Going back to revisit an old idea, a former career, or a previous project isn’t the same as going backward or backsliding into old habits. Going back to make new improvements, correct old assumptions, or update outdated concepts makes the original version better and extends its life cycle.
Going Back Better Prepared
If you’ve been away from a career or project for any length of time there will have been changes in technology and processes that you’ll need to familiarize yourself with, but you will also have the benefit of all the knowledge and experience you’ve amassed in the time that has passed since you were last involved.
The new knowledge and insights you’ve collected may not be within the same industry or come from working on the same software or equipment as your original knowledge — but you simply need to apply your new experience to your old environment.
Going Back To Improve Things and To Prove Things
One reason you might return to a previous calling is to help improve the current status of the company, industry, or its customers. You may see things now in a way that spotlights areas you could make better for all parties involved (your perspective changes once you’re outside the walls for a little while).
Another reason you might want to go back to position you held in the past might be to prove something to naysayers. You might have had an opinion of an area of growth or business focus you always believed would make a difference, but was shot down by people higher up in the company. As time marched on, the technology you championed may be more acceptable now that it was originally, and the people who shot down your idea may not even be there any more (giving you a shot at getting new ideas heard and acted upon).
I’m Planning A Trip Back…
In the next few weeks I’ll be making an official announcement about going back to a previous career calling. I will be returning to an industry I originally loved working in, but I had to take a break from it because my philosophies clashed with those of the people in charge. I had exhausted myself by banging my head against a wall that refused to fall.
But now the walls are gone
I’m going back into the industry because the opportunity and situation have changed. The walls have been removed and I’ve been given virtual free reign to go out and do the work in a way that gets the best results for my clients and utilizes the tools in a way to highlight the best potential of the industry.
I’m really excited to share more news with you soon — stay tuned!