Fired? Laid off? Changing careers? Moving cities? Just graduated?
This could be the best thing that’s ever happened to you.
Whether you’ve been fired, laid off, or are just shopping around for a new job — the next few months could change your life. Get excited.
No matter what stage of your career you’re at, investing more in your job search can make a bigger impact in your life than you possibly imagined.
Sure, you can just find a new job and stick with the status quo. However, you have a rare opportunity to change your career trajectory. A slight change in your trajectory can put you on the path to getting everything you want from your career.
Whenever I think about job changes, a simple concept comes to mind.
A little bit of slope makes up for a lot of Y-intercept.
This is a quote from Stanford Professor John Ousterhout, who talks about why the angle of your “slope” matters much more than where you are right now. Essentially he means that if you are on a good path, growing, and learning quickly - you will quickly surpass people who seem like they are miles ahead of you right now but are not growing as fast.
The right job will get you on the right trajectory.
It will lead to learning new skills, meeting great people, and opening up unlimited options.If you capitalize on this opportunity to change your trajectory you may never have to search for a job again — you’ll be turning down job offers every week.
You are not just finding your next job. You are finding your next job after that. You might be starting your future company. Meeting your future business partners. Setting up a meeting with your future CEO.
This is a chance to put yourself in the right environment for success. Do not take it lightly. Are you excited yet?
Grab a piece of blank paper (or open up a new note on your laptop) and answer this question. Don’t think too much, just write.