Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with an incredible woman who joined our Create Work You Love fall program. Her name is Jackie, and she’s about to turn the big 6-0.
Lost her retirement.
After a successful career in marketing in the UK, Jackie was planning her retirement. In Britain, the minimum age for retirement was 65 for men and 60 for women. Recently, the government changed the minimum age to be 65 for both men and women arguing it’s more equitable (even though women still earn less than men and the pay gap hasn’t been resolved. sigh.)
As I spoke with Jackie, she shared how much she’d been counting on retiring at 60 in the next year. She’s very disappointed that she will now have to work another five years due to the whims of a political system that is out of her control.
Can disappointment be a gift?
Diving deeper into her circumstances, Jackie told me that she really wants to teach marketing online in a new way.
Or as she put it; “I don’t want to end my days in sweatpants watching Netflix. But seriously, I’d like to create some kind of legacy and share the contents of my head.”
But I’m too old.
Jackie also confessed that she feels too old and outdated to teach marketing online. She observed that there are so many young kids who call themselves “experts” without the years of experience she’s accumulated. These kids are wildly successful, but Jackie felt they were lacking in quality.
She could bring depth of knowledge and experience to a shallow and saturated market.
I told Jackie I could see a huge opportunity for her to work with clients (like me!) who want someone more seasoned.
Personally, I know I’d appreciate marketing advice from an accomplished, knowledgeable and wise expert like Jackie that was delivered in a digestible and affordable way using modern technology.
Suddenly, Jackie started to get excited at the prospect of working again.
I said “What if the change in the UK retirement policy was a gift in disguise? What if, by forcing you to work five more years, you end up finding a whole new career that keeps you energized and joyful for the next ten years!?”
This reframe lit Jackie up!
Sometimes, our setbacks SERVE us.
The extra hurdle you have to jump over can become the boost you need to reach the next level.
When disappointments occur, or things don’t play out as expected (which happens to 99.99% of us at some point), we have a choice. We can feel like victims. We can wallow (I’ve certainly gone there, trust me…it ain’t worth it). We can blame other people, or the political system.
Or, we can reframe our reality to feel better.
We can choose to find the gift or the opportunity in the face of challenges. We can look for the hidden gem inside the pile of stinky doo doo.
Today, my question for you is this; have you faced a difficulty that ended up being a blessing in disguise? How have your setbacks served you? Leave a comment below and let us know!
May you create work and a life you love,
P.S. Are you at a crossroads or a major transition point with you career?
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I can relate to the story I’m living it right now
This story encourages me to reset my thinking and focus on what is the next chapter in my life.
Every thing is for a reason your past not equals your future.Thanks to Venessa and the 30 day meditation challenge and her encouragement I’m able to refocus
Instead of dwelling .It is not easy I have to admit
I’m getting there .
Thanks for sharing Ronald! So proud of you for choosing to reframe and refocus in the next chapter. You can do this, step by step.
I graduated from University on 2017 (2 years ago) and had to do national service for a year after, after that on the start of 2019, I decided to look for a job and/or masters degree opportunities (some were available but I wasn’t convinced to try them, others were there but got rejected or not replied back), so I spent the entire year of 2019 stressed and exhausted, not know what to do next, until I started getting irritating neck pains that wont go away, anxiety, doubt…etc. etc., until it helped me realize I wasn’t taking good care of myself and I didn’t know how to, until I started looking for help (my hospital, yoga classes with my mom and with deep-breathing meditations with you (Love what you’re doing here by the way)) and it hit me, if I wasn’t able to know how to handle my anxiety and stress, how would I handle it if I do find the job and/or courses that I’ll later experience? Which is why its great that all this support is easily available and I’m grateful for you letting us have this journey with you, Keep it up!
Wow! So great Ammar! So glad you are taking better care of yourself now. So grateful you are finding support as well.