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The Difference Between Can & Want

"Well, the jobs that I'm looking for are the jobs that I can transfer my skills over to."

"This job seems like the next logical step for me based on what I have done."

"I don't think I can make that big of a pivot. This is all that I can do."


What the hell does CAN have anything to do with WANT?! Seriously, yeah, can you do this? Sure. Probably. But do you want to do that? There's a true difference between can and want.


Case in point - after 15+ years in HR and Recruiting, can I continue working in the same role and climb the executive ladder? Sure can. I can recruit and lead with my eyes closed, easy peasy. But I don't want to! I want to be my own boss. I want to make a bigger difference and leave a grander legacy behind. I want to do what I love - career coaching. I want to pick and chose who I want to work with. I want the freedom to create the life I desire. I made the scary decision to do what I want to do (career coaching) vs. what I can do (Recruiting Director). And let me tell ya, it was the best decision I ever made!


It's not that easy, Mollie!!


But it is though! You're holding yourself back for lots of different reasons. Maybe you're afraid to start over again. Maybe you don't want to explain to your family, friends, and your spouse why you're making this transition. Maybe you don't even know what you truly want to do. Maybe you're worried that you won't be able to make the same or more money if you try something completely new. Maybe you don't believe in yourself and you're stopping yourself. Maybe an old boss told you that you would never be able to achieve anything you wanted in your career. Maybe you're just straight-up scared shitless. I don't know...but all it takes is one decision to go after what you want vs. what you can do.


Don't let your fear, doubt, or worry stop you from doing what you want and love to do. Make the decision and figure it out after that.


💜 Mollie



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