#54: The Career change edition

Adam Reed
Man Body Spirit
Published in
6 min readApr 24, 2021


For a range of reasons, the Covid-19 pandemic has prompted a lot of people to think more deeply about their line of work.

For many it has been forced out of pure necessity as industries like travel, hospitality and brick and mortar retail have been hit hard, with widespread closures and job losses. And whilst not all businesses have suffered complete closure, furloughing staff and reducing working hours has been common.

Social distancing and reduced capacity has also changed the set up of a lot of workplaces, meaning that things people might have loved about their jobs before, such as interacting with others, just aren’t the same.

Meanwhile, for some industries, such as e-commerce, online learning and events, business has never been so good. This might be good news for shareholders, but it hasn’t been quite as enjoyable for the staff who, whilst fortunate to have the security of working for businesses thriving in the pandemic conditions, have found themselves pushed harder than ever to keep up with the demand and make hay whilst the proverbial sun shines, as they drag themselves through a draining daily dystopia of back-to-back video calls from dawn until dusk.

Whatever your personal situation, the nature of work has changed for almost everybody in one way or another. And whilst it’s hard to predict to what extent we will ever return to how things were pre-Covid-19, or how many of the changes we’ve experienced are here to stay, the past year’s events have prompted a lot of soul searching for many about the kind of work they want to be doing.

From practical considerations like weighing up the benefits of having a job that can just as easily be done from anywhere, with the expectation that you can carry on working regardless of how emotionally or mentally overwhelmed you feel.

To questions around purpose and the drive to use our talents to make a more positive impact that is brought into ever sharper focus when the daily global newsreels are so full of human and environmental suffering.

And to those of us who, over the past 14 months, have reconnected with old passions, or discovered new skills that we’re now excited to explore further.

So, if you find yourself at such a crossroads, whether you’re looking for inspiration or practical guidance to explore and inform your new direction, I hope you’ll find something of relevance in this week’s edition of The Power Up.

In this week’s issue:

  • Mental models for career changes
  • The psychological trap that’s keeping you from making smart career choices
  • 5 Strategies for reinventing your career in uncertain times
  • The hidden dangers of ‘following your passion’
  • Make life an adventure and it will change your life forever
  • Why it’s never too late to change your career
  • If you want a dream career, ask these 3 questions

Plus plenty of bonus content too…

As ever, I hope there’s something you can take away to help inform whatever your next move might be.

And if you’d like to receive The Power Up delivered direct to your inbox every weekend, you can sign-up here.

Mental models for career changes

Career changes are some of the biggest moves we will ever make, but they don’t have to be daunting.

Using mental models to make decisions, we can be clearer on where we want to go and how to get there.

The result is a change that aligns with the person we are, as well as the person we want to be.

Read more.

The psychological trap that’s keeping you from making smart career choices

Despite their huge life importance, many of us make flawed calculations when making career decisions, because their potential rewards are far away in the future.

Instead we often let the immediate next move, or the tempting offer of a pay rise blind us to the bigger picture of what actually makes the most sense for us.

This is called ‘temporal discounting’… Read more.

5 Strategies for reinventing your career in uncertain times

Periods of uncertainty also offer great opportunities for reflection and strategic planning.

Total control and predictability are always an illusion — and when circumstance strips that illusion away, it can open our minds to the wide variety of paths we could take.

Here HBR shares five strategies that can help anyone reinvent their career strategy.

The hidden dangers of ‘following your passion’

By 2009, “follow your passion” had become a dominant cultural narrative about success.

Books like The Four Hour Workweek proliferated. Bloggers were getting book deals and people were turning side hustles into full-time jobs. The advice to follow your passion was echoed in self-help books, blog posts, and commencement speeches.

But people rarely talk about the hidden dangers of following your passion…

Make life an adventure and it will change your life forever

Are you living paycheck to paycheck; project to project; or adventure to adventure?

Ponder this question as you watch this short, inspirational video from Dr. Benjamin Hardy.

A Job to Love

A Job to Love is a short, yet inspiring and provoking read from The School of Life that I’d recommend for anybody at a career crossroads, really unsure of where to turn next.

Mixing philosophy with psychology and short, fun-yet-insightful exercises, you’ll end the book with your eyes opened to possibilities and dreams that you’ve overlooked or long forgotten.

Check it out here.

The Power Up Your Life Masterplan

In this 10-day email course I walk you through the tried and tested steps I took to bounce back from a period of personal tragedy to enjoy previously unimagined success and happiness.

For just the price of a coffee, I’ll share the simple yet powerful formula that helped me reconnect with my purpose, gain confidence, focus and renewed energy, giving me a much greater sense of contentment, freedom & direction as a result.

It could change your life like it did mine.

  • Rediscover Your Passions & Values: We’ll reconnect you with who you are at your very core, stoking your motivation and giving you a framework for better goal setting and decision making.
  • Revitalise Your Lifestyle: We’ll assess your current life situation, freeing up time to do more of what you love and, if necessary, replace any old negative habits, with positive ones.
  • Create an actionable plan for transformation: Finally, we’ll bring it all together into a tangible and actionable plan you can start following immediately, delivering you results within 90 Days or less.

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I hope you found something valuable in this The Power Up.

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See you next time, Adam



Adam Reed
Man Body Spirit

I think and write about issues relating to 21st century masculinity, conscious living, holistic health & sustainable lifestyles. https://linktr.ee/manbodyspirit