All the time we're told by friends, family, and every sappy after-school special that we should be ourselves. And for the most part, I agree with this statement. But what happens when you have the opportunity to become someone new? Rather, when you can become someone better than you are now.
I'm not encouraging you to dismiss your entire personality.
You can't escape your personality any more than you can escape the sinking feeling you have every time you watch the news lately. (Seriously, what's happening to this country?) Your personality isn't just a part of you, it's essentially who you are.
So it's impossible to change your personality altogether. There are some aspects of yourself that will never change, for better or worse.
When I say that you should take the opportunity to become someone better, I mean that you should become the best version of yourself.
For example, I moved to Tacoma, WA today.
I've been going through job postings looking for new work. From past experience I know that I can't handle child care, retail, or the food industry. My career aspiration is to become self-employed on the internet, but in the meantime I need to make some money. So if I can't stand customer service and I have no job experience, how am I supposed to make money?
At this point, it doesn't matter. So in addition to applying to administrative and office assistant jobs, I'm applying to modeling, acting, and blog writing positions. My current dream would be to get a 40 hour a week, well paid blog posting job as it relates most to the industry I want to pursue. Regardless, I have nothing to lose, so I'm taking this opportunity to apply to jobs in careers I was afraid to apply to earlier.
What does this mean for you?
When you take risks, you give yourself the chance to become a better version of yourself. Take these risks. You'll be immensely proud of yourself for becoming more of the person you want to be, and you'll gain the best life experiences from growing into the best version of yourself.