WHY YOU HAVE TO REINVENT YOURSELF (or the death of “job stability myth” and what you should do instead)

Let me tell you a story. Imagine someone around the age of eighteen – maybe younger, maybe older. This person finds good job. Perhaps it doesn’t make millions, but it is a decent paycheck that puts food on the table and affords them a two-week vacation here and there. This person continues working at this job as they turn thirty, forty, fifty – all the while getting steady raises and steady promotions based on their performance. So long as they work hard, are loyal, and are trustworthy, the job is theirs. At a decent senior age, this person finally retires with a nice cushion of money, buys a boat, and fishes to their heart’s content, sipping canned beer and telling stories of the good ol’ days…

Well things have changes my friend. If you want to be successful nowadays – you don’t have a choice but to reinvent yourself!
If you want to be successful nowadays – you have to reinvent yourself! The new normal is for Millennials to constantly change jobs, so you should break out of the mold and reinvent your career path.
Job Stability Myth

Does this story sound a bit familiar? This is the Stability Myth; the lifestyle that your parents, your grandparents, and even your great grandparents enjoyed and considered to be the perfect dream. The moral of the story is: work hard, work steady, and you’ll be set for life. You have to be “smart!” Don’t be a rock star; that’s too uncertain and there’s no guarantee of success. Get a stable job and enjoy a stable lifestyle! I don’t know about you, but this idea was certainly ingrained into my thinking. This is wisdom; this is the absolute truth; this is good common sense! Right? This is the 80s Ideal.4

And here’s the hard part, folks.

Brace yourself. The 80s are dead. And so are the 70s, 60s, so on. The Stability Myth is over and so is the concept of job security.

In modern age you cannot have the same job for 40 years - that's one of the worst career mistakes, you have to constantly reinvent yourself. Why? Theories on this vary from source to source. Some say that economic ruin made jobs scarce, leading to layoffs, leading to benefit cuts, leading to cuts in salaries. Some say that the hyper-connectivity of the Internet made businesses move online; technology made it easier and easier to do more with less, so who needs a bunch of employees? Trade policies or business realities made companies go abroad, so there’s no one left at home to hire that factory worker, that accountant, that sales expert… Who knows what the real reason is, but all it takes is a round of job hunting or talking to a few friends to know job security is a thing of the past.

Wow, that sounded doom and gloom, didn’t it?

But hold the phone, missy! It’s a gift  you can REINVENT YOURSELF!

Yes, you heard me right. All those constant changes are actually a gift and opportunity to start afresh. To pause. Reconsider.

Redefine your success and eventually reinvent yourself over and over again. Knowing that the job stability is a myth means you need to stretch your muscles more than ever before. This forces both you and many others to push outside their comfort zone and try things they never would have before. You can break out of the mold that restricted all those generations before us. Now that becoming an accountant offers as much security as becoming a movie star, what’s keeping you from taking a chance on something you actually love over something you think is “smart” (emphasis on the finger quotes)? This offers the us - modern women- an unique opportunity to try out something different and exciting.

The New Age Job Market

A new study by networking site LinkedIn found that young people really do change jobs a lot more than their parents did.

The new normal is for Millennials to jump jobs four times in their first decade out of college. That's nearly double the bouncing around the generation before them did. Today's college grads don't just change jobs, they often switch into entirely different industries.

And it’s hardly a surprise in a world where new jobs and industries are being created on a daily basis, like: online community manager, Pinterest virtual assistant, Trello product management coach and others. Here are some handy ideas for how to get your dream job, in this new-age market even if you have zero experience. Furthermore, compensation is no longer the top priority of job seekers. The Millennial generation is now looking for value and purpose, opportunities for personal development and career growth. Of course, that doesn’t mean that salary is completely insignificant in job hunting, but only that there are other factors that might seal the deal.

Millennials are well aware of their personal worth and do expect to be paid accordingly, but they don’t mind putting other perks of a job, before compensation. So in this constantly changing and fast evolving world, if you want to stay relevant – you have to reinvent yourself.

A good place to start - take the REINVENT YOURSELF Quiz and get some tailor made recommendations based on your personality traits in under 15 minutes:
Diversify Your Experience

During the golden age of the Renaissance, being creative and trying a bit of everything was the mindset that led to brilliant inventions and discoveries.

How did we lose that with the Stability Tale?! Just look at Leonardo da Vinci. You might know him as an inventor, a painter, or even an expert on medical science; the guy didn’t stick to any one thing. Within a week, he could have been painting the Mona Lisa, building the first prototype for an airplane, or cutting apart a cadaver to discover how the human body worked.

