Feel professionally stuck? We probably are. The markers for that include fewer professional opportunities coming our way, along with the lack of initiative to attempt to create new ones. Our mindset is negative. We see our little piece of the universe as the glass half empty. And we complain about that. The number of people in our social circles is getting less and less. The resulting isolation pushes us further in the state of stuckness.
The shock for most of us is that this can happen more than once as we embrace that we have to change for the changing marketplace. In 2003 I overhauled my professional self and my communications business ( Download Geezerguts). I assumed that was it. Then about three years ago I noticed I was again in the dark hole of being stuck. It was an ordeal to figure my way out but that I did.
So, when the market for my skills dried up along the Northeast Corridor I was in good shape. That is, I knew what I had to try. For several months I explored where to relocate my firm. That was a roller coaster of hope and disappointment.
Weekends were invested in that. By time Monday came, I felt like it was Friday. The smart thing I did was test out the demand for my skills in the areas I was considering. The Southwest turned out to be the most promising.
On April 14th, I move into my new apartment in Tucson, Arizona. A nice side benefit of this choice is that the cost of living is less than the Northeast. Is it soul-wrenching to leave what I know? Of course. But that pain is less horrendous than being stuck.