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Rich von when is it time for a change

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Rich Von has enjoyed several successful careers over his lifetime, including owning a drilling company and working as a marine technologist in Antarctica. But one of the most challenging times of Rich Von ’s career came when he realized, after a long career in marketing, that it was time for a change. Below, Rich Von shares his hard-earned wisdom about career change.

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Rich von when is it time for a change

  1. 1. Rich Von: When Is it Time for a Change?Rich Von has enjoyed several successful careers over his lifetime, including owning a drillingcompany and working as a marine technologist in Antarctica. But one of the most challengingtimes of Rich Von ’s career came when he realized, after a long career in marketing, that it wastime for a change. Below, Rich Von shares his hard-earned wisdom about career change.Q: What led you to marketing as a career?Rich Von: I had been working as a tradesman since high school graduation, and I realized mycareer was stagnant.Q: Were you successful in marketing?Rich Von: We had success beyond our wildest dreams.Q: Seems like everything was perfect. What went wrong?Rich Von: At first, I didn’t realize anything was wrong. But over time, I lost the fire, thatenthusiasm I’d previously had.Q: What made you first aware that you’d lost your passion for marketing?Rich Von: First, I noticed my team had changed. Some of my top salesmen were no longer firedup. Then, my wife told me I’d changed, that I’d lost my excitement. I did some soul-searching totry to figure out what had gone wrong.Q: What do you feel made you lose that excitement?Rich Von: Mostly, it was due to the company itself. While they claimed to embrace certainphilosophies, they weren’t putting their money where their mouths were, so to speak.Q: What was your next step?Rich Von: It wasn’t easy. I had a team under me at the time that depended on me, but many ofmy team members shared my concerns.Q: Do you find it’s common for someone to go through what you went through?Rich Von: It’s very common. In fact, many people who go into sales and marketing end up in thesame place I was in.Q: What do you think causes that dissatisfaction, generally?
  2. 2. Rich Von: It depends on the person and the company. Sometimes it may be a colleague or asupervisor that brings on the dissatisfaction. It can also be a glass ceiling—you find that there’sno more upward mobility. Usually it’s a combination of things—but more important then thecauses are the symptoms—a lack of passion. And that’s a big problem because enthusiasm andpassion are the juice of life and the fuel that enables sales and marketing success.Q: Sometimes it’s similar to what you experienced…Rich Von: Yes, that can be common, too. It’s tough to sell something if you aren’t in tune withthe company’s ethics.Q: Especially if a person’s ethics are at odds with his company’s.Rich Von: It’s hard to put aside your own personal beliefs like that. In the end, you have tobelieve in your employer or it’s time to move on.Rich Von has a degree in marine technology, which he has turned into a versatile career. Afterrunning businesses and working in marketing for years, Rich Von co-founded Von Vesting Inc. in2011, a company that flips distressed properties very profitably in Northern California.

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