Don't be afraid of change...


Getting older provides an opportunity to try different things and meet new people. Looking back, I never could have imagined all of the twists and turns that made up my career. Whether a career or life change is your choice of not, it can be an opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in places you often could not have imagined previously. If you find yourself in a situation like this, take an inventory of the things you’ve done and learned, and look for opportunities to share them with others. Become a mentor – there are lots of people who could learn from your professionalism. Become a teacher – there are lots of students who could benefit from your knowledge. Become a volunteer – there are lots of groups that would cherish your participation. Or become a hobbyist – if you’re able to just kick back and relax you’ll probably find all kinds of things that interest you. If you’re presented with change, look at it as an opportunity to try different things, refresh your outlook and create new energy: it can be whatever you want it to be. Don’t be afraid to take yourself in new directions today.

James Iha (b. 1968): Co-Founder and Guitarist with Smashing Pumpkins