Now, maybe you shouldn’t cut up dead bodies, unless, you know, you have a license or something. But Leonardo didn’t let the idea of “following one passion” and “finding stability with benefits” keep him from branching out and trying a little bit of everything that he liked! I would kill to have lived during the Renaissance; so many passions, so many interesting endeavors to discover, endless opportunities out there to pursue...

Essentially this is an ongoing opportunity to reinvent yourself and start over, how awesome is that? Throughout my own renaissance journey, I collected several academic degrees, switched fields, received excellence awards, and was nominated to the “40 under 40” list. The renaissance approach brought so many new opportunities to my life and so many gifts and interests… Why would you even consider giving it all away in one nine-to-five job for the rest of your life? I know it might be frightening at times, but you are taking it on with focus, courage, and creativity. This doesn’t mean you can’t be afraid, or unsure, or about 2.05 seconds from ditching the entire idea; it means you keep on trying.

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You Don’t Have to Decide

Here’s another yet for the 80s mindset: “You need to grow up and decide what you want to do!” … Have you heard that one before? You might think that devoting time towards many passions takes focus from the really important ones. “Jack of all trades, master of none”? “Why waste time being a gypsy running from one passion to another when you could focus on being something really great?”

My life mission is all about embracing my inner contradictions and reinventing myself time and time again. I read this book in a day, feeling as if Barbara Sher was speaking directly at ME! 
If you are the type of person who can find interest in almost any subject; if you have lots of hobbies; if you feel you don't have enough lifetimes to do and experience all you want; THEN, get this book. Read it, and see yourself in the pages.

Barbara Sher has done a wonderful job of identifying and categorizing several different types of what she calls "scanners in her book Refuse to Choose." Here’s the deal: Passion is ultimately another way of saying “what I can contribute to this world.” There’s only one you out there, so I’m sure you have plenty of talents combined in a unique way that only you can offer.

If you want to be successful nowadays – you have to reinvent yourself! The new normal is for Millennials to constantly change jobs, so you should break out of the mold and reinvent your career path.
Create Your Own Path Toward Career Passion

While it’s important to show commitment, sometimes your goals and perspectives change, especially when you’re just getting your feet wet in the workforce. For each new job change I made, I recast any experience from my previous role into relevant, transferable skills in a new industry. This takes effort, but it may not be as hard as you think. Write a resume for the person you want to be *NOW*, using your existing skills and successes. Remember there's no one true passion and one job you were meant to do.  So when you see any passion worth pursuing, think of this:

  • What does the passion do for you?
  • Do you like it?
  • Are you good at it?
  • What does it contribute to the world?
  • Who can you help?
  • What’s the value you added?
  • You can give back to the community and back to humanity in the most nontraditional ways.

    Let me reference a movie called “Dead Poets Society” (it’s a neat film, you should check it out!). “We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. Medicine, law, business, engineering – these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love – these are what we stay alive for.

    Now this quote isn’t saying that engineering or law or business aren’t awesome passions you should pursue! If you love them, then go for it! What it is saying is that all passions, even the “unstable” ones, contribute.

    To drive the point home even further, let me show you the rest of the quote: “You are here – that life exists. The powerful play [of life] goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”

    Transferable Skills
    Life essentially is a journey and each experience will contribute to the next. Da Vinche’s skills in painting has helped him enormously with his scientific work. My experience in advanced calculus has helped me in… well, stay tuned for that one; I’m sure it will become handy one day.

    And then there’s Alexander Graham Bell, the creator of the telephone. When I say his name, you naturally assume “oh, he’s an inventor!” – and that’s both the beginning and the end of his title, right? Well, he was an inventor from a very early age, but he also had a huge interest in music and art. When he was a kid, he learned how to play the piano without any lessons, had a brief stint as a pianist, and continued to play his entire life. Now, imagine being Alexander’s mom; I don’t know about you, but I would have been all “holy cow, kid, you need make this your career!”
    Check out the transferable Skills checklist to underline your own unique value proposition to the new-age job market:
    In addition to this, Alexander had an exceptional voice, which he used for ventriloquism and impressions, and he also taught himself sign language. Talented kid, right?

    So he could have been a full-time pianist, or an impressionist, or a translator in sign language, or an inventor. Later in life, Alexander’s keen ear for sounds with his piano and his understanding of vibrations with his voice helped him develop and execute the idea of the telephone. He was a brilliant inventor, but his other passions all came together like pieces of a puzzle to help one another, leading him to not only being happy, but being outrageously successful!

