Re-creating Yourself: How Many Faces Have I?

I’m no longer two-faced! In today’s world, most of us will re-create ourselves multiple times.

Re-Creating Yourself

Barry the boomer!Re-creating yourself isn’t really a choice any more. It’s no longer if but when. It’s very rare any more that anyone stays in the same career for a lifetime. Companies come and go on a regular basis and there is no loyalty any more. By necessity, we have to make changes to meet the demands of the time.

I remember when my daughter was trying to decide on a path for her university education, I could see the panic in her eyes. I sat her down and asked if she was trying what to do for the rest of her life. She said yes. I said, stop, that’s what’s wrong. Try and identify something you would be able to enjoy for 5-10 years because the reality is that whatever you choose, it will likely change over time. She was then able to decide on a degree leading to teaching. She has now been teaching for a number of years. I’m hoping this will last for a lifetime as it has for some but at least she is prepared for the possibility.

How Many Faces Have I?

Photo of soccer team coachesI’m afraid I’m losing track! Here is what I remember so far:

  • Son
  • Husband
  • Father
  • Cub Scout Leader
  • Soccer Team Manager
  • Grocer
  • Retail Manager
  • Small Business Computer Network Solutions Provider
  • Financial Consultant
  • Policy Analyst
  • Online Marketer
  • and the list could go on…

When I was going to school, we believed we would have a job in the same industry for life. That what was modeled by family and friends. It was all a lie! The 80’s came and the Conrad Blacks of the world. Company attitudes changed. People became a commodity rather than an asset. Commodities get used up and thrown away, assets are nurtured and protected. I have to admit that lately, I hope I see attitudes changing to some degree as we look to companies like Google and Amazon. I hope that trend continues.

When the grocery industry imploded, I was forced to make a change and went to work for PETsMART as one of Canada’s first managers. Fun job but wasn’t enough. Went into computer sales and then into finance. Currently, I work full time as an analyst but also have “side hustles”. This blog site contains one of them.

Side Hustles

One of my kids used that phrase and I really liked it! They have a leg up on us “old folks”. They understand that if you want anything more than a roof over your head, you need to be willing to do a little more than the next person. For some, that’s a business like painting and renovations or they are definitely more open to direct sales than my generation. These kids are pretty darn smart!

GVO business bannerMy recommendation is to find something that “speaks” to you whether it’s in a health related industry or something like the legal services provider we work with and join with a group of like minded people. In my experience, you will not only make some money, you will get an education that no post secondary institution can provide you.

Go find your side hustle and find out how many faces you have!

Make it a great day,

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for GVO/Pure Leverage, LegalShield and the employers who lead me to where I am today. What are you thankful for today?

 

 

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