Fear of Change

Everyone faces it multiple times it in their life, right? You’re either immobilized by it or you push through it. Earlier this year the fear of change was staring me down once again. I had been involved with the Pharmaceutical Industry for 18 years and in the beginning of this year I had to make a decision about my life and the direction it was heading in. I needed to make the decision to change industries or stay in Pharma and remain at status quo (unhappy in my job). Last February I sat at my kitchen table looking at the two directions my life could turn and I took a leap. I made a radical change and started working at DesignPoint Solutions selling CAD Software. Talk about walking through the fear of change, I had just the month before researched CAD software when I applied for the job.

My fears:

  • Could I learn what I needed to know to talk to people?
  • Would I understand what people were saying to me?
  • Would I be able to do this?

I knew I had a lot to learn, but it was truly the best decision I could have made. I learn something new every day. I meet and interact with brilliant individuals who make the most amazing designs and products. They have opened my mind to a whole new world and how I look at everything in it. AMAZING! On goes my story, nine months later I sit down for lunch with an old coworker who is still in the Pharma Industry and the first thing he said to me was “You look happy and you have the fire in your eye again. I can’t remember a time when you looked so excited or happy about your job.”

As I look back at the past 9 months, what I have learned is that change is ever present and so is the fear of it, but if you work through the fear a whole new world awaits you. It’s been interesting talking with customers about what they went through when they first bought SolidWorks. I found that many companies faced fear issues like legacy 2D data, we’ve been doing it this way for years, learning curve, training time,’etc. They all pushed through their fears and said their transition went smoothly because they stuck to their decision and started making all new designs in SolidWorks. They picked a date and said from this time forward all work will be done in SolidWorks. Now they couldn’t imagine going back to their old system and wonder why they had the fear in the first place. I think what’s interesting is that in whatever change you make in your life as long as you’re committed to making the change the fears are manageable and become nonexistent.

I wish you all a Happy New Year!