My Mid-Life Crisis Taught Me How To Pivot!

What can a mid-life crisis teach you about pivoting?

Lots, mine certainly did not kill me it built me to be more resilient, focused and go after what I want in life.

Whether you’re leaving: 

1. A secure job and an MBA with many years of learning and experience under your belt 

Or 

2. A teaching role for a career as a personal trainer.

Don’t be afraid to pivot later in life. After all, your 40's are a chance to redefine and rediscover yourself. You are young enough still to take chances and old enough to make them more wisely. You can still move in different directions. That may work for some, but for others, it can mean starting back at the bottom of each new industry. 

That is the risk you have to be sure you are willing to take. 

Do you want to find an industry you love or the freedom that comes with being your own boss? 

For me, my pivots now make sense as mad as they seemed at the time! 

When I look back, I see the story of my life and career. It’s not random it is exciting. It made me more interesting and relatable. Believe me, if I can do it so can you!

Here’s an idea of how I pulled it off. 

1. What does your gut tell you? 

One useful piece advice I can give you is to stick with your gut. Assess what you’re really good at to help direct your move, even if it doesn’t feel “strategic.” 

It’s not that you shouldn’t be rational about your pivot, but honing in on your strengths and what gets you fired up is the first step to figure out what to do next. 

2. Leverage your skills. 

If you’re looking to pivot into a new industry or business ownership make sure to highlight your “transferable skills.” There is a lot that can count as transferable. 

Yes, of course, you will need to develop other skill sets, but what do you have now in your success bank to withdraw? 

Finally, a word of comfort... 

Having a mid 40's career crisis is nothing new, but the rates at which people are doing something about it are increasing. Look for inspiration and expand your network with people who have pivoted and overcome challenges in the process.

Staying current and doing work that gives us purpose and fulfillment in align with our values is why so many of us take the risk. You are not too old, and it is never too late to redefine yourself. 

Don’t let fear hold you back. You’ll wind up someplace better, even if it takes you awhile to get there. 

Be patient. 

For more details on career or pivot coaching and consulting contact me at pauline@paulineharley.com. You can join my waitlist for a complimentary consultation here.