Surviving Your Quarter Life Crisis: Step 12

FRIDAY JUNE 10, 2016

Step 12: Commit to Staying on Your Career Change Path

All of the soul-searching, planning and executing you’ve been doing over the last few months is paying off.

You’re on your way to a gratifying, fulfilling new career—and annihilating that annoying quarter-life crisis in the process.

There’s one final step in this transformation, however: committing to staying on this career change path.

This should be a no-brainer, right? After putting in so much hard work, tossing it all away doesn’t make sense—even if you stumble slightly or don’t feel like these changes have made a difference.

Having patience can be tough especially when the forward motion is incremental.

That’s why it’s better to look at these changes from a long-term view, as we talked about in step #9: “If things don’t start happening as quickly as you’d like (or think they should), that’s okay—results don’t happen overnight.”

Revisit your path every few months—maybe every three months initially, and then every six months or so after that. Progress might not be visible from week to week, but you should be able to see positive momentum over time.

To keep perspective, it also helps if you have a support system in place. Call it a network of accountability: a core group of friends, family, past co-workers and/or mentors you can count on to keep you focused and motivated.

Not only can this network verify that yes, you are going in the right direction—but it can also be your sounding board when times are tough.

And where big life changes are concerned, the best advice comes from people who know you best.

They won’t sugarcoat things or simply tell you what you want to hear; in fact, they’ll challenge you to live up to your potential and not give up when times are tough.

No matter what happens, keep in mind that you’re not alone. Everyone is either currently going through or has previously dealt with a quarter-life crisis.

And career changes—even drastic ones—are way more common than you think. You’ll navigate this period of your life and triumphantly emerge as a happier, more successful person.

If you’ve found these quarter-life crisis survival tips helpful, we’d love to hear from you.Shoot us a note on Twitter or email us to let us know your thoughts. If you want to review the steps again, start with step 1. And share the hell out of anything that you think could help others. Thanks for reading.

Surviving Your Quarter Life Crisis: Step 11


Step #11: Realize it’s Okay to be Unsure at this Point in Your Life

As you get deeper into the career change process, you still might not be 100% sold that your life is going in the right direction, or that you’re making the right decisions.

That’s completely normal. Until you’re actually in a better, happier place, you’ll likely be plagued by self-doubt and questions.

What if I’m making a huge mistake?

What if my new career isn’t going to be better than my last one?

What if I should’ve given my old job more of a chance?

What if I won’t be good at my new job?

What if I won’t be as successful in my new career?

What if going into debt wasn’t worth it?

What if I’m not going to be happier with this change?

All of this uncertainty is totally okay. It takes time to get to where you need—and want—to be, and that road isn’t always a straight shot or easy terrain.

Successful people are constantly evaluating if they’re doing the right thing. This article, “5 Simple Questions Successful People Ask Themselves Every Day,” offers some great guiding questions to keep you grounded.

Plus, the reassuring news is that you’ve already made it over the biggest, most difficult hurdle: being aware that you need a change. Reaching that level of self-awareness is something many people never achieve.

And the dirty secret is, nobody has life figured out—even your friends posting perfect-looking Instagram photos or flawless Snapchat videos.

Offline, even these seemingly put-together people have just as much self-doubt as you do. Everybody thinks that the grass is always greener somewhere else.

In fact, the phrase “fake it ‘til you make it"—e.g., pretending outwardly you have self-confidence, even if you feel anything but inside—was invented just for these situations.

Above all, remember that all of this is a completely healthy process you’re going through. Hitting a rough patch here and there now will lead to smoother sailing later.

Now that you’re realizing that it’s okay to be unsure at this juncture in your life, what comes next with this decision? How can you make this your best year yet? Follow us for quarter-life crisis survival tips and guidance, including the final step, published in a few weeks.

Surviving Your Quarter Life Crisis: Step 10



Step #10: Come to Terms that Life Might Suck (for a while)

As you dig into your career change plan of attack, you might have discovered an unpleasant side effect of this transformation: Life has started to suck.

You might be anxious about whether you made the right decision, or frustrated that you aren’t seeing positive results fast enough.

You could be miserable about your lack of a social life, or afraid that you don’t have what it takes to actually set out what you want to do.

You could also be really tired from burning the candle at both ends.

