I coached a friend yesterday who initially came to me because he couldn’t take another day of being a dentist and wanted to be a park ranger instead.
We took a few weeks to work through his Profile of Self, analyze career options that might fit, and do some informational interviews with folks in the fields he was interested in.
He came to me yesterday a new man.
He was bright, happy, and energized. He’d discovered through his process that he wanted to be a professor of dentistry. He didn’t enjoy fixing molars and extracting teeth but he does love to teach, mentor, coach, empathize and help people work through the struggles of being a dentist as they learn the craft.
The most interesting statement he made was this:
“This had crossed my mind for the past five years that maybe I’d do better teaching.”
"Why didn’t you ever pursue it then?!” I asked (already knowing the answer, because I’d had the same thought about publishing RESET for 7 years).
“The bitterness of dentistry,” he said.
He was so de-energized and dissatisfied with his experience as a dentist that he had shut down the whole industry. He couldn’t even see clearly the auxiliary options that existed in dentistry.
And yet, the answer was right in front of him all along.
Industries are more dynamic than we sometimes recognize, meaning that Accounting is about more than numbers, Law isn’t just standing in a courtroom, and Psychology doesn’t entail only ink blots, couches and therapists.
Every business needs a salesperson, a marketer, a finance person, someone focused on technology, and leader or manager, etc.
Don’t foreclose an option because of one bad experience.
Fight the instinct to generalize your experience across an entire industry.
Look to the branches of the tree for your next RESET before jumping to a whole new tree.
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