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  • I was not one of those kids that knew exactly what they wanted to do when they were growing up.


  • In the last 15 years of my career, I've been an English teacher, attorney, video game creator and now, a toilet paper salesman, selling millions of rolls of toilet paper a year.

    在過去 15 年的職業生涯中我曾經當過英文老師律師和電玩設計師,而現在,是衛生紙銷售員,一年賣出上百萬卷衛生紙。

  • [The Way We Work]

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  • Life is about finding the intersection of what you really, really love with what you're really, really good at.


  • As simple as it sounds, it's really not that easy to find.


  • After a brief stint as an English teacher, I went to law school and ended up becoming an attorney at a big law firm here in New York City.


  • Like most Americans, for the next two, three years, I was holding on to my job for dear life, working really late hours at a job that I thought maybe I was good at but certainly not one that I really loved.


  • I then came upon the epiphany that it takes years if not tens of thousands of hours to get really good at something.


  • I really didn't have a lot of time to waste.


  • This talk isn't for those that are just looking to quit their job because they don't like their boss or they had a long day at work.


  • This is for those that are ready to make the completely scary leap into a brand-new career.


  • So as you think about making that career change, here are a few tips I hope you consider and a few things I've picked up along the way.


  • First, there's three things to think about before you're ready to move on.


  • Number one: professional life is about learning.


  • If you're not even interested in learning anymore, that's a huge red flag that there might not be a future for you in that industry.


  • Number two: career changes are often gut-driven.


  • If you constantly have sleepless nights where you're wide awake staring at the ceiling thinking, "Oh, man. I can't live with myself if I never try to make this change or if I don't even actually investigate it," then trust your gut.


  • It might be time for that career change.


  • On the flip side, one reason to not move on is short-term pain.


  • If you don't like your boss or people at the office are grating on you, that's actually not a really good reason to absolutely change your career,


  • because when you do change a career, you're generally gonna have to start from the bottom, and you'll probably feel a lot of short-term pain, whether it's through a lack of salary or lack of a title.


  • Pain at any job is inevitable.


  • So now you're convinced that it's time to change your career.


  • Then there's three things to do immediately.


  • First: network, network, network.


  • No one ever builds a career without a good mentor or a good support network.


  • What I mean by networking is getting all the great advice that you can possibly get.


  • Technology has made it so simple to reach out to new people to say, "Hey, I'm thinking about making a career change. Do you have just five minutes to chat with me?"


  • That passion and that hunger and that ability to be a sponge really attracts awesome mentors and people willing to give you their time to give you some good advice.


  • So go out there and meet new people.


  • The second thing you need to do immediately is shore up your finances.


  • The reality is, when you change your career, you'll either start with a job with a lower title or lower pay or maybe even no pay, especially if you're starting your own business.


  • So going out there and making sure that your finances are in order to make the transition less painful is really, really important.


  • For me personally, as I made the transition from being an attorney over to a video game creator, I wanted to have at least 6 to 12 months of personal runway in the bank.

    就我個人而言,是從律師轉職成電玩設計師,我需要至少 6 到 12 個月的銀行個人預備金。

  • 6 to 12 months might not be the right number for you, but be honest with yourself on what that number should be.

    你不一定需要 6 到 12 個月,但請誠實評估你所需要的金額。

  • Number three, if you're not ready to make the full jump right at this moment, then get your side hustle on.


  • Side hustles could be anything from volunteering with an organization that's in that new industry that you want to go into, could be starting your business part-time on the weekends.


  • It's a free way to get a taste to see if you really love something.


  • So you're ready to make the move or maybe you already made the move.


  • Here are three things you should think about doing, right now.


  • One: do not -- I repeat -- do not burn bridges.


  • You spent years building those bridges, why burn them now?


  • The world is such a small place, especially with all these online platforms, that, believe me, you will see these people again and probably in the most inopportune times.

    這世界很小,特別是網路平台盛行,相信我,你還會再見到這些人 可能還是在最狼狽的時候遇到。

  • Number two: take stock of what you've learned in your previous career or careers.


  • Most likely, a lot of those things are really applicable to your new job and your new career, whether it's interacting with people, playing on a team or dealing with jerks and assholes.

    這些經驗大多也可能適用於你的新工作或新跑道,無論是人際互動、團隊合作 或是應付鳥人鳥事。

  • All those things are really universally applicable.


  • You'll find jerks no matter what industry you're in; no one's immune to it, everyone's got to figure it out, and you probably know how to do it already.

    不管在哪個產業,你都會遇到爛人 無一倖免,大家都要想辦法解決。你可能也已經有了一套方法。

  • Lastly, when you start your new job, you're going to be nervous.


  • But don't worry, take a deep breath, because this is what I want to tell you: you're part of a new team now, and everyone around you is rooting for your success, because your success is their success.


  • So welcome to your new career.


I was not one of those kids that knew exactly what they wanted to do when they were growing up.


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