    The thing is that we all have unique talents and experiences that make us the inventors of our lives, and we are the sole responsible for creating our vision and career path
    So what's next?
    The willingness to try multiple things lets you explore your potential and enrich your life. Maybe you’ll find the one thing you want to do forever and just keep getting better and better.
    Or maybe you’ll jump from one career to another – never bored, never lacking in excitement, and never having a dull moment.

    Both are a gift to you as you get to reinvent yourself in the new-age job market!
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    TAKE THE REINVENTION PLEDGE
    I hereby solemnly declare to start OWNING my success, never to freeze in fear, sit in utter despair, or give up on my dreams… I will REINVENT myself!

    Plus: I will welcome awesome free goodies in my mailbox :)
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    Comments

    • It is 100% true you have to constantly reinvent yourself if you want to be relevant. Great post hope it helps people.

      • Rita2G

        Thanks for stopping by Michael!

    • This is definitely something to think about. I grew up in the 80s and it is definitely ingrained in me to stay at my job long term. I love my job. But, I am also very tempted into the laptop lifestyle to work from home or while travelling across the country. Sounds a bit scary to reinvent myself, but you are correct it is also a gift. Thanks for sharing.

    • This is a great article! I just sent to my little sister. I agree with you about the new age movement. Thanks for sharing!

      • Rita2G

        Glad you liked it Sarah. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Careers are no longer the same. Adults now-a-days will have multiple jobs over their lifetimes. The times are a-changing!

      • Rita2G

        Definitely Heather, life is constantly changing with technology and new invitations… and we must adapt and find the beauty in the opportunity to reinvent ourselves!

    • I agree that re-inventing ourselves does give us a chance to diversify our experiences and I have to say that Millenials do value a ‘sense of purpose’ and feeling authentic as opposed to just making money. I don’t earn a lot of money but I changed my job to do what I love because it made me feel happier and more complete.

      • Rita2G

        Thanks for sharing Ana, yes creating real impact and loving our newly-created jobs are the boss 🙂

    • I love the sentiment that you are allowed to reinvent yourself. I think it’s important for individuals to have a few passion projects in young adulthood so that one can see where they truly fit and what they really love to do.

      • Rita2G

        Right? This is one of the reasons that led me to this revelation Angelle. The notion that I don’t want to chose and narrow down my life… I have multiple passions and I want to work on them all and find my own balance!

    • Totally agree you should take control of your own path! Who says you have to be in the same job forever is crazy! There is so much to life than a job.

    • It is such a different place now, we can make so much and don’t have to be in the same career types that our parents and grandparents were. I know when I quit my fabulous administrative assistant job, that paid rather well, and came home full time my mom was freaking out on my adult butt! Ha! But look at me now, and I keep reinventing myself to keep up with what makes me happy and what makes the money.

    • Geraline Batarra

      This is such a nice post and I definitely enjoy reading it. Keep reinventing yourself will make you a better person it sounds a bit scary but I am sure it worth it in the end.

    • I am always trying to reinvent myself. After all, the people who succeed throughout life are able to change with the times.

    • With the world becoming more competitive, I believe its all about creating your own niche. Your identity, thus your own career path. That’s what is going to get you ahead.

    • Lifewithzg

      Great read especially for people who’s dealing with a career crisis. I just want to add that Passion is the fuel to keep us going so never lose your passion.

    • I think things are so different now because the whole job stability is a real myth because people in this generation tend to switch around and new jobs now exist x

    • I am in the process of reinventing myself. Call it a rebirth. It’s not a career move or anything, it’s overcoming the things that have set me back in the past. I am learning my lesson as a wife, mom…and as a woman.

    • Elizabeth O

      This was a great read, I found it really interesting indeed. I think reinventing yourself to keep with the times is the way things are nowadays, I think most people adapt their jobs and life to fit the times.

    • Elizabeth O

      This was a really informative article with things are nowadays, I think most people adapt their jobs and life to fit the times. It’s a good idea!

    • Reinvention is such a beautiful gift. I also find that having several passion projects in young adulthood is an excellent way to feel out different things and see what we truly love and enjoy doing.

    • This is the most terrifying and yet extremely accurate life of today. Breaking traditions and learning new things every day. It’s amazing what work looks like now compared to the 80s.

    • It’s such a shame that things have changed so much in he job market. People have to fight to keep their jobs in some cases it really can be worrying. The fact you have to move around so much isn’t always good.

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