You wouldn’t believe how often we leave a field where we have a strong position, thinking, “I can always go back.”Or, “They’ll always make a place for me.”
Or, “I have unique skills and talents! Of course I can go back.”
So we leap off the dock and land in the ocean…way over our heads.
And then we look for a life raft. What happened to that job?
Well, the career field has changed. Or the boss who promised us, “You’ll always have a home here” has retired.
Or we’ve changed. We no longer fit in.
Bottom Line: It’s easier to hang on, even if the job is miserable, than to try to climb back aboard. Once you’ve been swimming around the ocean, your fingers get stiff. And then it’s much tougher to hold on.