Taking a Year Off
There’s a saying, “The best ideas happen when you switch rooms.” In his interview, Michael Zadoorian pitches an idea with a similar theme, yet much wider scope. Switching rooms facilitates idea generation because the movement essentially gives you a creative reset and allows you to access a new set of ideas. Taking a step back allows you to really notice what is important. Michael Zadoorian urges us to take this advice when evaluating your career direction.
Michael took a year off of work – which is almost unheard of, especially in the demanding advertising industry. However, when Michael returned, he never actually went back into his previous role. This is because of how impactful his year off was. He was able to reaffirm his values, both personally and professionally, which lead to the launch of his career as an author and ultimately changed his direction in life for the better.
There is certainly a risk associated with taking this amount of time off during your career, and Michael’s strategy to reset ambitions wouldn’t be appropriate for everyone. But the important message is to follow Michael’s advice – don’t be afraid to listen to your gut. He believed he needed time off and it ultimately was the best decision for his professional life. Without taking some risk, there is no reward. Sometimes you have to take a few steps back, just as Michael did, to see the bigger picture and find your path.
Student. Room Changer. Risk Taker.