This is all understandable. Life’s hard, as the old saying goes. And the road to change is often filled with potholes.

Once you realize and accept this fact, you’ll have one less thing to worry about—especially because this is something completely out of your hands.

In fact, you’re not alone in feeling that this time of your life is the worst. Google the phrase “quarter-life crisis sucks,” and you’ll get well over 100,000 hits, featuring not-so-reassuring articles such as “Your Quarter Life Crisis After College Is Going To Suck A Lot.”

It’s important to remember that your twenties are for learning. Nobody has life figured out the second they get a diploma.

In fact, leaving the college bubble and navigating adulthood is like freshman year all over again—only the growing pains (hopefully) involve less RA interference and a nicer apartment.

And it’s all about perspective, too: This whole struggle is only temporary. It will get better, and you will get through it. Life will not suck forever.

Plus, the dirty little secret that’s worth keeping in mind the entire time? Even if you make a mistake—or find that things aren’t working—that isn’t the same as failure.

As the Huffington Post helpfully spells out in a 2015 piece, “How to Get Over Your Quarter-Life Crisis,” whatever direction you’re attempting is fail-proof.

“You might not like it, or it might not come together all at once, but that’s not failing,” author Kali Rogers writes. “If you give it enough shots to know that something really isn’t clicking with you, no big deal.”

In short, rather than blaming yourself for things not working, simply chalk it up to quarter-life crisis turbulence and forge on ahead.

Now that you’re coming to terms with the fact that life is temporarily going to suck, what comes next with this decision? How can you make this your best year yet? Follow us for quarter-life crisis survival tips and guidance, including step #11, published in a few weeks.

Surviving Your Quarter Life Crisis: Step 9

MONDAY MAY 2, 2016

Step #9: Use Grit to Execute Your Career Change Plan

Over the last few months, we’ve been building toward a career change by discussing the importance of networkingupskilling and finding inspiration.

Now the time has finally come to synthesize all of this information, make a decision and start executing your plan of action.

Don’t panic!

Yes, it’s completely scary to make a leap into the unknown, especially where your career is concerned.

However, you’re not alone in feeling this way, and you do have control over what happens next.

In fact, during a wildly successful TED Talk, Angela Duckworth spoke of a characteristic she found predicted success: grit.

“Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals,” she says. “Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future—day-in, day-out. Not just for the week; not just for the month. But for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality.”

In other words, persistence is just as important as perspiration. Good things come to those who know what they want, and aren’t afraid to put in the effort to achieve them.

Here are some other tips and tricks to keep in mind as you execute your career change.

  • Stick to your plan. If things don’t start happening as quickly as you’d like (or think they should), that’s okay—results don’t happen overnight. It’s more important to stick with your decision and see where life takes you.
  • Have regular check-ins with yourself. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day chaos of change. Be sure to take a breather and have regular status checks with yourself, to make sure you’re still on your prescribed path.
  • Keep your lines of communication open. As you’re going through your changes, don’t forget to talk to friends and family about what you’re going through. They’ll be an invaluable resource and support system during this time.
  • Go with the flow. Even if you have a preconceived notion of how things are going to go, there could be wrenches in the plan or unexpected curveballs. Be prepared to go with the flow if or when that happens.

As Duckworth also added, “Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” In other words, keeping a steady pace wins the race—especially where career transformations are concerned.

Now that you’ve started to execute your change, what comes next with this decision? How can you make this your best year yet? Follow us for quarter-life crisis survival tips and guidance, including step #10, published in a few weeks.

Surviving Your Quarter Life Crisis: Step 8


Step #8: Upskill for Your Future

In the last few steps, we’ve focused on laying the groundwork for your career change by looking at the inspiring people or things around you.

Now we’re moving into the last few steps and final part of the process: starting to put a plan into action. While there’s a lot of action you’ll be taking during this part, we’re going to focus on upskilling for your future. Sound intimidating? It doesn’t have to be.

In fact, people are built for this sort of striving: In a new book, Drive, author Daniel Pinkargues that 

“The secret to high performance and satisfaction—at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.”

And upskilling tends to be clear-cut once you figure out your strengths. We’ve been working toward this goal all along, but here are some other ways to hone in on them.

Use proven metrics to determine your strengths. Gallup’s online assessment (and accompanying book) StrengthsFinder tend to give amazing insights into your strong points and areas of weak—and help point to what skills you can gain to complement what you already know.

