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What's Next in Your Life and Career?

Greenhouse Culture helps people and teams get unstuck so they can grow in their lives and their leadership

Article by Steve Perkins

Photography by Nick Davis Photography & The Herrintons

Originally published in Midlothian Lifestyle

Heading into the start of the year there's always a lot of hype around goals, resolutions and kicking-off the new year "right."

But it can actually take several weeks, if not months, to really get into the swing of things.

And, if you're like many people right now, you're in some kind of transition (in career or life) and experiencing the impact of our current world circumstances, which can make setting priorities for the new year even harder.

In fact, multiple sources quoted this fall noted that 95% of American workers are thinking about or planning to leave their jobs.

Some are calling it, “The Great Resignation,” but I like to think of it as, “The Great Reset.”

An opportunity to step into something more meaningful - a purpose, a legacy. An opportunity to pursue that idea you’ve wanted to for a while. An opportunity to explore and rethink what’s next.

But the question is, how? 

What if you’re not even sure what you want to do next? Wondering, too, where your skills and abilities fit in the ever-changing world?

Feeling like you’re not quite an outsider, but more like an “in-betweener.” Interested in many things, yet clearly fitting nowhere.

This is my story and the story of so many others feeling stuck in the fog of modern career navigation: longing for clarity, and maybe even confidence in purpose and calling.

You might be wondering what’s realistic in this new age – where we are privileged to ask these questions, and yet still struggling to find our way and do our best work.

Part of why this is happening is because our current societal system elevates a few professions and career paths that are most beneficial to the system as a whole. Meanwhile, there are thousands of other credible paths that provide tremendous value to the world and are critical to the economy and to human flourishing.

Creative roles. Generalist roles. People-helping jobs. In-betweeners.

Not to mention, people who have been successful, but are looking for more than just a job now and want to help others from their experiences.

In fact, 85% of the American workforce is made up of ‘unconventional’ jobs and roles, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor.

Over the last 10 years, I’ve been studying this phenomenon and working with individuals, and I’m learning that a growing number of people of all ages are feeling stuck or thinking about what’s next. And not just because of what some say is a selfish desire to be “passionate about their work,” but because most people are realizing that the majority of their waking hours could have meaning and purpose. 

They could get outside their current/past roles and how people have defined them in the past, so they can see themselves clearly and define who they are and what they really want moving forward.

So, if you’re finding yourself at a crossroads to make a change, know that your past isn’t wasted. It gives you experiences to reference from and to help others.

Second, here’s some encouragement: It’s possible to find clarity and confidence for what’s next. I know this is true because that’s quite literally why I left my cushy career at a Fortune 500 company to start Greenhouse Culture and help people like you figure out how to use their unique gifts and strengths to make a difference. 

You just need a process and an experienced coach. The Greenhouse Method is our proprietary process for finding the intersection of your strengths, passions, and personality that make you uniquely you. And the best part is, we also help you take this insight and translate it into clear steps that lead to a life of legacy.

Just knowing that your unique purpose is already hard-wired into you is the most important thing. All you need to do next is draw it out.

LEARN MORE: More than just “professional development” or “self-help” – Greenhouse Culture is approachable and welcoming, and allows you to come as you are with our coaching, community and courses. We’ve developed a proprietary method based on research and our own real-life experiences to give you a process for how to step into what’s next. Discover our coaching, podcast, monthly membership and more at:

  • Steve Perkins