Starting Something New

Starting something new?

In this blog post I have included some ideas and tips I have learned over the years.


Be flexible – you are likely experiencing this for the first time. It won’t be identical to your previous place of work/school/etc. Different rules, policies, people, roles – things will be different (different, different; not bad different);


Be cautious – some of the first things you do when you start a new job/etc can develop into habit. Be smart the first few days/weeks to set yourself up for long term success in your new adventure. This isn’t to say, don’t take some risks. Starting a new job/etc is a great opportunity to break old bad habits (showing up 5 minutes early instead of late each morning);


Be free – you’re in a new environment. Forget about everything that was done in your old home. It may not work in your new home. Give yourself freedom to explore new ideas and ways of doing things (may be surprised).


Be fun – starting something new can be very scary well being exciting at the same time. It is an opportunity to be fun and have fun. I don’t mean be the comedian or person who makes everyone laugh. Have fun with the new gig. Try something a little bit risky you may not have tried before.


Be big – before diving straight into new projects (work)/assignments (school)/etc, think of the big picture. Where do you need to end up and how are you going to get there. What steps need to be taken to help you successfully accomplish the journey of completing the task. Think big, start slowly, and work your way from zero (start) to hero (completion).

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Adam Goodwin is a Canadian working in the United Kingdom. His parents currently work in Cairo, Egypt. He has siblings and distant family in Canada. Follow his year+ overseas on Twitter (@adam13goodwin)!



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  1. Your post should have been called “Starting a New Job.” Starting something new in my mind means any new adventure. Also, if you want to start something new in the job market, that to me would be starting your own business, not moving to another master as a slave wager.

    Nonetheless this is good advice for fear-stricken folks who don’t know any better moving to a new job. I would find it helpful in that particular situation. I probably could have used this advice in the past. So I appreciate your post.

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