Are you ready to take a professional risk?
The motivations to make a professional transition are endless — whether it’s the impulsive pursuit of a dream, outgrowing your business, a burning desire for a change in scenery, or the result of natural professional progression.
People generally advance beyond boundaries and grow beyond the skills that once defined them.
Reinventing Yourself in Business
In corporate America you may find yourself “working your way up the corporate ladder,” but in the entrepreneurial world it’s called reinventing yourself and launching your newest venture.
Serial entrepreneurs have to re-appropriate their skills and relevant experience to suit the needs of a new company and oftentimes wear multiple hats in the process.
For example, the things I loved most about being the Owner and COO of Sugarleaf Vineyards — developing the brand, marketing the company, devising growth strategies, driving sales, creating partnerships and speaking publicly about marketing and my entrepreneurial journey — were enough to motivate me to make the transition into my newest venture, as a branding and marketing consultant.
I realized that my new business undertaking would allow me to replicate similar success stories for other companies. I wanted to help brands create their marketing strategy with a youthful and entrepreneurial perspective.
Making the decision to choose and pursue a different path is easy.
Getting beyond that point and actually making the transition is, without a doubt, the hardest part.
How to Make a Successful Professional Transition
There are a few things you should keep in mind if you want to succeed in making a professional transition:
1. Build a comprehensive support system.
Surround yourself with a support system of peer mentors who understand you, your business and where you are in life. Develop and maintain relationships with successful high-level proven business people that you respect, admire, and aspire to be like professionally to help you navigate and execute your plan.
Bring a trusted personal advisor on board to be a sounding board. Hire a business coach or life coach if necessary.