Use your own personal experiences. This involves becoming hyper-aware of both your actions and surroundings. For example, when people ask you for help, what do they ask you to do? When you have a free hour at work, what do you do? Zeroing in on these subtle cues can help you figure out your strong points.

Flash back to childhood. It may sound silly, but think back to your pre-college school days. What subjects did you enjoy learning about the most? What classes held your attention best? In what topics did you get the best grades? Grades aren’t everything, of course, but they do tend to point at areas where you’ve always excelled.

Don’t forget about defining passion areas. Strengths and skills aren’t just comprised of practical considerations. It’s important to also include the emotional side of things, and acknowledge what you enjoy doing.

A good place to start with drilling down on your passion is Tony Robbins piece, “The 6 Human Needs: Why We Do What We Do,” which poses the question, “What is the force that drives and shapes all of our emotions, actions, qualities of life, and ultimately, our destinies?”

It’s important to remember that upskilling doesn’t have to mean completely overhauling your skill set, and it doesn’t need to involve huge learning curves, either.

It could translate to incrementally gaining smaller nuggets of information, or simply keeping tabs on new trends or technological advances. A desire to be constantly learning new things is as important to upskilling as the actual knowledge obtained.

Now that you’ve figured out ways to identify your strengths, what are the best next steps to take? How can you make this your best year yet? Follow us for quarter-life crisis survival tips and guidance, including step #9, published in a few weeks.

Surviving You Quarter Life Crisis: Step 7


Step #7: Interact with Inspiring People

Dealing with your quarter-life career crisis can often feel like a solitary endeavor, something navigated privately. Because of that, it’s easy to feel weighed down by everything going on and the choices you’re facing.  

The solution is easier than you might expect: Get out of your own head and interact with other people. 

Picking the brains of others, whether via formal conversation or informal chats, is an invaluable way to get inspired, as well as feel less overwhelmed by life.

More than that, however, networking—and developing a robust network of contacts—is one of the most important things you can do for your career.  

Here are some ways to get your network on:

Attend networking events. While these might be intimidating (or conjure images of stuffy corporate types) take a deep breath and go. Trust us: You won’t be alone in feeling awkward in a sea of potentially unfamiliar people. Practice this: walk up to a group and start with ‘Hi, I’m XX what’s your name?’ Then let the convos start flowing.

Sign up for your college’s local alumni club. These clubs tend to sponsor all kinds of local events, from talks and social hours to sports-centric meetups, to make it easy for alums to meet each other and network. Plus, recent grads tend to get discounted membership rates!

Join young professionals groups. Consider this a low-pressure, high-fun networking opportunity: Hanging out in support of a cultural institution is a great way to get to know people in a social sense, while also hearing about their own career triumphs and questions. (Joining an intramural sports league is another great way to accomplish the same thing.)

Ask for informational interviews. Established professionals are usually happy to talk about what they do for a living, as well as how they got to where they are today. Reach out to people you admire and ask if they have time for a phone call or an informal coffee date—you’d be surprised at how accessible and open people are if you approach them via email, LinkedIn or Twitter.

Hang out in LinkedIn groups. There are thousands of LinkedIn discussion groups, which can make finding an active, useful one difficult. However, it’s worth finding one relevant to your interests and career options, and interacting with commenters and articles. Not only will you soak up information, but you’re able to ask questions and maybe even make valuable connections that could help you down the line.

In short, you never know where or when you’re going to meet someone who could change your career destiny.

Now that you’ve figured out ways to get your network in gear, what are the best next steps to take? How can you make this your best year yet? Follow us for quarter-life crisis survival tips and guidance, including step #8, published in a few weeks.

Surviving Your Quarter Life Crisis: Step 6


Step #6: Get Inspired by What’s Around You

As we discussed in step 5, career changes are more often than not a gradual process—less a straight line and more like a slightly curved road with an occasional bump or two.  

In light of that, it’s no surprise that even highly motivated people sometimes need a jolt of encouragement on days when job concerns seem overwhelming.

We touched on some tools to make decisions and gain clarity in step 3—but when you need to engage your brain and really dig into your next steps, try these avenues of inspiration.

