It was shortly after New Year’s in 2015. My husband and I were walking through Prospect Park in Brooklyn headed to catch a matinee movie. While getting some oh so needed vitamin D on our 30-minute walk, I found myself feeling the itch to do something else in my career — something new, something way more exciting.
This was not the first time I knew what I was doing just wasn’t right for me, at least long-term. But how the heck was I going to figure out what to do next? My mind wandered to thinking about traveling. I felt drawn to the inspiration that comes from being in a place I’ve never been before; it opens me up to new possibilities, and lets me escape my everyday routine. It’s always been when I’m traveling that I contemplate or decide on next big steps in life.
I was at the point where no matter how much coffee I drank a day I was always tired… I needed something to wake me up.
I know it sounds silly, but it was then that the idea hit me. Why wasn’t there a company that actually combined these two things — travel and figuring out your next leap? Why not create experiences where people explore their career through all the benefits that travel provides?
The idea stuck with me over the next few months, so I did some research. In mid-2015, I surveyed friends. Then, armed with what I thought people wanted and needed, I started the side hustle I was passionate about.
After months of weighing the pros and cons of starting a business and making this very big jump, I decided it was time to leave my stable job and go for it. In late 2015, I officially started a company to help others figure out their next steps in their career through the power of travel.
How did I know it was right for me to take the leap? Five reasons:
I’ve left many a job to travel the globe not knowing what was next for me. I wish that some of those trips could have been more structured to help me figure out my next transition. And that I could have traveled with people who were going through the same soul-searching I was.
I believe everyone’s personal career adventure deserves a real-life adventure.
All of these reasons led me to know it was time for me to jump and Pivot.
Emily Lamia is the founder and CEO of Pivot Journeys, which offers structured travel getaways for people who are navigating the next steps in their career. Check out all the awesome places they’re going at http://pivotjourneys.com/.
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