midlife crisis. wanna change your job?

i liked this article.  i didn’t read the whole thing, because i’m a tired mess and need to get up at 530 in the morning, but i read the first half.  we’re always looking for the next thing.  i spent the last 10 years of my life building this castle in the sky, and now that i’m living it, i want to grow into something more, something different.  its not that i’m ungrateful, far from it.  Allah has given me so much that i can’t begin to put a drop in the ocean of thanks that he deserves for his bounty.  i think as humans we crave the next level.

lemme know what you think, taken from => Change Jobs , copyright FORTUNE

SO, YOU WANT TO CHANGE YOUR JOB GOT A CASE OF THE MIDLIFE BLAHS? DOES WORK FEEL LIKE A DILBERT CARTOON? WHY NOT START A NEW CAREER–IT’S LESS TRAUMATIC THAN YOU MIGHT THINK. HERE’S HOW TO DO IT RIGHT.

By RONALD HENKOFF REPORTER ASSOCIATE ANI HADJIAN
January 15, 1996

(FORTUNE Magazine) – RONALD SHEADE HAS, quite deliberately, turned his life upside down. Once a vice president and assistant general counsel at a Fortune 1,000 company, he’s now teaching eighth-grade science in a suburb of Chicago. He doesn’t make big bucks anymore, doesn’t travel to Europe on business, doesn’t negotiate wickedly complicated deals worth tens of millions of dollars, doesn’t even live in the custom-designed dream house that he and his wife built just four years ago. Sheade, 45, earns $45,000, a gaping 70% less as a pedagogue than he did as a corporate honcho. But he gets a real kick out of teaching, spends much more time with his two young daughters, and still lives in a comfortable, if not exactly fabulous, residence. A tall, athletic man with a level gaze and a mean jump shot, he says: “I’m probably happier and more relaxed now than I’ve been in years.”

As Sheade’s experience suggests, a whole new dynamic is taking shape in the American job market. Powered by a heady mix of fear and anger, burnout and boredom, hankering and hope, legions of ostensibly sane professionals, most on full throttle in middle life, are changing not just their jobs but their vocations. If you haven’t shifted to a new career yet, chances are you’ve thought about it. And if you’ve thought about it, you’ve probably wondered how to do it, because it isn’t easy.

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