There’s not another week that goes by when I see change from all aspects of my life, whether that is new developments taking place in Birmingham or finding new systems to achieve success. It is without saying that how you approach change can really make a big impact to your career and life.
Whilst in the never-ending struggle to find my first graduate job, I have been thinking outside the box over the past few months as my previous plans had to be altered because they were simply not working. This advice given from people within my networks was the perfect catalyst for the way I approached the job hunt now because I knew that to a completely different approach was needed.
At first, when you have to change an approach that works best for you in order to achieve something may seem meaningless, but we all have to go through the pain of being knocked back many times in order to get to our dream job. I have lost count of the amount of knockbacks I have had in my graduate job hunt, but I smiled, stayed positive and persistent because curling myself up into a ball was never an option for me!
That has also meant eliminating the distractions in my bedroom which I felt would have been a detriment to me achieving the success I wanted long-term. As I am someone who rarely spends time being inactive, I want to use the finite time I have on this planet to make it a better place for everyone. If that means having to make short-term sacrifices in order to secure my dream job, so be it.
With that said, I am trying to marry the systems and goals together to create something I can strive towards for my professional and personal life. It’s hard with Asperger’s Syndrome to sustain and create long-lasting change that can improve the world we live in, but you have to ensure that you never let your disability or failures define you. Failure is required to move forward and ensure those mistakes don’t happen again.
The biggest change I have approached in 2017 so far is I have taken my fitness very seriously as I long for my hopes to combine a full-time job with my dream to become a racing driver. My long-time goal has been to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in 15 years time.
As it will be very difficult, it has meant I have had to train four-to-five days a week every week whilst making various changes to my diet so I have more energy to do my the things I love. Think of it as doing 24 data visualisations in 24 hours on Tableau but on a 8.4 mile track in France at speeds of over 200mph. It’s a tall order but I have always embraced dreams that are extremely big in scale, but completely achievable.
When approaching change from new perspectives, its important you embrace it rather than wallow in self-pity and disdain for what the competition is already achieving. Focus on yourself and chase your dreams because there’s 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week and 365 days a year, its how you approach the time you have to ensure that your year goes from average to awesome.