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Downshifting - Assess your own skills


In our career - what ever we do - PA or manager, skilled in machine maintenance, an IT expert etc - then we are probably in an environment where we are doing what we are best at.  The problem is that we may not be enjoying it anymore - or certainly not as much as we did 5-10 years ago.

The idea of downshifting is, to most of us, the chance to have a better quality of life.  In an ideal world we will downshift from a job that we know we can do but are no longer satisfied with - to a situation where we are doing what we really enjoy doing best. 

The temptation is to downshift to do something that is completely different, something new and as far removed from our ‘previous’ working life as possible.  We will open a tea room; become a potter and open a gallery; buy a franchise etc……  Many people try starting a business that has something to do with their favourite hobby. By doing this they almost completely ignore what it was that they had been so good at in the past.

So if you are looking for a new beginning, but are not sure what to do - the best combination is to come up with an idea that combines not only what you enjoy doing but also what you know you are good at.

For this reason one of the first parts of the Stepping Off course is to help you objectively assess your own skills.

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