The real reason why you don’t take action to become a Data Scientist

Hey friends,

Not a long time ago, I felt trapped in a dilemma.

I wanted to change my career to Data Science and AI but didn’t know how or what to do.

As someone who loves planning and figuring things out before they happen, I felt absolutely terrified.

I felt the heavy weight of the unknown on my shoulders.

I didn’t want a change; but at the same time, deep down, I knew I really really wanted a change with all my heart.

It was just a feeling – like that “little voice” in your head (or a repetitive thought) reminding you that you should be doing something else.

And I thought,

you know, at some point, I’m just going to forget about it and I’ll continue living in what seemed like a comfortable place (career-wise).

But you know what?

That little voice didn’t go away! It actually got worse.

But I was afraid, and that was the main reason preventing me from taking action.

Later I learned something awesome!

I learn that fear is a powerful emotion and when we are afraid, some parts of our brains become overactive with red alerts, dredging up bad memories and past failures as part of a safety mechanism to protect us from danger.

This also creates a cycle that triggers a response to help us avoid risk.

Because here is the truth,

The feeling of wanting a career or life change will never go away. But in order to succeed, we need to embrace change even when our brains are constantly warning us to avoid risky situations.

And deep down, you don’t act toward your new Data Science career because that’s the normal response of our brain. Remember, our brain reacts to help us avoid risk. Changing careers or trying something new is perceived as a high-stakes risk.

Then, what to do?

Learn to embrace change even when we feel like it is something we don’t want to do. But don’t worry, I’ll share more about this in a future email.

For now, let me share that I’m so grateful for taking the leap of faith and embarking on the amazing data science/AI journey.

Here are some key takeaways for today:

  • Fear creates a response in our brains to help us avoid risk.
  • Changing careers or trying something new is perceived as a high-stakes risk.
  • The feeling of wanting a change won’t go away.
  • The future version of you will be glad for being brave and taking the leap into the unknown.
  • Eventually, you will end up in a better place, even if now it seems impossible.

Have you been in this situation? Is fear stopping you from doing what you really want?

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