matt45710 saidUS Dept of Labor estimates that recent college grads will have 10 jobs by age 38 and seven careers by retirement. I'm on career #5 and love what I do. You're never too late to change, but you've got to look at what you really want to do, and also what you have to offer that's of value to others.
Could not have said it better.
I am on Career #4.
1 - Spent 12 years in the Army. Loved it: had a great, exciting, fulfilling, job. Left because I didn't wish to be closeted anymore, and wanted to get another degree.
2 - After getting degree I went to work for IBM for 5 years. Loved the job, working with a new startup team creating a new division from scratch and parts of other moribund divisions. Left because my main project had transitioned from start up modality to permanence, and because I had an idea about computer forensics and wanted to have a bit more independence.
3 - Started my own company. Slow start for a couple years , then BOOM!
4 - Was approached by some people in Europe about merging my small (but very fast growing) technology company with a small company based in the UK. After some serious negotiations decided to make the move. Borrowed every penny I could and managed to gain a majority interest in the new 'merged' company.
I have never been afraid of risk. If you crash and burn, you just have to start over.
Yes, you have to be willing to take some risk every step of the way. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
For me personally, I was young, single, no dependents, in good health, and knew I could find work somewhere else no matter what happened. The decisions were fairly easy.
Each time I changed direction I decided that I wanted something more, something different, something better. I was willing to give up my comfort zone to get it.
Yeah - there are a lot of pitfalls in change.
When I started my own company I ended up working 3 outside jobs just to make rent sometimes. I slept on the floor of my office for months, and took showers at the Y. I ate enough .99 cent hamburgers and Ramen noodles to last me a lifetime - and sometimes I didn't have that.
Its hard to sign a paycheck for your employees, then look at the bank account and realize that there is no money left to pay yourself, or even to go buy groceries that week because you have to pay the employees next week too. It is almost heartbreaking to see employees waste paper on useless - frivolous - printer jobs, when you know that you had bought the paper the week before instead of replacing your totally worn out shoes.
Would I do it again?
In a heartbeat
In my humble world view there are two kinds of people. The warriors and the chair borne; those who run toward an accident or fire, and those who run away; people who step up, and those who look for someone else to help them.