The Best Change I Ever Made

23 Apr 2012

Starting afresh can be frightening. But here, readers and renowned figures reveal why sometimes, you just have to go for it

After many years of working for other people and not feeling that I was being true to myself, I gave up my job and re-trained in London as an image consultant. I now advise women in Muscat on colour and style and I just love what I do! Helen Ingram, 45, Image Consultant

Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materialises. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Mary Manin Morrissey

Remembering you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. Steve Jobs

I have learned to love myself recently. I had to leave my daughter back home in the Philippines to get back on my feet after a major downfall. Now, I’m a better person and most importantly, I am definitely wiser. Leslie D Sumallo, 33, Admin Staff

You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt

My best change was leaving my job and flying solo, which gave me the chance to work on my very own video blog. Shamim Kassibawi, 25, PR Consultant

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain

Learning to surf was the best change I ever made. I decided to try something new and taking up surfing made me less scared of the sea, opened my mind to new possibilities and got me fit. Plus it led me into my current profession. Jennifer Bingham, 29, Outdoor Activity Instructor

I really hated my job in London and decided to take a chance and quit, even though I didn’t have a new job. Within a few days of handing in my resignation I got a job offer in Shanghai to work on a really cool magazine, and ended up spending two of the most fun years of my life in China. Hao Le Ma, 28 Writer

If anyone asked me what the best change they could make is – I would tell them to never, ever give up. Sian Tuno, 22, Personal Trainer

The best change I have ever made in my life is enhancing my personality by incorporating a lot of useful tips from VIVA magazine! Blossom Succourine Pereira, 36, Researcher