Two of my recent Forbes posts bust limiting beliefs around what is possible in your career by featuring real-life stories of successful career change:
The Donut King, a repeat rags-to-riches entrepreneur who hustled all the way into his 70’s, making his final career pivot into real estate; and
A 50-year old paralegal, who went from layoff to promotion and significant salary bump as a Marketing Account Director.
Limiting beliefs hinder career success. Real-life examples such as these are the best way to stretch beyond your limiting beliefs because they show you that the unexpected is doable. If they can do it, why not you?
- Why can’t you do something dramatically different?
- Why can’t you earn more money than you have before?
- Why can’t you break into a new industry?
In the last five years, I have bought 13 investment properties, even though I didn’t have a real estate investment background (just two other properties pre-2013), and I have no family connections in real estate. But I read books about investing, replete with success stories, I joined associations full of people all excited about real estate, and I chose to notice the people from all sorts of background, including non-real estate, corporate only backgrounds like me, finding success in real estate. I replaced my limiting beliefs about needing lots of cash, waiting to amass special expertise, and being too risk averse with new positive stories of success.
If you are looking for a job and getting frustrated, pay particular attention to people who are getting jobs. Congratulate them. Celebrate with them. You don’t even have to get advice from them to have their good fortune benefit you – you will get inspired and feel more confident paying attention to good news.
If you are thinking of a career change, find as many examples as you can of people who have changed careers, even in different industries and roles than you are targeting. A bonus will be that you see how many different paths there are to make a change. But generally, you will benefit from getting more comfortable that, hey, this is doable, people are doing this at all levels, in varying industries, in different roles.
If you want to start a business, join a co-working space or attend a small business Meetup. Surround yourself with like-minded entrepreneurs. Keep your relationships with former colleagues, but recognize that most will likely play up your limiting beliefs, not help you conquer them.
The fastest way to defeat limiting beliefs is to replace them with other thoughts. When you surround yourself with success stories about the goal you’re trying to achieve, you will have more thoughts about success. You will have more confidence that change can happen. You will strengthen your belief that you can make change happen.