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Embracing Change and Navigating Mid-Career Crises with Jordan Nahmias of Unstuck Consulting

Embracing Change and Navigating Mid-Career Crises with Jordan Nahmias of Unstuck Consulting

Episode 191

Jordan Nahmias shares his journey from law school to lawyer to know coaching others on how to change careers at Unstuck Consulting. He discusses his dissatisfaction with his law career and the moment he realized he needed a change. Jordan talks about the fear and terror he experienced when deciding to leave his law practice and the support he received from his family and friends during his career transition from being a lawyer to becoming a coach and therapist. He shares his passion for helping people and his ability to listen and understand others.

About Jordan Nahmias:
Jordan Nahmias is Founder and Principal at Unstuck Consulting Inc. At Unstuck Consulting, he helps lawyers and other professionals find purpose in their careers through coaching.

Before starting Unstuck, Jordan was a lawyer working at Goldenberg Nahmias LLP, Hall Webber LLP, and his own law firm, Nahmias Law Professional Corporation.

Jordan studied law at the University of Toronto and the University of Hong Kong, earning his Juris Doctor in 2008. He also has a B.A. in Philosophy from Huron University.

In this episode, we discuss:

(01:34) - Jordan’s journey growing up and his early career path

(03:49) - His time after law school teaching yoga and doing legal work on the side

(04:29) - Starting his own legal practice and focuses on film and TV work, growing the practice, and merging with another firm

(05:19) - The decision to leave legal practice in 2021

(06:30) - Reflecting on dissatisfaction with the legal profession from the beginning

(08:52) - Realization that a drastic change in career was needed.

(09:13) - COVID and having a child as critical factors that sped up the decision to leave law

(10:00) - Impact of not bringing the best self home to the family

(12:39) - Hitting the "wall" in a career similar to the scene in "The Truman Show"

(14:43) - Feelings of terror and preparation involved in making a career change

(16:45) - Fear of failure and responsibility in making the decision to change careers

(18:15) - The privilege of being able to make such a change and the importance of a supportive network

(20:47) - Feedback received during the transition and the importance of accepting one's feelings

(24:11) - Explanation of the new career path in helping others navigate periods of stuckness

(27:18) - Working with clients to help them navigate career changes and find satisfaction

(30:51) - Insights from the keynote on doing scary things and the importance of facing fears

(32:39) - Dealing with regret by practicing gratitude

(34:13) - Emphasis on focusing on feelings and the person rather than rushing to solutions

(39:10) - The role of habits and practices in helping people manage their careers and personal lives

(41:13) - Using social media to connect with others and shared experiences

(42:40) - What’s next for his career and how people can get in touch with him

Fast Favorites:

  1. 🎙- Favorite Podcast: Making Sense by Sam Harris

  2. 📰- Favorite Newsletter / Blog: The Imperfectionist by Oliver Burkeman

  3. 📲- Favorite Tech Gadget: Teleprompter setup with an SLR and iPad for Zoom calls

  4. 📈-  Favorite New Trend: Baggy clothing coming back into style and the acceptance of discussing dissatisfaction with work, especially for men

  5. 📚- Favorite Book: Fiction: American Psycho; Non-fiction: Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer and The Middle Passage by James Hollis

  6. 🤔 - Favorite Life Lesson: "No mud, no lotus" and Nothing is permanent: good times and bad times both pass

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