Life is short or life is long, either way career change makes sense

“I don’t want to start over now…” so began Dave a thirtysomething sales executive from Stamford who had just expressed his “near hatred of going to work each day.”

“Well, without a career change, you will be hating your work days for a very long time.” I responded.

It’s either a long life or short life depending on your perspective.

Either way, you should embrace career change as quickly as possible. If your perspective is “life is short” then it certainly follows that you should seize the day and do what is more suited to your enjoyment/fulfillment/life purpose etc.

Most operate under the view that “life is long” (even if they give lip service to the view that life is short).  I think this is a good thing – better to have a long than a short life – but sometimes it leads to extreme practicality. 

If it is your philosophy that we have a long life, then being practical make sense.  Make sure to save up for retirement!

But it also means that you’ll be doing whatever it is you don’t like doing for very long time. That makes no sense. So, for example, when working with a thirtysomething who thinks they are locked into their career path, I’ll gently remind them that they will potentially be in this career path until they are sixtysomething unless they affirmatively do something to change.

Cheers to a long life! Now, change your career asap.