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How do you know when it's time to do something new?

Wherever you work and whatever you do for a living, you will always have transferable skills. You might think you have a very niche role, which doesn’t offer any obvious benefits when looking for another challenge. But the simple fact is, experience is experience. Some connections between skill sets are obvious, even if the roles themselves seem considerably different, but even the most tenuous of links will help you if you’re looking to embark on something new.

Recently we’ve seen in the news the example of Rio Ferdinand who’s attempting a new challenge of taking up the mantle of a professional boxer having spent the first 20 years of his career as a footballer.

Many commentators have questioned the move, pointing out that boxing is a very different sport from football and that just because Rio is physically fit, it doesn’t mean he’s capable of performing at an elite level when it comes to boxing. Whether that is the case remains to be seen as he progresses further along the path. But what we can take from Rio is that he’s obviously looking to utilise his skills and strengths. Having competed at a professional level of sport for so long, his body is in optimum fitness and it’s his physicality that is his greatest asset. Having hand-eye coordination and a natural talent for sport in general, which has been honed over the years, sets him in great stead to take up a new form of sport. Of course, it won’t be easy, but he’s recognised the opportunity to put his experience and ability to the test in a different arena.

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