“A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.” Those are the words of American filmmaker and musician Gina Carey, and they sound good, right? Easy…at least, until you face a challenge so seemingly insurmountable that instead of winking, your first instinct is to run.
Fight that instinct. Although it can be scary to embrace chaos, especially when that chaos affects your financial stability or career trajectory, struggling to overcome huge hurdles such as losing a job, starting a business, or changing careers doesn’t equal failure, and big changes like that definitely aren’t the final say in how your career or life will pan out. As recruiters Dana Hundley and Jenna Richardson, cofounders of Career Cooperative, told InHerSight when the unemployment began mounting at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, “Some of the most interesting career paths aren’t linear, they are full of twists and turns that lead to great learning opportunities and multi-dimensional skills. Regardless of how topsy-turvy your career can seem, every experience is part of your unique story, and you learn and gain something from each one of them (even if it’s learning what you don’t want).”
Change can be used as a catalyst for reinvention. All you have to do, as Carey said, is learn how to look change in the eye and wink.