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It Seems To Me: Rediscovering ourselves

Posted: Friday, Nov 15th, 2013

In an article called “The Ultimate Guide to Reinventing Yourself,” James Altucher suggests that we are constantly changing, and that some of the changes are so dramatic we find ourselves having to start all over again – moving to a new home, changing jobs and even careers, or having personal relationships come to an end. Altucher argues that every dramatic change makes us have to “reinvent” ourselves.

I can appreciate what Altucher is saying. In our modern world, the average person can expect to have between 12 and 15 different jobs in their lifetimes, as well as finding themselves unemployed more than five times in between. More than 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, and that doesn’t take into account the number of “committed relationships” that don’t include a wedding ceremony. Every year, one out of every six people will change their residence, and the average American will move at least 12 times, and I realize that most of my students will spend their lives doing jobs that haven’t even been invented yet.

Change seems to be one of the few things that remains constant in our lives, and sometimes I feel like I’m becoming an expert on change – whether I want to be one or not.

Some of the changes I’ve faced in my life have been intentional. They took planning, hard work, and more than a little courage.

And if I sound a little egotistical when I say it took courage for me to make those changes, that’s okay. Quite frankly, it’s scary to walk away from a life you are familiar with and take a chance with a new beginning, and I’ve often had people ask me how I did it. It’s as though they are looking for some secret that will make it easier to do the same thing in their lives. Well, if there is a secret to it, I haven’t found it yet. Change is difficult, it’s scary, and it takes determination and courage to make it happen. There’s just no getting around it.

For the complete article see the 11-15-2013 issue.

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