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2014: Cultivating A Career

Updated on December 18, 2013

Hey Everyone!

So about a year ago I wrote an article entitled 2013: Living A Healthier Life. This article was meant to help me continue to grow as the years pass and give me perspective on my life. 2013 wasn't the best year I've had, but it has been the catalyst of many reactions within myself. 203 was year meant to be begin living happier and healthier. I've achieved this to some degree, but one thing I haven't be able to do as well was cultivate my career.

As a writer, I've been constantly striving to get my name known and my writing appreciated. So this article is about Cultivating A Career for myself and maybe even helping others realize the important aspects of making a career that will become pertinent for the rest of your life.

Job Vs. Career

Jobs are temporary and used primarily for income. A job does is something you don't wish to grow in and will sooner or later leave due to a continued lack of interest. A job can be fulfilling for the time, but not for your entire life. Jobs have minimal impact on resumes.

Careers are connected by employment opportunities that boast higher pair and interest you more as you advance. Heavily related jobs will greatly impact your resume.

Understanding What A Career Is

As I've grown older, I've come to discover the true meaning of a career. Many describe is something a bit more fancy with better pay than the average job. However, I say, it involves tasks and jobs that specifically cater to your skillsets and interest levels. Careers are meant to be fulfilling and remind you of the things you excel at. Jobs, however, may not always cater to those skills and leave you feeling unchallenged and more than likely, bored.

I've been working as a cashier for eight years now and it feels empty. I've be able to sustain interest by challenging myself continuously by training others, learning about outside sales orders, management techniques, and other aspects. However, I know deep down that I don't belong. My dream job involves me writing. Writing fiction doesn't seem to be important to the job and thus it does not interest me.

My understanding about is a career is that I can make a bit more than what I make now and truly harness my talents and leverage those skills I've had all this time. My understanding of a career is that I won't feel unfulfilled and unchallenged.

Realizing I Want A Career

Coming to the conclusion that i want a career has come to me over the last couple of years. As I grow older, I find myself feel unfulfilled and unchallenged by my job. It doesn't challenge the creative mind that I have. It doesn't ask of me to create new and unusual things. So thus, I came to realize that I want a career.

You'll know the feeling when you go day in and day out feeling like something is missing from you life. You may feel that it's all too easy or there is some part of you that is stifle and unable to blossom. Sometimes that is the case. The realization comes after you've understood that the possibility of having a career has not yet passed. It happens when you realize you still have time to cultivate and mold a new part of your life. Realizing is only the first step in finding the career that can your life.

Karen Greer and I
Karen Greer and I

Knowing The Risks

There are always risks when you're wanting to start a career. They vary on levels of severity and change they can bring about. My career has been always will be a dangerous career choice. Writers don't get day-to-day jobs usually. They don't get steady paychecks and they aren't the highest paid people in the country. I've learned some of the risks. They can be any of the following.

Financial: With all new career options and chooses there are financial risks. This could be the purchasing of equipment, merchandise, printing, and even the cost of paying other people. You should make yourself aware of any risks before you take on a new task. Be ready to deal with them if problems are to arise.

Personal: When one changes or begins a new career. There can be opposition from others, issues with family or friends who may not support the move. As humans, we seek normality and consistency. It's very hard for others to see you or anyone they know seek a career that could be a life change. Try to get others to understand that your decision is sound and you've considered all the risk involved.

Geographical: Sometimes you have to move far away from where you live in order to pursue your career. There are always risks involved in moving somewhere new where you may not know anyone. Take a deep breath and understand that sometimes these changes are necessary.

Health: Sometimes starting a new career can be stressful. With all this new stress, one can physically become ill, eating badly, sleeping very little. You must remind yourself of your health and make strides to stay healthy during this stressful transition.

Following Through

So once realizing the risks and understanding why I want my career, I have to make sure I follow through. When life happens, it's hard to stay on track in between the chaos of life. Sometimes I find myself distracted by life and unable to do what I set out to do. It happens, we're human. Though it gets easier when you do other things. Think about:

Stop Saying "I'll Get To It Later": This statement will constantly prevent you from moving forward. Don't put off pressing matters. Try your best to make reachable goals and reach them in order to make great strides. Do what needs to be done at your earliest convenience. You don't want to be behind forever.

Stop Letter Others Talk You Out Of It: Don't let others keep convincing you it's not worth the risk or you're better off at your day job. If you are set in doing something, do it! Sometimes people aren't going to support you. If you believe in yourself, that's what matters.

Stop Getting Distracted: Don't let the minutiae in life keep you from reaching your goals. Keep a detailed schedule of tasks and stick to it. Don't relax unless you really have the luxury of doing so. Don't let the little things put you off track for success in your career. You'll regret it later.

Stop Getting Comfortable: When we've gotten used to certain things, we get comfortable. We refuse to shake the routines that essentially don't help us progress. Get out of the comfort zone you've created for yourself, and find a new zone that is essential for your personal growth and the growth of our career.

Stop Refusing To Make Commitments: Don't be afraid to commit to something. If you can't make the commitment, why are you in pursuit of something like a career. Follow through with everything you can and make commitments to yourself and to your career. That's the only way you'll take any of it seriously.

Cover of "The Warrior"
Cover of "The Warrior"

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In Conclusion

Hopefully I'll take my own advice in 2014. I really hope I do. I've been wanting to have this career for some time and I'm very optimistic about 2014. I hope anyone who has read this has found it helpful and inspiring. It's only a matter of time for many people to start their own careers, growing tired of the same ol' same ol'. Just remember to be true to yourself and realize what you want. Once you do that, go for it! What's there to lose? At least you can always tell others you put forth an effort, right?

Anyway, thanks for reading today! I hope you all have a wonderful New Year's. Make resolutions and keep them! I know I will. Thanks for your support this year,

A.E. Williams

© 2013 AE Williams


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    • CrazedNovelist profile imageAUTHOR

      AE Williams 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Aww!! No problem! Thanks so much for reading! :)

    • Abluesfornina profile image

      S Marie 

      4 years ago

      As a fellow writer I am feeling this article. I've been at it over 10 years and it is truly a challenge to seek a career in writing as you so excellently explained in this article. Thanks for this article. It let's me know I don't struggle alone :)

    • CrazedNovelist profile imageAUTHOR

      AE Williams 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I see... email me shub and I'll help you figure it out. :)

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      Shubhangi Joshi 

      5 years ago

      I need your help. I want to do something with my poetry now. I have a bank of over 300 poems now. I need guidance in how to go about this.


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