Why It’s Okay to Change Your Mind

I know multiple people who have decided in their forties that their career path just isn’t doing it for them. From my optometrist to my dad’s girlfriend, it just goes to show that it’s okay to change your mind. It’s okay that, even in your forties and fifties, you don’t know what you’re doing anymore. But this article is not inclined for personal stories; rather, it’s inclined towards people that have achieved fame through their life and career changes.

It can all change in the blink of an eye. (photo by richardstep.com)

It can all change in the blink of an eye. (photo by richardstep.com via flickr)

It’s actually quite inspiring to understand that even if my college major isn’t something that I will always love, I’m not trapped in the confines of that degree. I can do anything! And that’s what our free enterprise allows us to do!

Now, although I’ve seen the results of changing your mind (what others would consider “late” in the game) on a personal level, it is the bigger scale that I am trying to portray to you in this article.

From Cassey Ho of Blogilates, whom I have spoken of in this past article, changing her life from a major in the Biology field, to a full-time fitness trainer and honestly, inspirational leader – to people that you would not think of, like Colonel Sanders, the creator of the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises.

#1. Laura Ingalls Wilder

I remember reading Little House on the Prairie books when I was a youngin’. In fact, it was one of the first novels I had ever read, most likely at the tender age of six. Little did I know that the first novel by Laura Ingalls Wilder was popped out when she was sixty-five years old. Yeah, that’s commitment to writing… if you consider how many novels she actually put out.

#2. Ronald Reagan

Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn’t the first to make the transition from actor to politician. One of our nation’s presidents, Ronald Reagan, did the same! In fact, he did not get elected for public office until he was the tender age of fifty-five.

#3. Colonel Sanders

Sanders’ business was failing, but instead of being distraught by the fact – he instead perfected his fried chicken recipe, and then marketed it around the nation, using the very thing that was driving away his business (Interstate 75) as a means to gain customers. He was sixty-five when he became the Colonel Sanders we know and love today.

So, even if all of a sudden, you’re elderly and you want to do something new – don’t let anyone stop you! Things will find a way to bloom. The same message goes for the younger readers here too – because if you’re stressed about spending money on college and being unsure – it doesn’t have to end with you feeling trapped and claustrophobic.

I’ve been feeling the heat of wondering what I’m going to do once I finish my general education. It’s good to remind yourself that it’s not that serious. That your life can change at a drop of a hat and you will be okay.

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