Lessons from six people who flipped the script big time

Updated: Apr 1

Ever noticed how people spring into existence for us the day they become famous?

All these people had lives and jobs that were chugging along, then they changed course and went for something else. Then we "meet" them.

For us, their fame-story is their only story.

Here are a few "you've got to be kidding me!" career pivots.

  • Brad Pitt was a limo driver taking strippers to and from bachelor parties. 

  • Stephen King was janitor at a high school. 

  • Ellen DeGeneres was a paralegal.

  • Pope Francis was a nighttime bouncer and daytime janitor at a Buenos Aires nightclub.

  • Whoopi Goldberg worked in a funeral home doing hair and makeup.

  • Harrison Ford was a carpenter before “Star Wars” and Han Solo. 

Rumor has it Harrison got the role while helping out George Lucas as a stand in for screen tests. 

Most of these transitions have three things in common...

1 You Start out doing something completely unrelated

And then made an agreement with themselves to change and leave their old life behind. Notice I said, agree not decide. The decision is made for you. Most of the time you know you're not in the right place. 

2 You add new skills 

(Brad Pitt went to acting school)

You can't move up, sideways, left-to- right with a step-pop-step Vegas style without getting some new know-how and skills. This is biggest mistake I see, by far. And no, the answer is rarely an MBA.

Bottom line: you can't go to the next place with old knowledge. 

The last thing...

3 You Commit to what they really wanted

And stopped waiting for "something" to happen. 

The path is not linear. It just looks that way until you look closer like we just did with these six folks.

Here's a closer look still...

DeGeneres’ career cratered when she came out her sit-com. She was radioactive for years.

You know what? She came back. Today she has her own daytime show (again) a bigger star then ever.

You will most certainly have to re-tool, yet now is the perfect time for that. 

And most certainly you’ll have to put some thought into who you are and what you want. Good time for that too. 

How you execute your next move is going to depend on you and your situation.

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