It’s never easy to live with a debilitating chronic health condition. But when you’re in your 20′s and 30′s, it’s particularly difficult.
Why? Because everyone else is ”living the life ” that’s expected — launching careers, building long term relationships, planting seeds for a promising future.
Meanwhile, you’re juggling health appointments with unpredictable, demanding health needs and the daily question of ’what’s today going to be like for me?’. Every day is a struggle to just get by. It’s not so easy for you, is it?
I know how hard this can be because it was for me. I developed a chronic illness in my late 20′s. Although I’d carved out a career path and had my successes, it quickly became clear that I couldn’t sustain it. I felt frustrated and confused, searching for help that I couldn’t find. That was over 30 years ago. I’ve since learned that that my story is neither unique nor unusual.
Yet, my professional experience has shown me that few are willing to tackle these issues at this time in their life. That’s understandable. The idea that living with illness could upset your career dreams, especially when you’re just getting your life started, is not pleasant.
But I’ve seen how that kind of thinking can be a recipe for disaster. In fact, I believe that this is precisely the time to do just that. Why?
Because people living with chronic health challenges are more likely to create work success when they:
- Have concrete, marketable skills that they know how to apply in a variety of settings.
- Have the mental tools that allow them to stay focused and take care of themselves when illness and life collide.
- Have the clarity to see the challenges and identify the opportunities that will allow them to manage unpredictable health in a difficult work environment.
Most importantly, I’ve found that the earlier in your life that you develop these competencies rather than spending years going in a direction that leads to nowhere, the better off you’ll be on a psycho/social/financial and health level.
That’s why I created this unique new program, specifically designed for those between 20-30 years old (approximately) and live with chronic health challenges. Have you:
- Graduated from college or a technical program with no idea for the next step other than what you can’t do — because of your health?
- Completed advanced education or training but find that you can’t do the jobs that this leads to — because of your health?
I’m delighted to announce Kickstart Your Career, an eight session program that offers a value laden opportunity for you to craft a concrete plan that will improve your situation. This is your chance to take charge and create your career path with a carefully crafted road map that incorporates your strengths, your dreams and your health. Want to know more?
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts, especially after you look at the program. Are there things you’d like to see included?
Oh, and feel free to forward, tweet it or fb this post!