When it comes to a new career path… it’s never too late

When it comes to a new career path… it’s never too late

Popular opinion has it that if you haven’t written your great novel, painted your masterpiece or launched your successful start-up by your mid-40s, you’re never going to do it. An interesting story in The New York Times debunks this myth, citing several examples of people finding success later in life and research to support the findings. This is great news for just about anyone who’s thinking about their career path and their future. For high school students, it suggests that they might have several successful career paths in front of them. For people mid-career, there are several career paths ahead that could lead to more satisfaction, success and fulfillment. And for those in late career or retirement, being open to new ideas and directions can lead to new levels of satisfaction and unexpected success. Here are five suggestions that can help make your new career path happen, no matter what stage of life you are at: Be open to learning new things about yourself. We are all constantly changing and being changed by our environment. Through our experiences (good and bad), we can sharpen our strengths and recognize our weaknesses. When we stop listening, we stop growing. Reach outside yourself for input. Don’t be afraid to ask others for their thoughts, be open to tools and assessments that can help you identify your strengths and potential, and learn how to translate your innate talents into a new career path. Oftentimes, the biggest barrier to change is our fear of reaching out to others. Go with your strengths. For many of us, the only real feedback we’ve ever received has been through an employee/employer review process focusing on areas...