Peruse TED Talks archives. The TEDtalks YouTube page posts a new video daily—and has hundreds of useful, fascinating clips in its archive—while the organization’s main website has thousands(!) of TED and TEDx talks spanning every topic imaginable. Either way, there’s likely been a speaker dealing with your exact same conundrum who may have a solution or interesting perspective.

Browse the wisdom published on LinkedIn Pulse. While most people see LinkedIn as a networking tool, there’s actually a lot of interesting career insights, advice and stories published on its Pulse platform. The best part is, once you find an author you like, you can follow him or her—and, of course, comment on their essays—and perhaps learn even more from those who’ve been in your shoes.

Find a few favorite inspirational websites. There’s no shortage of websites publishing articles relevant to those dealing with the ever-changing world of tech, careers and employment. FastCompany, LifeHacker, Mic and Vox (and its tech-geared site, The Verge) are particularly good resources for the kinds of pieces that help people think smarter—and differently—about their own experiences.

Hang out on social media. Sure, too much time on any platform is a recipe for brain rot (or burnout), but it’s amazing what kind of positive vibes and motivation you can pick up from a rad Instagram photo or funny Snapchat video.  

Shake up your routine. What we talked about in step 3 holds true here, too: One of the best ways to get perspective on your own life is to change your environment. This doesn’t have to be an expensive vacation or weekend away, either. Doing something different can be as simple as taking a walk at lunch, or going to a new coffee shop or restaurant to hang out. The point is to find somewhere that’s new-to-you, which will spur your senses in different ways.

Of course, there’s no substitute to going offline and finding inspiration in real-life human interaction. No, really. In step #7, we’ll explain why this is as important as cultivating a rich online presence.

Now that you’ve figured out some ways to get inspired, what are the best next steps to take? How can you make this your best year yet? Follow us for quarter-life crisis survival tips and guidance, including step #7, published in a few weeks.

Surviving Your Quarter Life Crisis: Step 5


Step #5: Lay Out Your Change Options

Ok, so you might be frustrated that conquering your quarter-life crisis so far has involved a lot of thinking and planning—and very little action.

However, patience is important, and being thoughtful about your next career steps is a must. You only have one life, after all.

But at this point, it’s time to stop talking about the future—and instead figure out the steps you need to get there.

Read on for five viable career change options you can consider.

Apply for new jobs. Best-case scenario, you’ve identified what you hate about your current gig, and know exactly what you’re looking for next. Polish your LinkedIn profile, fire up Indeed, and get cracking on a job search.

Find a part-time job and move back home. This isn’t ideal, although it’s certainly more common these days: The percentage of millennials living at home is the highest it’s been since 1940. Removing the pressure of rent and other living expenses might be what’s needed for you to clear your head enough to figure out what’s next.

Look into a part-time, online or weekend degree program. Sure, it might be bad news for your social life (at least temporarily), but it’ll be easier on your wallet—and you can hang onto your current gig for the moment while laying the groundwork for a change.

Explore other continuing education options. Thanks to the wonders of technology, there are endless MOOCs and online classes—such as Harvard’s legendary CS50x, “Introduction to Computer Science”—available for you to take. Some even offer a verified certificate program you can put on your résumé.

Go back to school (or sign up for a bootcamp) full-time. Your dream job might require more education or an advanced degree, which is pretty normal. Luckily, going back to school full-time, or deciding to take a rigorous boot camp, won’t be too much of an adjustment, since you’re not that far removed from school.

One word of advice: Although it’s tempting to quit your job cold turkey and figure things out, that’s an extreme step that should only be taken if you are utterly miserable at work. Having no plan B and no steady income stream is a recipe for credit card debt, student loan defaults and a worsening quarter-life crisis.

Now that you’ve defined several concrete change options, what are the best next steps to take? How can you make this your best year yet? Follow us for quarter-life crisis survival tips and guidance, including step #6, published in a few weeks.

Surviving Your Quarter Life Crisis: Step 4


Step #4: Identify Your Area of Change

In our last post, we suggested ways to unplug from everyday life so you can access the mental clarity needed to be open to life changes.      

Now comes the hard(er) part: Using that dedicated break from day-to-day craziness to figure out why exactly you’re unhappy—and identify what is causing this unhappiness.

As we’ve touched on before, emotions don’t happen in a vacuum. For example, job dissatisfaction can very easily affect your personal relationships or cause mood swings outside of work.

