I grow up, I want to be……."
all had dreams as children of what our ideal job may be, but how
many of us are actually living that dream?
meets two brave souls who reached a cross roads in their career
and changed their lives dramatically.
9 to 5
any of you ‘nine to fivers’, chained to your desk, dreaming of a
life in the great outdoors, let Jan McCourt serve as inspiration.
a little boy, I’d always wanted to be a farmer. I’d spend
my time dreaming up budgets, not particularly successfully,
and dreaming about it." |
spent the majority of his working life as successful investment
banker in London.
reaching a crossroads in his career, Jan swapped office for barn
and purchased Northfield Farm at Cold Overton.
may be forgiven for conjuring up idyllic notions of green pastures
and milking cows. The reality however, is a little different as
first thing I had to do was to take a steer that was ready for killing
from the field to the abattoir... change my clothes, wash up, put
on a white coat and learn to butcher."
is one of the harsh realities of farming|
as a British farmer, particularly in the
current climate, is notoriously difficult and life for Jan is a
constant struggle to make the farm profitable.
an ironic twist of fate, Jan finds himself making that familiar
journey to the nation’s capital in order to sell his wares at speciality
colleagues Jan once worked along side are now customers and loyal
ones at that.
idyllic it may look to Jan’s ex-colleagues as he serves up fresh
produce, what they don’t see is Jan’s early arrival and battles
to assemble the tent before the market opens.
finds himself back in London, selling his produce|
a struggle financially, it’s a struggle physically, it’s been a
struggle emotionally." Jan McCourt
it certainly has been an emotional struggle as Jan’s wife has decided
that she too wants to follow her own path and they are currently
going through a divorce.
in lifestyle can and often do have major impact on personal relationships,
as life coach Vicki Espin explains.
of the big pitfalls about making a major change in one big step,
is that it can have a massive impact on other areas of your life.
For instance, on family relationships."
a way of life and it’s a better way of life." |
with all the major upheaval that Jan has faced, spending time in
the fields and with the animals reinforces his resolve.
turned his passion into a career|
is not alone in his desire to change his life. After 22 years as
a television repair man, Jitesh Badiani woke up one morning and
decided to start a restaurant.
has always been passionate about food, experimenting with new recipes
and cooking regularly for his friends. Now he makes a career out
of this passion.
successful career change has allowed him to spend more time with
his family. His business is ever expanding and Jitesh's latest venture
is to turn a hardware shop into a restaurant.
Jan and Jitesh have worked hard to make a success of their new careers
and it hasn’t always been easy. Yet offered with the choice to go
back, both men are firm in their resolve, their decisions have been
the right ones.