We live in a culture dominated by romantic sentiment. People believe that their lives will follow a stable, predictable trajectory and that, in the fullness of time, they will get what they want.
Rarely, however, does it work out that way. Jobs come and go. Relationships rise and fall. And some people can get sick before they even reach their potential.
Tragedy is, unfortunately, the order of the day. You can either ignore it or embrace it. But either way, you have to deal with it.
For this reason, remarkable people never settle for a single career. Or more to the point, they don’t allow themselves to settle full stop. They refuse to be typecast. When they go to dinner parties, and people ask them about who they are, they don’t talk about their job. They discuss their values.
They always keep the door open to other kinds of work. They know that tragedy could beset their industry at any point (such as the travel industry right now). And they’re willing to adjust quickly to new realities, taking work as and when it becomes available.
They also know that their character changes through time. The type of work that interested them in the past may not hold the same appeal in the present. And if that continues for a long time, it can seriously hamper their quality of life.
The enlightened person, therefore, is entirely comfortable with leaving an existing career and looking for something completely different. A hotel manager, for instance, might switch to, say, logistics work. Or a pilot might consider becoming a graphic designer.
Life Is Never Simple
Yes – the statement “life is never simple” is obvious. But we can sometimes forget this simple maxim in our culture. We think that careers last for life, even when we know rationally that they don’t.
Enlightened people fully accept that life is never simple. They never settle for a single career. And if they start one, they don’t assume that it will continue indefinitely. Instead, they prepare themselves constantly for the prospect that they’ll have to pick up something new.
Change Is Good
Another theme you often find in remarkable people is that they view change as a good thing. They actually look forward to the idea that they can use their skills and talents differently. And they enjoy not being typecast.
Change, for them, is a good thing. It allows them to continue growing as people. They can explore new challenges and gain new perspectives. They can also check that they’re deploying their talents optimally. Sometimes they’re not.
The Challenge Itself Is A Reward
Finally, remarkable people love the challenge of flipping between careers. Slogging it out in a single line of work for ten years is a long time. Eventually, you become a master of your profession and opportunities for advancement dry up.
Challenge is often its own reward and a big motivation for trying out different roles in other sectors. The task of reeducation and retraining is fun in itself.