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Richard is approaching the end of his contract. The sensible option would be to find another job in the same profession, but his heart's telling him to follow his passion project. How do you find the confidence to jump into something new, when conventional wisdom, and your age, says to play it safe?

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“Life's too short not to have a go at doing something I love.”

Karen Wigley could no longer muster enthusiasm for her work. So, she decided to turn her love of entertaining into a business she could feel proud of. Here she shares how she's combining a realistic attitude to money with something she truly enjoys.

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“I wanted to have a go at creating something myself.”

Charlotte McMillan's light-bulb idea happened one morning in the shower. While starting her own business has been a big risk, now she's in the driving seat of something she feels passionate about. Here's how she did it.

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Feeling pressure to find the 'one' thing: the thing you're supposed to love and do forever? Lisa explains why it's quicker (and a lot more fun) to forget the big elusive 'passion' and focus instead on looking for a Little Yes.

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“I became ashamed of my job, always trying to shorten or completely avoid the topic in conversation.”

Vera Frajtova realised that job-hopping wasn't going to solve her long-term job dissatisfaction. So, she decided to think outside the box. Now she's found her way to a sector where she's feeling inspired daily, and (after making a few adjustments) learned how to live and work in a new way. Here's her story.

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“I loved the work, but not the four hours a day of commuting that came with it.”

Kimberley Davenport had thought her idea of going freelance was a pipe dream. Then, her circumstances changed. Here's how she managed a steep learning curve to go from a now-or-never moment to a business of her own.

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Not happy – either with your current work, or with how your career change is going? Natasha explains why the way you understand happiness could be holding you back – and how a new perspective can speed up your shift.

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“I didn't want to waste years simply filling a seat.”

James Edwards found himself stuck with limited opportunities for growth. So, when the right set of circumstances arose to allow him to leave his job, he grabbed the chance. Here, he shares how he resigned without a backup plan and started again by transferring his skills to an entirely new field.

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Rose is torn. Her current role is safe, and lucrative, but it's not helping her grow. Meanwhile, the career she's got her heart set on carries no guarantees of security. How do you know whether you're making the right move, or a big mistake?

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“It was difficult not to feel attached to the identity that I'd carried for 15 years.”

Verity knew it was time for a new challenge: something that would both stretch her and offer the flexibility she needed. She had a powerful set of skills, but getting recruiters in new fields to see that was no easy task. Here's how she persevered to find new work that inspires her.

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