Do you remember the last great book you couldn't put down? Or the last TV show you binged because at the end of every episode you needed to know what happened next?
It's a fun feeling when you get that curious and engaged with something. When you become so intrigued by the possibilities that you need to turn to the next page, or click to the next episode to find out more.
That same curiosity can serve you well as you search for the next direction in your career.
A lot of what keeps us stuck from moving forward is not knowing what's ahead. And it's in these moments when you need to take a chance on the new and unknown.
If you feel stuck, lost, overwhelmed, and not sure where to turn next, just start with where you're curious.
When I was at a point in my career when I felt stuck and knew I wanted to make a career change out of the entertainment industry, I started to look where I was curious- and that was teaching and coaching.
Of course I didn't know where to begin or where the story would end, so I started from the beginning. I researched what it took to become a teacher, I interviewed teachers and coaches about their careers, and I volunteered to teach and tutor kids. Every step I took was turning a new page, and led me to the next chapter.
So start by picking the "book" that intrigues you. It could be learning more about a particular company, or career field. Or knowing how to start a business. Or reaching out to friends or new contacts to find out more about their story, and hearing about what they do and how they got there.
From there, just keep turning to the next page. Follow where the story leads you. Ask your contacts for a referral, research the requirements for a particular career, seek out the next valuable resource that can provide more information.
You won't have all of the answers in one sitting, and it might be a slow build, but page by page you'll get closer to knowing the whole story.
If you know you're ready for change in your career, but you're not sure what the next step is, of course you're going to want to jump right to the end of the story. Just remember all you need to do is start at the first chapter.
Then turn the page.