We are seeing a lot of career changes in the corporate world. Many people are thinking of shaking up their careers as restrictions are being lifted and economies are starting to improve. Experts are predicting a “Great Resignation” due to people wanting to trying something new and move on with their careers.

What’s your advice Merle, for people making a shift right now — whether it’s landing a new job or making a career change? What’s the best advice you’ve received when it comes to applying for a new job or starting your own business?

Merle’s advice:

I think the experts are right in predicting a “Great Resignation” due to people wanting to move on and try something new. Once you shake or are shaken loose from your old routine, you are unshackled, free, free in mind, body, and spirit. It’s a perfect time to unleash your imagination and creativity.

In the same way that our public school system teaches us to be good corporate citizens and covet each stair up the career ladder; sudden disruption of our life, forces us to get creative and resourceful. The mindset of survival can be very entrepreneurial. The big change these people are contemplating aren’t to be employed by different companies. Instead, they are making their own companies. People are cooking tortillas in their own kitchens and selling them; that is entrepreneurial. It is so full of the American spirit and reflected in the diversity of our population. I highly encourage these future American millionaires.

I do have four caveats to be mindful of when you are thinking outside of the box:

  1. Do something that betters others. I have that in the forefront of your mind as you plan your business. You might tithe yourself 4 hours a week to helping out at a soup kitchen, or donate every other sock you sell, or a percentage of each sale. Whatever you do; you do it yourself. Then as you are able to hire employees, you will be the example to them. Please know, in order to keep the money, you earn and not lose it, you first must feel in your bones your own deservability. Sharing your ‘gifts’ will make you feel that deservability.
  2. Please understand that although I’m sure you will pick a business that you enjoy and/or are good at, but not everything you have to do for your business will be enjoyable to you. Deal with it until you can afford to hire someone else to do it who enjoys bookkeeping, or whichever task you don’t enjoy.
  3. Talk to people in your line of business. Don’t think of them as competition; think of them as colleagues. Don’t go it alone, you can learn from them.
  4. Remember this is new stuff for you. You will make mistakes. Don’t consider them mistakes; they are directional signals pointing you in the direction of your ultimate success.

This grand upheaval will make changes you can’t even imagine. Why not be out front of the changes in your life. And for each individual who is moved to some grand career adventure, I encourage you, I applaud you, I wish you a fabulous new chapter in your life.