Possibilities - to start a new life.

Whatever you've done as a job, you can turn into a business. What you've learned, you can turn into a career.

What you love, and what you're good at, can be what you do for a living.

Don't get blinded by The Job, or The Career. They're not the whole story, and never were.

Even That Place, where you spend 8 hours having all that fun every day, isn't the ultimate achievement, is it?

That's the reality.

Careerism is a series of myths. It's not about people. That's sort of sad, because people, for some reason, are about people. So many people find themselves in careers that are utterly dehumanizing, and have to leave. They're not careers, they're life sentences.

Starting a new career isn't about just starting a new job, it's about starting a new life. Getting a chance to be yourself, not some sort of cliché.

Cutting loose

Starting a new career doesn't have to be melodrama. In fact, it's probably better if there's no mention of what you're doing. Nobody but you even needs to know what's happening.

You can play it very cool, and pick and choose how and when you do things. That way you don't talk yourself into anything, either.

For one thing, you don't have to jump out the window at work, unless absolutely necessary. The income can pay your way out of the Vault Of Horrors/Land of the Living Dead.

Yep, the disease can be part of the cure. It's relatively easy.

  1. It'll take time to check out your escape tunnel, which, you will remember, is supposed to lead out of trouble, not into more of it. Pay off whatever needs paying off, kill the credit card, not yourself, at work.
  2. You will have to do some costing, too. Whatever you're doing, you'll probably need to eat, at some point in the next 20 years or so. Just don't spend money, unless it's making more money.
  3. If you've got investments, they can help, either as cash cows or backup. It's nice to know there's some money behind you, when you move. As cash cows, they can pay your way through the transition, preferably with a bit, or a lot, left over.

A word of warning: If you've got no cash at all, you have to be cool about all this.

Doing anything right means not making mistakes.

Bite your tongue, sit on your hands, but make sure you're covered financially before you move.

However lousy the situation, being broke can be terminal.

Most people who land on their butts try to get on a bus that isn't there.

Now, about having your cake and eating it too:

You can have a job, and a separate career. The job funds the career. Then you can ditch the job, when you're making enough through the career.

Say you're in a 9 to 5, with an hour commute each way. You're home at six, fed by seven, and realizing what garbage is on TV by 7:15.

Organize your times.

The new career/business is mainly a time management exercise, at this point. Some people run their whole day jobs by phone or the net. It's efficient, it's fast, and you can make more money with a phone call than you can sweating over a cleaner's job.

Think about it. If you can make a week with an hour or two's work, you're ,400 a year better off. Not too painful, is it? Take some of the sting out of your income bracket?

Depending on your business, you can do a telecommute, buy and sell property, get a degree, and your phone or email does the real work. The day job just pays the bills. You really don't have to wipe yourself out doing either job. In fact, with a bit of planning you can spend some time making your daytime work a bit softer, too. If an easier set of hours comes along…?

What you do have to do is get the act together about your new targets.

If you're operating two jobs, let alone a new career, you need to be well structured, and able to deliver whatever your product or service says it will deliver.

You don't have to start out big. You may not even have to do an ordinary job, at all.

You can just be a small day trader, for example, and if you do your time in the courses and in the industry, that can be a multi million dollar career. That can get a bit frantic, but in a few years, you can be home free.

You can start out as a cleaner, and instead of making yourself sweat, you can make yourself millions. Other people are doing the sweating, but you're the one making the money, this time.

You can have a garage, a bit of talent, and start Microsoft.

It did happen.

Just getting back to the idea of starting a new career, this isn't about becoming the standard zombie, and calling it a career.

It's about being yourself, and succeeding.

It's the people that do the work and have the ideas. Not the corporation, not the degree, not the network.

Definitely not some set of clowns in endless meetings where all that seems to happen is they go nuts.

Ironically, the corporations might be big, but most of the people aren't, any more. If you look at what people call careers, they're just jobs, with a few titles and some money thrown in to sound better than Office Boy.

Most of the biggest new companies in the world started off very small.

It was their ideas that were big. Some, like Google, weren't anything like the rest of their industry. They didn't try to conform. That made them very hard to compete with, unpredictable, and they're now considered the top of the tree, in terms of careers.

In the same period, the finance sector has gone from godlike to very joke-like. The suit machine seems to be breaking down.

Success is what you say it is, not what some idiotic sitcom says it is.

Whatever you want to do, figure out how to do it. Let the Living Dead get on with whatever they do. Maybe they'll get lucky and find a grave somewhere.

Just don't mistake it for success.