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This morning I woke up to grunts coming from Henry’s room. It was an early, 5:15 am wakeup, so I groggily switched on the monitor to get a look at whether he needed me or if I could ignore him for a few more minutes. The image came up and there he was: standing, gazing out over the top rim, and trying to figure out how to pull himself out.

I was up.

Truth be told, I’m not much of a baby person. But once he started interacting and exploring the world and moved into the tiny human stage, I’ve been all about it. These last couple of weeks I’ve been loving watching Henry develop.

These last couple of weeks have also seen more bumps, bruises, and tears as he tries to climb everything in his sight and has fallen off in the process.

As I was reading through feedback from the podcast this week, I realized this (obvious) connection: babies, toddlers, and kids do things every day that are scary and that they don’t know how to do. But they do them anyway and they enjoy doing them.

So what’s our grown-up problem?

On the podcast this week we interviewed Belma McCaffrey of Work Bigger. In the show, we talked all about finding a career that you truly, deeply enjoy. And how difficult it can be for some of us (most of us) to move past that fear of trying something new and venturing into the unknown.

It feels big, scary, and overwhelming.

Maybe there’s something to the way tiny humans approach big, overwhelming things. I see Henry breaking things down. He didn’t just pop to the top of the couch one day. He tested out different strategies. He tried pulling himself up with his arms. Then tried using his tiptoes. He tried a different angle. He tried wedging his arm between the cushions. He eventually made it up and moved to the next peak he wanted to summit (while I follow as closely as I can with an outstretched arm trying to cushion all falls).

Is there a way that we can use our arm, our tiptoes, grab the cushions, and see what works? And know that if we do fall, we can get back up with just a little bump rather than a bunch of broken bones?

Yes, there is. If you’re worried about making a big, scary move — whether that be a new career, a move, or starting a business — this article walks you through one way to de-risk it, and how Jordan and I are using it. It makes big, scary changes feel smaller, easier, and maybe even a little fun.

Because life is too short to have a career that you hate.


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smart-ish reads from around the internet

What if it pays less? So often that’s one of the first objections in a career change. This Fast Company article interviews people who took the cut — some who are happy and some who aren’t — for their advice and experience.

Is it too late to change? The Financial Times spent a year following and interviewing five mid-career changers. And their experience is fascinating. In this podcast, they interview a musician turned software developer. And in this, they interview a Google exec turned entrepreneur.

Not just a princess. And career changes come to Disney princesses and they’re completely on point.

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