My guest today is someone who's got the massive courage it takes to make big changes in life. John Prestigiacomo is a realtor working with Keller Williams, serving the north Atlanta metro area. John was born and grew up in New York City, and he graduated from Queens College with a degree in accounting. After twenty-five years of a successful career in a range of accounting-related roles, he made a big career shift last year to become a realtor as a way of doing things he's most passionate about. In today's episode, we talk about what inspires this transition and what John learned through this experience.
Switching Careers - Last year, John made a big pivot to the real estate industry after a 30-year career in finance. This big change was the result of lots of planning, self-reflection, introspection. We talk about what prompted this big shift and some of the strategies John followed to make his new career successful.
The Inner Critic – John shares with us the tactics he utilized to go past his inner critic, realize that it's okay to be vulnerable, and overcome the challenges of building a new career.
Accepting Vulnerability – John talks about how he came to the realization that he needs to accept his vulnerabilities and how it helped him successfully get into a completely new field.
The Four Takeaways – Among many other things John learned through the experience of switching careers, there are four key things that stand out and give us valuable life lessons. John talks about what these are and how we can implement them in our lives.
Finding Courage – We talk about the value of having the courage to admit when we may not be on the right path and how to find courage for our future ventures and pivots from the past life experiences we have.
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I hope that you love that conversation. John is so much fun to talk to. And I just admire the changes that he's made and the courage with which he's made those. So here are my three insights for thriving.
I loved how John said it accept your vulnerability. We won't know everything at the beginning. And that's okay. You can learn what you need to learn. And the right people will show up. What really occurred to me as key when John was talking there is that, you know, we have to allow ourselves to be vulnerable so that people can and will show up. Because if we show up as though we've got everything covered, and we don't need any help, well, guess what, we probably won't get the help. So accept your vulnerability.
It takes courage to make a big change. We have to have the courage to shift away from a prior choice. We have to have the courage to put ourselves out there. We have to have the courage to step forward in the uncertainty. I loved when we talked about our past experiences and how those things can give us courage in the present moment. I think that is so important. So here's a bonus tip. One of the things that I'll often ask my coaching clients to do is to journal about their significant past moments. And these can be anything from accomplishments to challenges to adversity, whatever it is, but to journal about those significant life moments. That's one, the second part of that is then to journal about how did they accomplish those things? Or how do they overcome the adversity or the challenge? And then the final piece is, what did they learn about themselves through going through those experiences? And this is one of the ways that we can begin to actively harvest the courage and the confidence from our past.
Be mindful of complacency. And I'm kind of noodling on here is I think that there is a difference between complacency and contentment by I think that it can be tricky to see the difference at times, like when we're in the middle of it. Now, those are just my random thoughts right now. But I think that complacency is when we are maybe a little bit on autopilot. And we are not necessarily tuned in to what's really around us, or where we are headed, and maybe even how we really feel about it. And I think that contentment means certain happiness with where we are, but more importantly, and awareness of where we are, and where we are headed, and how we feel about it. And those are just my top three takeaways. I'm sure you had takeaways of your own.