Have you ever felt stuck in your career, but lacked the courage and confidence to make a big change? In this episode of the She Calls Her Shots podcast, Shannel Resto shares her inspiring journey of overcoming fear and making a career change from being a professional dancer to an internationally-based photographer. With her drive and passion, Shannel has been featured in magazines such as Dance Magazine, The New York Times, Time Out New York City, and Forbes. She has gone on to travel the world, and her creative pursuits have now led her to publishing her own coloring book!
About Shannel Resto
Founder and photographer of SJR Photography, Shannel is an internationally based artist who recently relocated to Atlanta from New York City, and is a true creative powerhouse. As a rehearsal director, dance educator, dancer, photo editor, project manager and photographer, Shannel wears all the creative hats. She is an inspiration to entrepreneurs and creatives, and encourages us to lean into our intuition, push past our fears and take on new opportunities to grow.
In this blog, I’ll outline how Shannel Resto was able to find the courage to make a career change, as well as gain recognition, opportunities and success.
Why is it important to find the courage to make a career change and overcome my fears?
Making a career change can be daunting and nerve-wracking, especially if you are considering self-employment. However, it is important to find the courage and overcome your fears in order to reach your goals and increase your chances of success. Taking the leap and embracing the unknown can be a scary prospect, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. The process of starting a business is full of challenges, but it also presents an opportunity to create a career that you love. By taking the plunge and pushing past your fears, you can create a career that is more fulfilling and rewarding.
Additionally, you can gain a sense of autonomy and satisfaction knowing that you are taking control of your own destiny and creating a life that you want. Taking the risk to make a career change can be difficult, but it can ultimately help you find greater success and satisfaction.
Here are the steps you need to follow:
1. Lean into your gut and chase after your passions.
2. Push past your fears and ego and take on new and challenging opportunities.
3. Remember that you already have what it takes to succeed.
1. Lean into your gut and chase after your passions
Leaning into your gut and chasing after your passions is an essential step in the journey of business growth and success. It can be terrifying to take a leap of faith and make a big change, but it’s essential to push past the fear and believe in yourself. This means trusting your intuition and being brave enough to follow your dreams, even if it means leaving your comfort zone. It’s important to remember that you have everything you need inside of you to make a change and succeed. To lean into your gut and chase after your passions, start by reflecting on what you truly desire in life. Ask yourself what you’re passionate about and what new opportunities you can pursue to help you grow. Once you have identified your passions and goals, start taking small steps towards achieving them. This could include researching new subjects, connecting with like minded people, or taking a class to learn a new skill. Taking proactive steps towards your passions will help you stay motivated and confident in your ability to make a change.
It’s also important to remember to celebrate the small wins along the way.
Achieving your goals is a process and you should be proud of yourself for each step you take. Celebrating your successes, no matter how small, can be a great way to stay motivated. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help and guidance. It’s okay to not have all the answers and it’s important to reach out to experts, mentors, and peers who can provide valuable advice and support. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and your dreams. Working with the right people can help you stay focused and on track to achieving your passions.
2. Push past your fears and ego and take on new and challenging opportunities
Pushing past our fears and ego is one of the most difficult things to do as entrepreneurs, but it is also one of the most important.
We need to be willing to take on new and challenging opportunities in order to grow as business owners. To do this, we must first identify our fears and then take action to overcome them. We must also be willing to step out of our comfort zone and take risks. This means being open to new ideas and being willing to try something new, even if it feels uncomfortable. We must also recognize the importance of our ego and learn to let go of it. We must be willing to accept constructive criticism and feedback, and also be willing to learn from our mistakes. Finally, we must be willing to take on new and challenging opportunities, even if they seem daunting. This will help us to become more resilient and flexible, and will ultimately help us grow as entrepreneurs.
When we take on new and challenging opportunities, it is important to remain focused and determined. Even if we feel overwhelmed or afraid, it is essential to stay motivated and to keep moving forward. By setting small and achievable goals, we can slowly build up our confidence and move closer to our goals. It is also important to remember that failure is part of the entrepreneurial journey, and we need to be willing to learn from our mistakes. At the same time, it is important to celebrate our successes and acknowledge our progress. This will help to keep us motivated and will remind us of why we are taking on these opportunities in the first place. Finally, it is important to remain humble and to recognize that we are not always going to get it right. We should strive to be open-minded and to be willing to listen to feedback and criticism. We should also be willing to take advice and learn from the experiences of others. By embracing these principles and pushing past our fears and ego, we can take on new and challenging opportunities and grow as entrepreneurs.
3. Remember that you already have what it takes to succeed
This step is all about self-reflection and confidence. It is important to take the time to evaluate your skills and experiences and to trust in your own abilities. You need to take a moment to acknowledge that you have the courage, strength, and resources necessary to succeed. It is important to recognize your own potential and to remember that you have the capability to achieve your goals. Take time to recognize the accomplishments you have achieved and the challenges you have conquered. Remind yourself that you are capable and worthy of success. Focus on your strengths and use them to your advantage. Reflect on the progress that you have made and the progress that you can make. Embrace the confidence that you already have within you and use it to propel you towards your goals.
Take action and don’t be afraid to fail.
Taking action is the only way to reach your goals, so don’t be afraid to take risks and step out of your comfort zone. Remember that failure is a part of progress and that it is okay to make mistakes. Embrace the idea that failure is a necessary part of growth and use it as an opportunity to learn and grow. Don’t be afraid to try something new and to put yourself out there. Be willing to take risks and to embrace the idea that failure can lead to success. Recognize that failure is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of courage and resilience. Celebrate your successes. No matter how small the accomplishment, it is important to take the time to recognize and appreciate your progress. This will help to boost your confidence and will remind you that you are capable of success. Celebrating your successes can also help to motivate you and keep you on track. Take time to reflect on the progress that you have made and to recognize the hard work that you have put in. Celebrate the small victories, such as completing a task or reaching a milestone. Show gratitude for the successes that you have achieved and use them to propel yourself towards your goals.
Making a career change can be intimidating, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. By taking the plunge and pushing past your fears, you can create a career that is more fulfilling and rewarding. Building connections with other professionals, pitching yourself to potential clients, and creating opportunities by taking risks are all important steps to take to ensure a successful career change. With courage, determination and a bit of luck, you can achieve the same success as Shannel Resto. So take a leap of faith and never be afraid to follow your dreams!
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