A big mistake I often see is people accepting career advice from the wrong people. There is no shortage of people out there who will tell you their opinion about what you should or shouldn’t do with your career. Too often these are people who – when you look deeper – are unhappy with their professional lives or are speaking to you from their own fears. Beware of these folks! They are projecting their own issues onto you. They have likely given up their dreams somewhere along the way, and so they will provide you advice skewed from this perspective. They will drive you toward the least-risky routes, which are usually away from your dreams.
If you are exploring the possibility to take a career turn – like entering a new industry or starting your own company – you want to be mindful (and picky really) about where you receive your career advice. Your best sources for career advice will be people who you admire, those who have already been through what you are about to experience. Only other big dreamers, who have gone through the inside-out transformation of an unconventional path, can really understand what you need to get where you want to go. The reality is that your road ahead will have many ups and downs and twists and turns. And so you need proper advisors who will see this as exciting, and see that the challenges ahead are not threats to you but rather opportunities to step into your greatest potential.