Your past isn’t a restriction

June 10, 2015 by Joshua
in Blog

I posted a couple weeks ago how what you studied in school doesn’t restrict you from working outside that field. I’ve talked to a lot of people who feel because they studied a field they have to stay in it.

I find it contrary to the point of education that increasing your knowledge in one area should lead someone to believe they are less qualified in another. Logically it makes no sense, but people live that way. Some even act as if the more excellence you have in one area the more it restricts you in another.

The same follows for your work experience and all your other experiences. Doing one thing doesn’t mean you can’t do something else. It may take time for you to develop the same competency in a new field, but you’ll get there faster. A lot of your experience in work, life, etc applies everywhere, like your ability to work in teams, manage your priorities, etc.

Nearly anyone is about six months away from being near the top of any field.

Your experience isn’t a restriction.

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2 responses on “Your past isn’t a restriction

  1. Sadly I think studies is the part where we build most of our long term connections in early life. I’m an engineer, thought several times about ramping up my own business, but don’t have any close friends who are interested in “business” in general. It makes it difficult to find the motivation and help to explore new professional areas I feel.

    • I agree it takes time, but no more time than it would have when you were younger. Yes, you have to make new connections and maybe free time from older connections, but that can be exciting. That’s why I put such value on learning social skills that are useful in business on my blog — http://joshuaspodek.com/js_blogseries/communication-skills-exercises — and in my coaching. When you have those skills, making connections becomes a task like any other. It takes time but it’s rewarding.

      I hope I don’t sound insensitive to the difficulty. It’s also difficult to start a business when you’re younger. I bet you’ve learned skills that give you advantages over a younger person.

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