Reinventing yourself can be a real challenge at any age – but as you get older it can be even more daunting.

In my thirties we were told to expect that we would probably change careers an average of three times in our working life. With people living and working longer in the 21st century it is a safe bet that this will be at least four these days and the chances are that at some time you will find yourself well and truly outside your comfort zone..

This slide from a Brain Based Coaching Conversations course I completed a while ago reminds us that true learning involves discomfort – letting go of control, acknowledging that you’re not the most knowledgeable person in the room and committing to learn something new from the ground up.

When you let yourself do that the benefits are incredible in that you don’t lose any of the familiar old skills – you simply augment what you have and become a more useful person!

So when you get the chance to be the dumbest person in the room enjoy the anxiety for a little bit – then jump into it!