This occurs because a quarter-life crisis is also an identity crisis: 

When you’re in your twenties, your personality is wrapped into (and dependent on) your job title or career path.

This isn’t always a bad thing. Post-college, having this identity helps people find other like-minded souls trying to navigate challenging waters, and can create valuable networking camaraderie.

And, understandably, it’s daunting to see yourself as separate from something which plays such a significant role in your daily life.

However, realizing that you are a distinctive person separate from your job is important, especially if you’re in a position you hate.

And that’s why mental clarity is so important: 

Having the ability to detach from the insanity of everyday life and get in touch with how you want to feel can help you pinpoint what aspects of your job need to change.

To get you started, here are a few questions to ask yourself:

Is my work making a difference? 

“All employees have an innate desire to contribute to something bigger than themselves,”says Jag Randhawa, author of The Bright Idea Box: A Proven System to Drive Employee Engagement and Innovation. So if you feel like you’re just spinning your wheels, or not contributing anything meaningful to the greater good, a job with a more philanthropic or service-oriented bent makes sense.

Does my work environment inspire me? 

Nobody grows up wanting to work in a cubicle farm. But an office is more than boring furniture: Ideally, there should be quality co-workers; a company culture conducive to collaboration and teamwork; stellar work-life balance; and a sense that upper management respects the hard work of others. Figure out what makes you excited to actually be at work, and make that happen.

Am I being challenged? 

Being around interesting, engaged people who motivate you to learn and grow is invaluable in terms of kickstarting ambition and making your work day fly by. So is being handed work that stretches your brain and a boss that doesn’t underestimate your talents or skills. Plenty of people stick around at jobs that are easy but mind-numbing, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Who do I work for? 

There’s an old saying: Leadership comes from the top. While that seems like an obvious statement, it means that a company’s culture–everything from work-life balance to management style–tends to be dictated by a CEO or a corporate parent company. If your principles, morals or personality don’t align with upper management, or you disagree with company strategies, maybe a job more suited to your value system makes sense.  

What motivates me to get out of bed every day? 

People take jobs for many reasons: money, stability, the commute, the hours, the subject matter. Think about what makes you stumble out of bed when the alarm starts blaring –and if you’re not getting that at your current job, make a change.

Identifying the ideal characteristics of perfect employment—and zeroing in on what makes your current situation undesirable—is the first step toward achieving your dream job.

Now that you’ve clarified focus on what things may need to change, what are the best next steps to take? How can you make this your best year yet? Follow us for quarter-life crisis survival tips and guidance, including step #5, published soon.

Surviving Your Quarter Life Crisis: Step 3


Step #3: Determine the Tools in Your Toolbelt

As we’ve determined, finding a fulfilling career path is the key to conquering your quarter-life crisis.

Of course, finding a dream job doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, even figuring out what your ideal career path is (or looks like) isn’t easy, especially because you’re not even aware yet of the tools you already have at your disposal.

So how can you define the tools in your personal toolbelt that will help you decide what’s important to you and your career? A good first step is embarking on a period of intense introspection.

One helpful resource we love is Danielle Laporte’s The Desire Map. This book doubles as a philosophy which focuses on helping people establish a life plan by focusing on achieving core desired feelings rather than specific, tangible milestones.

Basically, figuring out how you want to feel every day will help you direct your short- and long-term moves and actions—because, as Laporte notes, “that kind of inner clarity and outer action” means “decisions will be easier to make.”

Getting to a place where you can access that clarity and be open to new opportunities involves taking a break from the daily grind.

These breaks or “tools” can take many forms, but might include:  

  1. Yoga. A class once or twice a week is a good way to unwind and clear your head.
  2. Exercise. Getting your blood flowing—whether swimming, a run, a bike ride or a gym trip—helps maintain your emotional and physical health.
  3. Traveling. Getting out of your usual environment and into a new place often refreshes your perspective and leads to new insights.
  4. Meditation. Even taking 10 to 15 minutes out of your day to relax and think can help you get rid of nagging stress and inner discord.
  5. Meetups. Hanging out with other people is a good way to bounce ideas off experts, hear about other opportunities—and put it out there into the world that you’re looking to make a change.

It’s important to remember that there’s no wrong way to unplug from the hectic nature of day-to-day life. Figuring out what works best for you personally—and then committing to doing so on a consistent basis—is more important.

