizing that being good at something, though, doesn't necessarily mean you're going to be happy at it, right? Or that it's as fulfilling as something else might be, or something that comes naturally or that best leverages your signature strengths versus, right?"

Scott Anthony Barlow 08:33

Do you remember what you said at the time to your boss? Do you remember how that conversation went? Or what words you use as you're talking through it?

Bobby Grimm 08:40

Yeah. I think it was similar to... I said, "You're right." I said, "You're 100% right. And I don't know what's next. I just know that I've been kind of thinking about making this change. I've been sitting on it, I've been talking to my wife and friend about it. And literally just trying to figure out if this is like a temporary thing, or if this is... if I'm really ready for that next step. And so, I didn't make this decision lightly. There was a lot of, like, thoughtfulness that went into it." I think I just, going back to the stake in the ground, I think I just said, "I put a lot of thought into it. And that feeling hasn't gone away that I'm just ready for a change. And if I already know now that I'm going to be looking and leaving I'd rather just be as transparent and collaborative with you to help find my successor versus giving you some, you know, two weeks' notice before I leave" and again, there's nothing, like you said, I don't think that it's wrong in a lot of situations to give two weeks notice, but I think for me, I just... I know that if I'm going to be leaving, let's plan for it. And I trusted that they would be right by me in that process, not showing me the door sooner than necessary, and they did.

Scott Anthony Barlow 09:52

What do you feel like it was that caused you to decide to seek out other help for moving back into a different type of role?

Bobby Grimm 10:04

I just found myself trying to reflect, trying to think about what I enjoyed, and I think I was doing some of the right things. But one day, I just literally got on and Googled– "How to make a career change?" or something like that. And I found Happen To Your Career pops up. And I see that they have this eight-day mini course. I'm like, "Okay, cool. This sounds great and it's free. This is an easy way for me to have some support to guide me through this process." Well, me being super detail-oriented or thorough, and I think I enjoyed the reflective part of the process as well. That eight-day course probably took me more like a month or two. I don't know.

Scott Anthony Barlow 10:49

I could really see you digging into it for sure.

Bobby Grimm 10:52

Yeah, I mean, I literally would sit down and reflect and journal on those things. And then I just got to the point that I felt like... I had looked maybe at some other opportunities as well. But I felt like, if this is the kind of content that you have and can use for free, I'm gonna give them a call. So I scheduled a call, talked to Phillip, and just from the time that I did the 8-day mini-course to talking to Phillip to meeting you, I kind of, and other people in the organization just felt very authentic, like I said before, it's important to me, your normal people who genuinely care about helping people. It's not just the business and maybe if I think that all the other people are normal that means I'm the crazy one. It just felt right. So yeah, started working with you both, and then after that.

Scott Anthony Barlow 11:44

Well, I have appreciated the opportunity to work with you. And you and I actually got to do something, I don't think we've ever done quite the same way. You and I got to work together for a couple of sessions– two or three sessions at the very beginning– as you're getting started really defining your strengths and beginning to understand how to utilize those for what you want to do next. And I wanted to ask you about the process. After the initial work on strengths, what did you find to be the most challenging parts of making a career change for you, especially in the way that you wanted to do it?

Bobby Grimm 12:26

Yeah, a couple of things come to mind immediately. One was just that it took longer than expected. And part of that was driven by... maybe the, arguably the uniqueness of the type of opportunity that I was looking for. I was also... it took a little while for me, and part because of that, I think, because of just some fits and starts and some of the changes with like my wife's job, I kind of had to run hard at times, slow down at times, deal with stuff with the family, the kids when they're sick, etc. So the duration really wore on me and it was hard. I would also say along the way, this, I wouldn't say that we met and had a few sessions, and all of a sudden, I knew exactly what I was going to chase. And I never deviated from it going forward. I don't think that that's what listeners should really expect, right? I think you're going to start out in the process, discover some things that are important to you, and the types of environments or people and work that you are attracted to. And then you're going to chase that but probably pivot along the way. And it's going to be this nonlinear path, at least for me it was, right? So along the way, throughout this, I think I would think for a moment that I'm chasing the right thing. And I might be really excited about an opportunity even and maybe... and I had a few situations in which I was, I made it pretty far like to a finalist round of interviews, and then didn't land the job. And while that was hard in the moment, something that I subsequently learned from it was, the next time something came along, I was still getting excited about it. I was still... I was like this is actually better than the one before. And I don't think that's because I'm some eternally optimistic person. I'm pretty realistic and practical. But I think that what helped me understand was, there's not just like one dream job out there, there's not just like one path that I could probably follow and be content, or it's gonna, you know, there were multiple different opportunities, all of which checked a number of really key boxes for me. And so when I got to the point, you know, as this process drove on for me, and I started to realize that, I think both with that realization and then also just the conversations with me and my wife, where we had to, again, put a stake in the ground, like, "Okay, it's time for me to get back to work." We put a stake in the ground on July 1st. I need to either be in that new job or really close like wrapping up the final details of one. And once I had realized that there were a number of different paths that I could follow, and I was okay with just saying "yes" to an opportunity and seeing where the path would lead and what unfolded instead of frankly being as picky as I had been, things just... I got a lot more, I started getting a lot more traction. I had far more interviews in that last month or two than I had leading up to that. And then July 1st came and I was sitting on two or three offers, some that were better than others or better fits. But I ended up actually having this interview on July 1st, I remember it was a Friday. And this is the day that I'm supposed to write, I'm supposed to have all of this wrapped up. And I had this interview scheduled for a job I applied for and I had said, I talked to my wife and to Phillip and I think I had a long walk while I talked with my sister the day before, I was like, "Look, I'm sitting on these couple offers, I gotta make a decision." But my sister asked, "Do you have something... Is there anything else like any other irons in the fire?" I said, "Yeah, I've got this interview tomorrow. But I need to make a decision." Like this is the timeframe that I'm working on. And unless they're ready to move light and quick, and they see something in me immediately, I'm not expecting it to happen. Well, that Friday morning interview, the conversation was like, "Hey, we've actually got this other opportunity. Would you be interested in hearing about it? I think you might be a great fit for it." And long story short, that was the job that I'm now in.

