Sometimes, there are unintended consequences, even when we think we're very clear.
Last October, I was excited to launch the No One Way™ project with this post.
From October to this past January, I posted 36 "sketches" that different people created, depicting their own unique, non-linear career paths.
You can see all of the sketches here.
Then, this past January, I talked to a woman. She said that she looked at every sketch as they were posted...but that they were starting to make her feel bad.
You see, this woman has a linear career path - and the project was starting to make her feel like there was something wrong with that.
As soon as she said it, I was like, "duh."
I'd launched a project called "No One Way" that was only telling the story of ONE WAY.
Different strokes for different folks...
~ Some people figure out what they want to do when they're really young, just like some people meet their lifelong sweethearts in high school.
~ Some people learn from each experience and it eventually leads them to something. It then feels like their whole life was preparing them for that one thing.
~ Others are completely happy to do something for one chapter of their life, and then something for another chapter, and so on. There's no desire for something that might be lifelong. Each chapter is challenging, interesting, and satisfying in its own right.
~ Some people have a primary career, as well as one or more "side hustles," that may or may not someday become a new primary career.
~ Some people will always prefer multiple part-time gigs.
~ Some people want to find something within their work...whether it's challenge, meaning, purpose, stability, structure, or something else....
~ For others, work is something that allows them to do something else that's important to them...to be an artist, to be a parent, to be a world traveler....
No one way is better than another.
I'm relaunching the No One Way™ project to show a full range of career paths.
I want to focus on the stories of people who are (mostly) pleased with their work...whether that's because of the work itself or because of the life their work allows them to create. (It is possible to have real career and life satisfaction.)
I have two questions for you...
1) I want to develop a project that's illuminating and helpful. Do you have any ideas for how I can make this project even more interesting to you? Comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to hear your ideas.
2) I'd love for you to participate. If you're (mostly) pleased with where you are today, would you share your journey to inspire others? Email me at email@example.com and I'll send you the details.
Thanks in advance for your feedback and your participation. I appreciate your help in making this a truly impactful project.
Keep an eye out on Instagram for the relaunch of No One Way™...new and improved!
(Not on IG? No worries...I'll also feature some of the sketches here on the blog.)
Sheila Devi is a Career Transition Coach. She works people who know they want a career change, but aren't sure what they want to do. Sheila helps her clients to find interesting work that also allows them to create the kind of life they really want.
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