After all, sustained, prolonged reflection is the way to achieve the kind of self-awareness needed to overcome your quarter-life crisis.

Now that you’ve figured out your core tools, what are the best next steps to take? How can you make this your best year yet? Follow us for quarter-life crisis survival tips and guidance, including step #4, published in a few weeks.

Surviving Your Quarter Life Crisis: Step 2


Step #2: Change Your Mindset. Realize You Have More Control than You Think.

So you’ve decided you need a change. That realization should be a relief, since it means you’re facing your quarter-life crisis head on.

Deciding what to change is easier said than done, however, especially becauseresearchers have found that having too many choices can actually be paralyzing.  

Let’s start with this wakeup call: feeling like your future is out of your hands is a surefire path to stagnancy and bad decisions. In fact, it can lead to what Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck calls a “fixed mindset” - when people consider their smarts and skills set in stone and “spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them.”

This outlook explains why some people find it hard to leave jobs or relationships once they’re comfortable.

To break it down simply, life is made up of two buckets: your destiny (what you’re meant to fulfill in this lifetime) and free will (the choices you make to steer you to that destiny, or far from it). 

Once you realize that you do have control over your future and personal detours—and that your decisions can help you get to where you want to be in the future—things will start to fall into place.

In fact, realizing that you are the director of your own life—that you’re not just a puppet directed by an unseen force—is the next step to vanquishing your quarter-life crisis.

It all boils down to attitude. 

Ambitious people adopt what Dweck calls a “growth mindset,” which is when people “believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point.”

The growth mindset concept naturally dovetails with the direction of the series: Going forward, we’ll explore how you can start to put change into action in your professional life, leading you to a fulfilling career.

Having a growth mindset will help you admit that wanting more from a perfectly acceptable job—one that’s neither incredibly interesting nor deathly boring—is absolutely fine. And at this point in life, absolutely necessary.

And it’ll be a reminder that while occasionally feeling unhappy or restless at work is completely normal—like any long-term relationship, a job has its ups and downs—you deserve to challenge yourself.

Giving up job security or stability is certainly scary, but a wrong decision or career move isn’t necessarily catastrophic, especially where careers are concerned. Each decision you make leads you further down your path, so what’s important is focusing on the decisions you need to make to ultimately find that professional happiness.

Surviving Your Quarter Life Crisis: Step 1


Step #1: Acknowledge You Need a Change

For many, the first few weeks of January are the most brutal time of the year. Not only has any feel-good holiday buzz worn off—despite the leftover cookies lingering in the kitchen—but it’s also time to dive back into the 9-5 grind.

Some people find this return to routine manageable; in fact, it might even be welcome. But plenty of other people might find themselves hitting the snooze button more than usual.

It’s tempting to chalk this ennui up to the winter doldrums: After all, it’s cold and snowy outside, and leaving your warm, cozy house for any reason is tough. Plus, having to set an alarm to wake up early after a vacation always feels like sheer torture.

But perhaps this morning misery is actually a signal that something deeper is going on, especially if it doesn’t go away after a few days. 

Maybe it’s your mind’s not-so-subtle way of telling you that you’re embarking on a quarter-life crisis.

Don’t let this term scare you. On a broad level, this is defined as “a crisis that may be experienced in one’s twenties, involving anxiety over the direction and quality of one’s life.” However, the manifestations of this uncertainty vary from person to person, and range in severity and tangibility.

You could be finding things to dislike about your job, even if it seems to be going well. Or you might feel restless with an otherwise-blissful romantic relationship, or feel dissatisfied with the quality of your social life or living situation. Your unhappiness might even be intangible: Maybe you’re always bored or cranky, or you’re finding yourself flipping past TV shows or movies you used to love.

It’s understandably hard to admit that you’re feeling unhappy or unfulfilled, especially if, on the surface, everything seems to be going right. 

However, when you just can’t shake the nagging feeling that you want more out of life—and when you realize that your dissatisfaction isn’t just temporary seasonal weariness—it’s time to acknowledge that making a change is necessary.

Now that you’ve admitted it’s time for a change, what are the best next steps to take? How can you make this your best year yet? Follow us for quarter-life crisis survival tips and guidance, including step #2, published later this month.