Scott Anthony Barlow 16:40

Well, here's what I think is fascinating about your story. It is this really interesting, almost paradoxical set of directions. Because initially, you had to put this very firm stake in the ground to get movement forward that caused you to stop looking for, let's call it the perfect thing. And then start looking for things that really check some of the most important boxes and just moving forward on those in order to see what happened. And then, at some point, that had to shift again, that type of mindset in some ways had to actually shift again, because it sounds like you had two or three offers there. And none of them were quite exactly what you were looking for. And you knew that, and you had to almost say, "Okay, well, in some ways going to be slightly less firm and continue looking", as opposed to saying, "Okay, well, these offers are here, the timelines here. And, okay, I just need to pick one of these and not worry about anything else." So it's almost like, in some ways, you had to bounce back and forth from mindset. But I'm wondering if that's how you felt about it? How did you look at that situation? And what would you advise other people, as they're making career changes, how would you advise them to think about this type of process?

Bobby Grimm 17:58

I would just say, for me, by the tail end of it, when I started to see things really happening, it was... I'm sure part of it was a result of a lot of work and preparation that went into things. And I was finally honing in on more of the right things, and approaching those opportunities in the right way or a more effective way, right? I better understood my strengths, I better understood how to articulate my experiences, I had a better understanding and handle on how to explain what I was looking for, and what was important to me. So all of that was real. But I also think that, as I said, part of it was just having the wreck when I finally recognized that there wasn't going to be just this one ideal job, or at some point in the process, I had actually poured a lot of time and effort into creating my own job description, which wasn't a waste of time. But it's also, at least for me, creating my own job description again, after I did that, I would say, kickstart me in the right direction. But I also didn't land where I thought I would, right? And that's okay. I think I learned additional things that were important. My criteria changed a little bit, so to speak. And so when I fast-forwarded towards that tail end, I had a better understanding that I wasn't looking for just one thing. I was looking for a set of criteria and what was going to be the best fit, and I was just willing to... I was more open-minded about saying "yes" to an opportunity that sounded, like, great. Phillip had to often remind me like, "Don't stress about this one that you're not excited about. You don't have to say yes to it", right? "But when there are other ones that are really good fits, you don't know, you never know until you're in it, whether it's going to be great, or maybe it's great for a while and then things change." So when I started to just go into it more with this open mind of being ready to say yes to a good-to-great opportunity, then all of a sudden, it seemed like I was finding more of those good-to-great opportunities. And yeah, trusting the process, I guess, like praying for things and literally moving towards that July 1st. And then on July 1st, the job that I'm in opened up, and I didn't see it coming from anywhere. To me, it felt like it was meant to be. It felt right. It felt, I kind of felt like God had said, "Yeah, here's what you've been working towards." That may not be the way everybody else feels, or you know, and I certainly didn't feel that way every day of the rest of the process, but that's kind of how it all came together. Really.

