I was chatting in a Strip resort food court packed with silent (probably hung-over) people bright and early on a Sunday morning with an old boss turned mentor and friend. Conversation flowed from her agency and people we knew to my job at Kirvin Doak when she mentioned how shocked she was that I had accepted a job and moved to Las Vegas, in two weeks. She continued saying that predictable, reliable me had completely broken out of my mold and tried something completely new. She was proud.
After thinking about her comments, I’m thrilled that I broke the mold and moved, but moving was not always the original plan. I went to college less than two hours away from my family and the town that we lived in since I started kindergarten. The plan was to continue hanging around. That’s clearly not what happened, since I’ve been at Kirvin Doak for a year now. For recent grads and young adults that are thinking about moving, do it! For those not considering moving, think again! Here’s why:
1) Get out of your comfort zone. Living in the same town, with the same people and same views for the vast majority of my life was comfortable. I traveled, I thought about change but why when life was so comfortable? I had only visited Vegas once, when I was 18. I moved not knowing a single person in this city. My parents called me reckless and irresponsible while my friends told me I was brave. Moving got me out of my comfort zone. I met new people, made new friends, have done some really amazing things. It’s easy to stick with what’s comfortable but you’re missing out on wonderful chances that you don’t even know exist.
2) Creativity! New views, new people, new opportunities get those creative ideas flowing. Drawing on something different and random adventures sparks the best ideas that will come in handy for clients and your personal life. Don’t limit yourself and the things that you can think of.
3) Expand your network. Meeting professionals in a new city while maintaining any contacts you had in your old city drastically helps in ways you could never have imagined! Your network can never be too big and who knows where those people will take you or bring to you?
4) Find yourself. Yes, college is the time to find yourself and figure out who you are but that wasn’t the case for me. I was too busy with sorority life, internships, jobs, classes, family and friends to take time to discover who I was. I also didn’t have the money to do the things that I wanted to do. Take a professional photography class or painting class was out of the question at school (they didn’t fit in my college schedule). Getting away from everyone and everything that defined me gave me the freedom to be me.
5) No mortgage, no babies, no worries! No mortgage, no family, no huge responsibilities, so why not? When starting a career, it’s easy to pick up and move! It’s probably the only time that you can just move without (as much) stressing and worrying. The older you get, the more responsibilities you’ll have and the less likely you are to try new things. Really, now is the best time, maybe the only time. Take advantage of this freedom before you are really tied down.
Taking a chance and moving somewhere new is something you will never regret. After all, if things don’t work out, you can always go home. But if you have the courage to make a leap of faith, I highly doubt that you will fail. If anything, you’ll be surprised at the things you can accomplish.