Think You Don’t Have Career Choices? Think Again!

Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice: it is not to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. ~ William Jennings Bryan

A common thread among people who come to me for coaching is they think they no longer have any career choices. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the number of career choices available to you nowadays is only limited by your desire and your imagination.

I get it if you don’t think that’s true. That was a tough sell for me when I left my corporate job. I’d been there my whole life and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do next.

Not only that, it was 2002. We were still in the impact of September 11th and no one was hiring. I was terrified.

Luckily, I was surrounded by people who assured me that my career choices were almost unlimited.

Yes, I said almost. There ARE limitations. As much as I would love to be a rock star, I can’t carry a note from my desk to my office door in a bucket. So that’s pretty much out.

Setting those considerations aside, the only other limitation in my way was me. Limited thinking and limiting beliefs kept me from exploring appealing new career choices.

I had to let go of trying to fit back into rapidly diminishing “traditional” work to embrace something outside my comfort zone.  Connecting the dots wasn’t easy. Here’s what it took to even get started:

  • Time
  • Research
  • Introspection
  • Experimentation
  • Tons of Support and Feedback

That’s the perfect foundation for designing innovative career choices that marry what you love with your unique life experience and skills.

I love what what Marci Alboher says about career choices in her book “The Encore Career Handbook”:

“The key is to know what you want to make room for and try to set up your life to make sure that it happens.”

Yes, it’s going to take persistence and “intestinal fortitude”. So what?

You may have to start over. So what?

You may have to find a support system. So what?

If you’ve ever built or remodeled a space, you needed all those things, but in the end, your reward was a space you felt good in.

So don’t wait.  If you need or want to remodel your life, start now.

You can begin is by reading “The Encore Career Handbook”. It will help open you up to new ideas about how you’d like to work going forward. From there, it’s just a matter of giving yourself permission to start.


Want help identifying your future career choices? A Behavior Style Profile can provide a jumpstart to creating your Sexy Second Act Career and Life. Contact  Coach Sue at 949-212-4345 or email for more info. And if you find this information helpful, we’d appreciate it if you passed it along to friends or colleagues.