Careers are fluid. Life is full of unexpected surprises and decisions, so despite your best intentions to plan, sometimes we change course. I’ve learned that being adaptable and open to change is how we continue learning and growing.
Just over one year ago in June 2016, I left corporate to expand my consulting business to full-time. What a year it has been! I’m very thankful to say that it’s been a successful year in all the best ways. I have no doubt that it was the right decision, and until last week, I had no desire to shift paths. Then, the unexpected happened. What was once going to be a new consulting project turned into a full-time offer. And not just any offer, but one leading all of European growth for a fast-growing startup with my closest mentor.
So, what do you do? Do you decline to avoid rocking the boat of your current (and very enjoyable) situation? Or, do you embrace change and all that comes along with it? As Mark Twain once said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
And that’s what I’ll do. That’s what I did last year making the leap to run my own business, and that’s what I’ll do now. It’s not “goodbye” to consulting, but rather “hello” to new opportunities. The next chapter of my career begins in Paris tomorrow. Where it will take me, I do not know, but I’m certain it will be an adventure!