3 Questions to Determine Whether You’re on the Right Career Path
Back in August, Cara Delevingne sent shockwaves around the internet by announcing that she would be leaving the modeling industry. “Modeling just made me feel a bit hollow after a while,” she told the British daily newspaper The Times. “It didn’t make me grow at all as a human being. And I kind of forgot how young I was… I felt so old.” She was stressed out 24/7, didn’t like how she looked (which is just crazy for us to imagine), and even developed a psoriasis outbreak from all the pressure. So, even though she’s already become one of the most successful models in the world at just 23 years old, she knew she needed to switch paths.
Like Delevingne, it’s normal to ask yourself, “Am I on the right track?” But how do you come up with an answer? These questions will help you get to the bottom of this often-daunting topic:
1. Am I learning and growing? No matter what job or industry you’re in, you should always be learning. Whether it’s developing a brand new skill or strengthening an old one, learning is a sign that there’s still more to gain in your role. Once you lose your desire to grow, that’s a sign that you might need to make a change.
2. Do I have good ideas? When you’re passionate about something, you think about it, you want to make it better, you want to practically breathe it. And when you think about something, naturally you come up with some ideas along the way. Now, we know your creative juices won’t be flowing all day every day, but you should still feel like you have some ideas to contribute in general. Whether it’s once a week or once a month, it means you still care and that you’re interested in improving your job or your company in the future.
3. Do I feel accomplished at the end of the day? Again, we know you’re not going to hit the pillow every night with a huge smile on your face, but you should at least feel this way pretty often. You want the sense that you did something useful, that you did something you know is going to impact or help someone else. If you go to sleep thinking about that, then it likely means you’re going to wake up excited for what you’re going to accomplish next.
This article was originally published on Levo League by Erica Murphy.
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
Want to feel motivated to take the next step for your business? Let Office Depot OfficeMax give you the confidence you need with a suite of business services & solutions to help you put your best foot forward. Make a good first impression with business cards & build the business pitch of your dreams with custom presentations. With Office Depot OfficeMax you'll find the tools to reach new customers with confidence.
Head to Office Depot's Selfmade page to check out even more amazing business resources (and discounts!) to help you accomplish more on your entrepreneurial journey. These offers are available for a limited time only, so be sure to take advantage of all this goodness while supplies last. Want to join the next Selfmade cohort this summer? Check out all of the scholarship details right here.