“I Want A New Career, But I've Got A Lot To Lose... What If I Mess Up?”

Karen is a successful lawyer, with a great salary, respected reputation and impressive connections… but she's not happy. She wants to leave the law and explore a portfolio career, but she's worried about giving up everything she's worked so hard to build. Can you offer her some advice?

What's your career history and current job?

I'm a qualified lawyer and a partner at a law firm, working under high pressure conditions on a regular basis in a commercially driven environment.

How do you feel about your work?

I took the law route on the advice of my family, not because I really wanted to be a lawyer, and the cracks are starting to show.

I'm good at it, but it's not my passion.

What would you like to be doing instead?

I want a more fulfilling career that allows artistic expression but also enables me to help others.

I like solving other people's problems and making them feel good about themselves. I enjoy health and well-being and would like to train as a personal fitness trainer and therapist. I also have interests in culture, antiques, art, fashion, and interior design and would like to try my hand at working in these arenas.

In 12 months' time I'd like to have a portfolio career combining some or all of these elements, while also having a good income stream.

What's the biggest obstacle in your way?

Fear of failure.

Things play on my mind like loss of income stream, loss of title, status, connections, future prospects. These things shouldn't really matter, but deep down they do!

The biggest challenge for me is overcoming my own thoughts and not being so attached to my current status or where I will end up if everything goes wrong.

Can you help Karen?

  • Have you been in a similar situation, or are you in the same boat right now?
  • How could Karen deal with her concerns about losing her income and status?
  • Can you relate to her fear of failing?

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