That really can be a tough question. I am from the generation that was taught to find one thing to do with your life. Pick a career, one that makes lots of money, and make that the rest of your life. Our parents had things like one working parent family, one career for life, and a pension plan.
We now live a life where we have both parents working, there is no such thing as job security, and I am sure many millennials do not even know what a pension is.
Why do you do what you do? You grew up and went to college to be an attorney, a doctor, an engineer, or a CPA. That is what you were taught from a young age to do because it would provide for your family. You also wanted to make your parents proud, and since this is what they wanted for you, this is what you did. Now you feel trapped.
I spent the last few years working at a bankruptcy law firm and was surprised to see how many doctors, lawyers, and even accountants had to hire us. One time I ran a survey of our clients and their professions who came in and hired us over the previous year. The majority had college degrees and professional jobs. I was shocked, to say the least. So, what that told me is that in today’s economy, being a doctor, lawyer or CPA does not guarantee financial security.
Then the question is, do you love what you do? If you do and you are struggling to make ends meet, then you get the hard knocks lesson. They did not teach you business in school. They also did not teach you about self-care and work/life balance. They taught you how to work your trade. Now you are good at that, and you might love what you do, but you spend all your time having no other life. You have sacrificed everything to have a nice car, the beautiful house, but even those are nothing more than tools to get you through your days and maybe a couple of hours of sleep. Your relationships are suffering, you have no social life, and forget vacations. Even if you get one you have your cell phone and laptop at your side at al times.
It is time for a change, but you are not sure how to go about it. There is too much momentum behind what you are currently doing.
After spending years working in the law field, I saw what the “Happy” lawyers, doctors, and CPAs were doing differently. They had been able to regain a life. It is possible to have a full and satisfying life outside of your practice, and still make the money to support the lifestyle you want.
If you hate what you are doing, then maybe it is time for a change. Do you feel ill every time you think about going into work? Are you tired of missing your kid’s special events? Does your spouse or partner remember who you are? When is the last time you went on a date? Maybe it is time for a drastic change.
What I want to see for everyone I work with is a peaceful balanced life. You do not have to stop what you are doing; you need to change how you are doing it. I touch on these subjects in my book, “The A+ Legal office.” This was written for lawyers but applies to any service-based industry. If you have not read the book, it is a fun and easy read. If you have already read it and are ready to make the change to being happy and successful, it is time to invest in yourself. Please schedule your free 30-minute strategy session to get the ball rolling. This is not a marketing approach. This is a practice and a lifestyle approach. You will not find this anywhere else. Though I was the Director of Marketing in a successful firm, some of that does come to play. I always say, “work smarter, not harder” and that is where much of today’s marketing comes into play. We also look at who you have working for you and how to better utilize their skills and abilities. My goal is to see hard-working professionals able to have dinner with their families almost every night, to attend their kid’s games, recitals, and award ceremonies.
If you are ready to make the change, contact me. If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired contact me. If you love what you do and want to live your life also, contact me. If you hate what you are doing and have always been doing it to please someone else, contact me. I look forward to speaking with you soon.