Scott Anthony Barlow 20:41

It's so fascinating to me how you put it, and I say you, but really, this is true of many of the people that we've been able to help guide through career changes in one way or another. Where you put in all of this work, and it's this process of tweaking and evolution and learning and being open to new things, and then changing your mindset and replacing these learnings with new and better learnings and all the things that you mentioned. But then only after that does this crazy serendipitous seemingly almost, like well serendipitous, or, like God put it there, or this was meant to be, or this... those things happen way too frequently to be able to ignore. And in fact, anybody who's listened to this podcast for more than 10 episodes has probably heard that on one or two of those episodes in one way or another. So it's this really interesting observation that I've seen again and again and again, where almost luck or external forces meet preparation. And I think that that is so fun to see. And I think that that's a big element that is hard to pin down for people, and hard to, certainly, it's hard to trust. It's even harder to trust for me. But we keep seeing it happen over and over again. And it's so fun that that's a part of your story.

Bobby Grimm 21:58

Yeah, absolutely.

Scott Anthony Barlow 21:59

If you think back to any of those moments where you realize that, "You know what, this is no longer as good as it was. This is no longer what I want anymore." And you're thinking about being right on the edge of that precipice where like, "Should I do this?" "Should I not do this?" "Is it time to create change?" What advice would you give to people who are in that moment and they're trying to decide what's right for them for the next step in the future?

Bobby Grimm 22:25

Yeah, I have thought about this. And I think for me, what it probably boils down to, I mean, I think you kind of nailed it, in some sense. Like, there are jobs that I've had that I was in love with for a while, right, I felt like I had made the right step. It's okay for people to first recognize that things change over time, right? So that one's really fulfilling job, it's not an indictment on the organization, the people you work with, or anything that's wrong with you to decide that you're ready for a change at some point. You might have outgrown that job, it was once the stretch opportunity you are looking for, and now you have conquered it and you're ready for the next thing. But that next thing is just not there in your current organization, whatever it may be. But for me, I think, and I've heard this many times on the podcast, right, people, myself included, will often sit on the decision to make a change for longer than maybe then they should. I think paying attention to how you feel, as you're deciding, though, is part of the process. Like for me, it was, I think I touched on this when I told my boss, leaving my last organization like I had been sitting on it for a long time. And what it ultimately came down to was the idea of something new and different, even if I didn't know what it was, continued to be more exciting than staying where I was. So even though I was more like afraid of, I don't know what I'm going to do, I didn't have any answer for my boss when I left about what was next, I didn't have anything really negative to say about, like, my experience really, like I wasn't leaving because of something had gone awry. I was leaving because something, on the other side of the horizon, just felt like it was calling, right? And that remained true through the ups and downs after I had put in my notice, right? I had opportunities to stay where I was and decided to not chase the career change idea. But again, like what I often found myself, where I found myself landing was, the idea of staying feels more tiring or exhausting or just less exciting than making a change and chasing that, right? And I would say I've seen that in conversations with like, even just with some of my close friends or brother-in-laws, when I've described the change that I did make, some of them are doing great in their careers and they've been there for a while, but part of the response I got was how that sounds really fun and exciting and almost like energizing to just go and do something different. And so paying attention to that, if you feel like that itch that you've been sitting with just isn't going away, then it's probably time to explore it.

Scott Anthony Barlow 25:23

Most of the episodes you've heard on Happen To Your Career showcase stories of people that have taken the steps to identify and land careers that they are absolutely enamored with, that match their strengths, and are really what they want in their lives. If that's something that you're ready to begin taking steps towards, that's awesome. And we want to figure out how we can help. So here's what I would suggest. Take the next five seconds to open up your email app and email me directly. I'm gonna give you my personal email address, scott@happentoyourcareer.com. Just email me and put conversation in the subject line. And when you do that, I'll introduce you to someone on our team who can have a super informal conversation with and we'll figure out the very best type of health for you, whatever that looks like. And the very best way that we can support you to make it happen. So send me an email right now with conversation in the subject line.

Scott Anthony Barlow 26:15

Here's a sneak peek into what we have coming up in store for you next week.

Speaker 3 26:20

When you look at a timeline of your career, not on your own life, but let's just say your career. You know, as I'm reaching my 50s now, what did I want to do with the last 10 years?

Scott Anthony Barlow 26:35

Why is it that so many career changes don't work out? You make the decision to move from one role to another, but a few weeks or months go by, and you find yourself just as unsatisfied as you were in your last job. No good, right? Over and over again, we've heard from people who made unsuccessful career changes before reaching out to us. And it turns out, that when we break down what caused that lack of success is that they didn't necessarily experiment, or put in the time to experiment before jumping into a new role, a new company, a new industry, or something else. They just took a job at face value and expected it to be better than the last without a lot of evidence that it would fit them. This is why we recommend designing career experiments. Not only do they allow you to figure out what you really want without having to commit years to staying with another company or another role that potentially is not a fit. But this process, as it turns out, is far different from just showing up to a new role and expecting it to be rainbows and butterflies.

Scott Anthony Barlow 27:42

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