3 Powerful Principles That Helped Me Change My Career
And My Life Holistically.
Shifting from industry to industry, I’ve come to multiple tipping points that assisted me in constantly reinventing and rebranding myself for whenever it’s necessary. Be it a simple outfit change from a chef’s pants and a toque to a suit-and-tie accessorized with a brown leather bag and tri-colored patterned socks. Whenever a change in our life happens, we tend to adapt — it’s just human nature.
Now I’m not here to discuss the apparent truths about life. Instead, I wanted to release some motivational kicks I have been keeping on the back burner that’s been aiding me in keeping up for the past couple of weeks where big things in my life are currently in transition.
Every next level of your life will demand a different you.
I formally recognize my career started when I first held a 10-inch Wusthof Chef’s knife at a commercial kitchen in the middle of New York City. It was my first attempt at making a name for myself in the so-called ‘real world’ as it was my internship 4000 miles from where I was formerly living. Little did I know that two years later, my whole career would swing around to a completely unrelated one for which I’m still trying to get a better grasp on— Marketing.
I was used to facing blazing gas convection ranges and greased stainless steel bowls, answering to order receipts and firing five entrees in under 4 minutes, running around my fellow cooks and screaming like crazy, ‘Hot behind! Move over!’ ‘Yes, chef!’ ‘I need more plates!’
But that all changed when I shifted to corporate. Offices demanded a different me. A me that I thought would never exist — the finesse, the eloquence, and the strategist. Learning by observing as to how things were done, said, and analyzed by my colleagues. At first, I fell into the infamous impostor syndrome.
What am I doing here? Am I supposed to be in here? I’m not sure if I’m doing things right. I don’t think I can ever be like these people.
Growth may be uncomfortable, but it’s better than staying stuck.
The shift in career required me to grow into a different version of who I am at my best. If my best could formerly execute dinner service on a busy New York Restaurant Week smoothly, I have to bring that guy on a whole other different demeanor and let him venture into this new playing field and attempt to be noteworthy as he has been previously.
The first few roles I’ve taken ownership of in the corporate field diminished my grasp on things: myself, schedule, and relationships. A lot of sacrifices has been done because of the demand of uncomfortable long days and nights where I was up studying everything that I could in order to keep up with those who’s been in the arena all this time.
There were times I wanted to quit and decide that maybe this path isn’t right for me. Those days were grueling when I was battling with myself over which certain things I should invest my time in the present time because these years are vital in paving any twentysomethings Yellow Brick Road leading to whichever Emerald City they’re about to venture.
In the end, I’ve decided to commit to my decision and aggressively take on multiple challenges that could build me up into this new role, entirely new set of being.
Eliminate what doesn’t help you evolve.
In the path of rebranding myself, I’ve let go of a myriad of things that don’t necessarily seem to be helpful in any kind, especially those things that are keeping a grip on myself that’s diminishing the possibilities of my own growth.
There will be an insurmountable amount of aspects in your life that you would have to brand as sacrifices in order to keep you moving forward:
People who are pulling you from who you aspire to be and are keeping you from leaving them behind, Possessions that are unconsciously aiding in your decisions whether you should stay on your physical location instead of making a move into a place where your dreams have a lot more chances of making it, and Personal details that are derailing you to become who you intend to be, be it as simple as self-doubts on accomplishing your newly found role to administering excellent presentation skills in public speaking opportunities.
Again, it’s by human nature that we are required to adapt and change in order to keep up with our peers and the shifting environment. Because life is all about change. Sometimes it’s painful. Sometimes it’s beautiful. But most of the time, it’s both.
Make sure to never lose who you were in the first place and the guiding principles that have been getting you everywhere.
Remember, whoever you were yesterday was the one who introduced you to today, so make sure your tomorrow will be excited to meet who you’re becoming right now.