Does your career need a reboot? Here’s the place for inspiration. Hamilton Business reporter Natalie Paddon talks to 10 brave people who completely reinvented their work lives. She finds out:
Why they did it.
Where they succeeded.
Where they failed.
Here are some of the lessons learned.
“I went from the frying pan to the fire so to speak. So having known that you’re put in the situation where nobody else is going to do it for you, you have to do it yourself.” — Mark Korcznski, Blacksmith
“The lessons I’ve learned are first of all, if you want something, no one is going to hand it to you.” – Andrew McCarthy, home inspector
“If you have it in your heart and you have it in your mind, then you’ve probably already made that first step, and that’s the hardest one to take.”
– Mike Morreale, financial advisor
“I don’t think I’ve had a lot of fears because I’ve always really gone after dreams. – Rosalyn Niewland, realtor
“The thing that I like best about it is building things that you love. Build something you like and other people will like it too.” – Michael Pazaratz, software developer
“When you’re able to work with a group of individuals who share your vision, I think it makes it a great place to come to work on a daily basis.”
– Saeed Darvish-Kazem, software developer
“I wasn’t happy doing what I was doing. I enjoy people, I enjoy food, I enjoy beer and wine, so it was following a hobby and a passion.”
– John Romano, brewer
“I like the freedom of it and being able to do what I want when I want. And the fact that if I don’t succeed, it’s my fault.” – Lisa Skog, potter
“For me, the important thing were the kids. I’ve been able to spend time with the kids. If you can make the financial adjustments, I say go for it.”
– Jenn Stooke, dog groomer
“My passion’s always been baking.” – Debby Stroud, baker