I think it is interesting how we spend a good portion of our early life (0 years to mid-20’s) in the process of becoming.
From 0-18 society is interested in making sure that we become productive members of society. From 18-24, we have the tailwinds of youth behind us, and mistakes seem to have both lower stakes and an air of youthful indiscretions surrounding them.
From the 25 year on, the world’s expectation of growth is pretty much non-existent. The only applauded areas of growth are relational. Parent’s and potential grandparents love to ask when they’ll get to hear the sound of little feet running around the house.
As the 30’s approach and responsibilities mount it becomes clear that personal growth is pushed to the back burner as responsibilities mount. This can be a problem for people who sacrificed in their 30’s for stability. Health professional’s I think, fall into this category. You spend your youth learning and preparing for your career and trading large portions of your time for this.
“Do you feel good in your role? If yes, that’s the perfect time for you to experiment with something new, to get out of your comfort zone. This willingness to learn is probably the most important thing for leaders of today and tomorrow.”
So where does this leave young professionals who spent a good portion of their youth chasing a stable career?
How does fit in self-experimentation, entrepreneurship, after a decade spent chasing stability?
Is huge reinvention possible?
Can you make huge jumps before the responsibilities of family and social expectations tie you down?
How do you find the courage to make those types of shifts?