New career at 40 ?
Is there life after 40? Or 50, or 60? Yes, yes and yes!
Of course there is, in fact, I reckon it’s over 40 that life starts getting better. We tend to worry less about pleasing others, about conforming or about so much of the trivia that seemed to dog earlier years. Like so many things in life, it’s never too late and it’s certainly not too late to start a new career at 40. If you still haven’t found that thing that makes you leap out of bed in the morning, then don’t stop until you do. There are thousands of ideas and resources to help you, so I implore you, stop ‘settling’ for life; get out there and find your purpose.
Oh, I know it all sounds a bit ‘happy clappy‘ this ‘purpose’ thing, but I so believe each one of us has something to offer this amazing world, to make it a better place, to make others happy or to pay something forward. By 40 and beyond, you will have a mountain of experience to draw upon, to share, to guide and to learn from. Discovering your purpose might be something that will take a good bit of ‘work’ to do or it might be something you’ve known all along. It might even be something you discover by accident when you take a different path, talk to someone new, go somewhere different, or catch a later train (did you ever watch Sliding Doors?).
When you discover your purpose, it is your responsibility (to yourself and to others that care for you) to follow it, no matter what your age.
Your current situation
It might be that you fell in to something when you left school, college or Uni and you have just remained in your comfort zone ever since – but that does not mean that that is where you should stay, in fact, if you are ‘comfortable’ you will never be growing (and for my money, if I’m not growing, I’m not happy). It might be that you have been raising and running a family, getting temporary work or never had to work, but whatever your current situation, if you are thinking about a new career at 40, 50 and beyond, you must not settle for anything that does not inspire you.
A new career sounds pretty daunting at any age, let alone past 40, but it is rapidly becoming a normal progression in this ever changing world for someone to have several jobs throughout their working life or even at the same time – multiple income streams is definitely a more secure option! As traditional jobs fall by the wayside, people that don’t keep up will be out of work quicker than you can say “Dole Queue” (would have been fun to be in this one though!). It’s crazy, but there are hundreds of jobs around today that didn’t even exist 20, 10 or even 5 years ago, and the latest studies are suggesting that 2/3 of kids in primary schools today will be doing jobs we can’t even conceive of at the moment – crikey!
Here’s a few jobs that never or barely existed 10 years ago….
- App developer
- Content creators
- Social media managers
- Sustainability managers
- Data scientist
- Cloud computing specialist
- Driverless car engineer
- Uber driver
- Millenial Generation expert!
- Drone operator
The pain of staying the same
So, if you are looking at a new career at 40 or adding an additional source of income, you could do worse than to explore what’s coming up next (and you will notice, much of it is digitally based!). Now I hadn’t planned to look for a new career; since leaving the RAF I thought I had found my purpose in Personal Training. However, as much as I love training and am hugely satisfied helping others to improve their lives through health and fitness, I’ve recently recognised that my purpose is so much bigger than that. A year ago, having dug myself into a hole of self doubt, self criticism and unworthiness and suffering years of pain after back to back injuries (lower back & achilles) I realised, the physical and mental pain of that situation was going to crush me. I knew I had to get me a spade and dig myself out.
“Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change”
Remembering that pain gives me the drive to help others rise out of similar holes. I’ve spoken to so many women who are ‘settling’, who are in pain, who are unfulfilled, who are unsatisfied or just ‘meh‘. Women who are run ragged juggling, jobs, kids, husbands, admin, cleaning and cooking. Women who are just ‘waiting’ for a good time to start their own business, take a training course or hire a cleaner (I wrote a bit about the perfect moment in my last blog HERE). These women aren’t necessarily unhappy and often have a loving family, but just feel that something is missing or that they are capable of so much MORE. So at the grand old age of 48, here I am pushing out of my comfort zone getting to grips with the Digital Age and discovering my bigger purpose.
I love my business GO Health and Fitness, I’m proud of it and I love my clients, but I now know I can help my people not only to lose weight, move better and get healthier, but to take it a few steps (or a giant leap) further to develop themselves personally and professionally too. I’ve been following some very focussed training and really delving deeper into myself. If health and fitness is your goal, I’m certainly your girl and what I have learned from my community has driven me to serve my clients from an online platform which enables me to work with clients all over the world! If you too are also feeling lost, overwhelmed, left behind or a bit ‘meh’, perhaps you could have a look at the same workshops that prompted me into this digital way of working. My purpose with Laptop Mums is to give women an opportunity to develop themselves further than they ever thought possible; to never stop learning, growing, laughing and living!
My absolute purpose is to be a force for good, a force for change, and a force to be reckoned with! 🙂
Stop making excuses – it’s YOUR life, get curious and don’t get left behind!
Yours in health, growth and happiness,
PS. Here’s that link again to the Workshops that changing my life 🙂
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