These days, the Internet is inundated with websites and articles telling people how to get on the “fast track” to a new career or how to fix their career in a few simple steps.
Upon reading these informational pieces, we can’t help but wonder why anyone would opt for professional shortcuts. It’s very common for people to look at their jobs or careers and say “I used to love my job, what happened?” or “I feel like I’m going nowhere.” Too many times these critical questions are overshadowed by a tempting quick fix, and end up unanswered.
So, what do we do about it?
The reality is that any quick fix is exactly that. The fastest available solution certainly can’t address all of the issues someone may have with their career. Making impactful professional changes requires significant time and effort. Shortcuts might seem like the easiest way to make a change, but they really end up complicating matters.
Here’s a different approach: try to treat your career as you would an actual business. Most businesses have growing pains, and don’t profit initially. It takes a long time and a lot of hard work to develop and create a product that can allow for expansion and achieving success. With this mindset, that quick fix isn’t quite as logical or attractive.
By thinking of your career like a business owner, the framework for change, expansion and new opportunities becomes greater than if you were to take the path of least resistance. Truly changing your career takes time and a strategy – it isn’t going to come to you.