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The Bright Side of Career Transitions

by Emmanuel Lopez – Motivatorman

An unexpected career transition can be a shock. It can be a blow to your self-esteem and self-worth. Thankfully, there are benefits to being disconnected from your career path. All you have to do is focus on the bright side of your situation, the silver lining.

My first presentation of 2008 was at a human resources consulting firm here in Toronto. The room was filled with their clients who were in some form of career transition. They included executives and management level individuals who had suddenly lost their jobs or were looking for a position that is more fulfilling.

I shared with the group that they were all in a great place. By being disconnected from their careers, they were now able to consider a realm of new possibilities. The silver lining includes the gift of time:

  • Time to pause (rest and clear your mind);
  • Time to rediscover one's passion and personal interests;
  • Time to acknowledge achievements (resume);
  • Time to reassess goals;
  • Time to explore hidden or new options;
  • Time to learn new skill and sets;
  • Time to build an optimistic mindset.

There are many movies featuring cinematic role models that persevere through unexpected career changes. Here are some examples to motivate you. Click on each tip number to read more on each movie.

Nine movies to inspire you:

As Good As It Gets #41, #45
Baby Boom #45, #61
Cinderella Man #3, #41, #47, #54
Erin Brockovich #25, #47
The Incredibles #117
Jerry Maguire #96, #97
The Pursuit of Happyness #22, #23, #40, #47, #84
School of Rock #59, #67
Stranger Than Fiction #21, #52, #63, #93

So remember that every cloud has a silver lining. Remember to look at the bright side of your career transition. It is a gift of time. Use it to reassess where you are and where you truly want to go. In this way you will rebuild your self-esteem and self-worth. The value of your strengths and skills will then radiate out into the world!

Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Specialist For Individuals & Organizations © Emmanuel Lopez 2008