Ten Fears Keeping You From Achieving The Career Of Your Dreams

Fear of failure

You take the steps towards the career of your dreams, and you fail at it — your start-up goes under, you can’t get hired in the new field, or you do get hired but you’re not good at your new gig or you don’t like it as much as you thought you would. If you try, you might fail, so you’re stuck at the point of not trying.

Fear of loss

If you do go after the career of your dreams and it doesn’t work out, now you’ve lost your other job. You’ve lost all this time and effort making an enormous change with nothing to show for it. You probably have lost money too — hard-earned dollars spent on classes, conferences, networking events. You might even still owe money — for school, for your start-up loan. You’ve also lost the credibility you built up in your earlier career. How much are you willing to lose?

Fear of embarrassment

A big career change won’t go unnoticed. Even if you’re just in the beginning stages, your friends and family might worry for you. They might think you’re having a crisis (mid-life, quarter-life) or going through a phase. You might look foolish, as you make your trials and errors at achieving the career of your dreams.

Fear of disappointment

It’s not just what people will think, but some people depend on you, and you can’t let them down. What if your career change means a pay cut and then you can’t support your household? In addition to disappointing others, you might also disappoint yourself. Who wants to be that person who can’t get it together?

Fear of the unknown

Maybe these fears already mentioned you don’t quite match what you’re feeling, and that’s the problem — you don’t know what it is but some unknown thing scares you. Or you want to achieve the career of your dreams but you don’t know where to start, and that unknown first step scares you.

Fear of struggle

Maybe you do know where to start but you know you’re going to need some new skills, additional expertise, a significant stretch of time where you’ll be juggling the current job you hate with the changes you’re trying to make. This is going to be a lot of work for an uncertain outcome, and doesn’t it make sense just to stay where you are and skip the struggle?

Fear of change

You don’t fear hard work, but you do like your routines. You like knowing what your typical day, week, and month look like. When you make a career change, you change your activities, your schedule, your work environment, your colleagues, your boss, your compensation, your lifestyle, your credibility — that’s a lot of change.

Fear of starting over

When you make a career change, you change your career credibility. You’re a beginner in what you’re doing now. Your start-up is new and doesn’t have a reputation. You haven’t been in this industry or line of work for long so you are not the expert. Your colleagues see you as the newbie. Do you really want to start over and rebuild your credibility all over again?

Fear of not being enough

Can you start over and ever build up as much success as you had before? Are you too old to learn something new or too young to be taken seriously? Are you missing a degree or over-educated and wasting the ones you have? Are you too unskilled to get hired or too over-qualified to be given a shot? Much is required in making a career change, so there is a lot of fear around falling short.

Fear of regret

Will you achieve the career of your dreams and find out it wasn’t what you thought it would be? What if you regret the hard work, the money spent, the emotional upheaval, the imposition on the people you care about? What if the dream isn’t worth it?

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