In a conversation with Oprah discussing her recent biography, “Becoming”, Michelle Obama mentioned how she was not the most risk adversed. She talked about how she went through life checking boxes on things that look good and sounded good. But ultimately, she later realized that she was narrowing herself down to only being someone that she thought she should be instead of stopping to think about who she actually wanted to be.
Further into sharing, she paused to address the young ladies within the room, “You have the right to change your mind”. I don’t know about you, but this sentiment is definitely worth repeating. Even for those who are reading this right now and wondering if the risk is worth it. Well, you have the right to change our mind. To decide on something different. To start a new path – at ANY age. So I’ll repeat it one more time….
“You have the right to change your mind”.
Even if you’ve invested time and money into a career that you love, you can still start over. To reinvent yourself, to create something new, to discover the best part of yourself and pursue a career that ignites your passion and allows you to give of the best parts of yourself.
What I love about this is that there’s nothing about our previous paths or experiences that will ever go to waste. Everything we’ve been in a professional role or any other role is still valuable. Everything we’ve done just adds so much more gold to our new experiences, creative junctures and pursuits.
So instead of asking yourself why. Ask yourself why not? Playing it safe has never been riskier especially when you only get one “good go” at this thing called life.
“Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use – do the work you want to see done”. – Austin Kleon