Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

you can check here Posted by on Sep 30, 2011 in Writing | “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them”

free guck dating sites ~ Henry David Thoreau

this content If there’s one thing that the last eight months have taught me it’s that you have to adapt or die. Often the adaptation is just a little one — more of a shift from your left foot to your right. But sometimes the adaptation requires reinvention. That’s where I stand right now. And judging from a lot of conversations I’ve been having over the past few weeks, there are a fair amount of people standing there with me.

It’s not easy, nor is it comfortable. It’s not just a matter of stepping out of your comfort zone, but burning the bridge back to your comfort zone while you bungee jump from it. Yes, the level of difficulty is right up there with some of Vin Diesel’s stunts in XXX. It’s why most people just suffer through a major setback and settle for a smaller life.

I’m not really good at settling. Ask anybody who has asked me to compromise on the quality of a project. It’s just not my forte. I tend to live in opposition to Thoreau’s famous quote in part because quiet desperation just sucks. But mostly because I hate wasting a perfectly good song.

There’s a saying that magic only happens outside your comfort zone. You don’t meet a fascinating partner, land an awesome job, or do something spectacular when you’re snuggled up inside your comfort zone. You have to step outside of it. You have to strike up a conversation, reach for something, or try something completely new. As the saying goes, if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.

Just last week, the Economic Cycle Research Institute notified their clients that the U.S. economy is tipping into a new recession. And they’re pretty conservative about labeling recessions. Their report summary concludes with, “if you think this is a bad economy, you haven’t seen anything yet.”

Guess what? That’s actually good news for anybody facing a reinvention. Recessions are the best times to reinvent yourself simply because there’s very little money and few job opportunities to keep you in your old career. Recessions make us miserable, unhappy, and frustrated — the cornerstones of reinvention. Nobody reinvents themselves without first getting unhappy or frustrated. It’s human nature to seek comfort and build a nest or den.

So get out of your comfort zone, find something that inspires you and lets your inner demigod shine through, and then see if there’s a way that you can make a career out of it. And here’s a little hint, when it comes to making a career out of your passions, think tangentially. If you love to tell stories, don’t just look at becoming a writer, look at teaching, coaching, doing stand-up, writing customer success stories, or even bar tending.

Whatever you do, don’t play it safe. Yes, keep your day job, but don’t compromise on your dream because you’re too old, too young, too set in your ways, or have too much invested in your reputation. This is not a time for the opinions of others.

This is the time to listen to that small voice deep inside your heart. The one that is calling you to a grand adventure.