You are here because you are looking for a change. Tired of the long hours, non-existent work/life balance, and lack of control over your own life. You are sick of being dependent on people who don’t have any loyalty to you. You are in a career crisis.
But how can you change this? How can you go about solving your career crisis and gaining back control over your life?
Your journey to gain back your freedom starts with a few key steps. These resources can help you figure out what you want with your life and set you on a path to regain control.
1. Figure out what makes you happy
What makes you happy? Every person is going to have a different answer to this question. Things that add happiness to my life may do nothing for you and vice versa.
Happiness should be the driving force for a majority of the decisions we make in life.
Yet, what role does happiness play when we make decisions about our careers? Don’t put happiness on the back burner.
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2. Realize you aren’t perfect. Let go of the stress of trying to be.
One of the biggest challenges I have faced in my career is myself. I expect perfection out of myself even though I know it isn’t possible. I push myself to not make mistakes – leading only to more stress.
We aren’t perfect…none of us. Everyone you look up to…they aren’t perfect either.
Don’t make life harder by trying to be. Embrace your imperfections and let go of the stress of trying to not make mistakes.
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3. Health is your biggest investment; be sure to take care of it.
There are few things in life as important as your health. Without it, life becomes harder.You may not be able to enjoy freedom once you finally achieve it.
During my career crisis, I realized that I haven’t been taking care of my health. I wasn’t devoting time to exercising and turned to convenience more than nourishment. Health is too important to let anything else get in the way of maintaining it.
This is my big theme for 2018 – investing in my health to make sure I can enjoy my future FI life and to be there for my family.
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4. Understand the Financial Needs of Life
Everyone is at a different part of their financial journey. You may be starting out and trying to survive day to day expenses. Or you are more established and finally able to start putting some savings away.
It is important to know where you are in life so you know where your priorities should be. It is hard to put your money towards saving for FI when you can’t afford to consistently put food on the table.
Understanding where you are helps guide you to where you need to go.
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5. Discovering Financial Independence is Possible (and easier than it seems)
Financial independence is part of the journey of taking back our lives from our careers. For many, the idea of reaching a point where our investments can fund our lives indefinitely seems impossible.
But the math behind financial independence is simpler than you think. If you can save a high percentage of your income, financial independence may not be that far off in your future.
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6. Investing doesn’t need to be intimidating; anyone can do it.
The stock market is one of the greatest wealth builders of all time. The best part is that it is available to anyone. For many, investing in the stock market is intimidating. There are so many options to invest in, how does anyone know what to pick?
Index funds make investing easy and accessible for everyone. Whether you pick your own funds or use a robo-advisor, investing in the stock market is a great way to build your wealth.
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These 6 items can help you start working through your career crisis and figure out what you want in life. The key is figuring out what makes you happy and shape your life towards achieving it.
With steps like these, you will be solving your career crisis in no time.