Why You Should Say “Yes” to a Relocation Offer (Regardless of the Location)

Over the last decade, the information age has drastically changed how we work. With 24/7 connectivity, it can seem a little silly to relocate for a job that you think could easily be done remotely. But as times are changing how we work, companies are also changing how they relocate. It’s no longer the middle management getting offers to move, but rather the young professionals they are turning to. So if you get a relocation offer for a new job, why should you do it in the first place?

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In the course of my short career, I’ve relocated three times. And in each circumstance, it was because I either got a promotion or accepted a new job.

Yet, despite making forward progress in my career, none of the locations I relocated to were at the top of my list.

In fact, two of them were at the very bottom.

Regardless, I still said yes, jumping into every opportunity that came my way.

And it was all because of the first business book I ever read called Losing My Virginity by none other than the billionaire tycoon, Sir Richard Branson.

In this book, he says that,

“If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you’re not sure you can do it, say ‘yes’ – then learn how to do it later.”

I took his advice to heart and am so grateful that I did. This mantra of saying “yes” has lead to some incredible things in my career and personal life.

Just don’t follow Jim Carrey’s advice and say “yes” to everything, because things might get a bit weird.

Jim Carrey in Yes Man

Now, I understand that it’s not always easy to say “yes” to every opportunity, especially when that opportunity has you packing up and leaving everything you know behind.

In fact, in the first 10 years of your career, you will make some of the most monumental decisions in your life, like: where you work, who you choose to spend the rest of your life with, and where you decide to call home.

The last wrench you want to throw into that mix is having to reinvent yourself over and over again in a new city.

It’s a vital time in your life with a lot riding on the choices you make.

But still, too many young professionals get bogged down with all of these choices and choose to leave opportunity on the table and walk away from a relocation offer, simply because they don’t want to move.

Personally, I think that’s the wrong move.

I have had nothing but incredible things come from relocating (even if they didn’t seem incredible at the time), and so have many other young professionals.

Whether you have a chance to relocate now, or later on down the road, here are the top 3 reasons why I believe you should relocate, no matter the location:

1. Relocation will make you less risk intolerant

There’s no doubt that relocating can come with a lot of uncertainties:

…What if I don’t make friends?

…What if I don’t do well at my job?

…What if it’s not worth it?

All of these are valid concerns and honestly, the same concerns I had every time I relocated for a new position.

It would be naive of me, however, to tell you that relocating doesn’t come without risks, because it does. There are a lot of things to think through, especially if you have a family.

Yet I’m still a firm believer that relocation is one of the best things you can do to help create forward progression in your career because it helps you decrease your tolerance for risk.

What I mean by that is that risk intolerance is one of the biggest factors for people staying in the same job even if they are unhappy.

People simply don’t want to take risks, so their career plateaus. But if you want your career to progress, you need to take risks — and that can actually be a good thing!

In a 2015 article by Tara Schiller, she provides a great outline for 5 reasons you need to take risk:

  1. Risk gets you noticed.
  2. Risk creates change.
  3. Risk makes you feel alive.
  4. Risk creates a higher standard.
  5. Rick teaches you more about yourself.

Relocating shows that you are willing to take risks and be bold with your career moves, not only for others, but for yourself.

By taking these risks now, you’ll build up your risk tolerance and maybe eventually will be ready to venture out on your own and start that business you’ve always wanted or go for that ridiculous promotion you’re unqualified for.

The truth is that great careers go to the bold, not to the complacent. You must be willing to step out and take a chance on yourself.

As Virginia Elizabeth “Geena” Davis once said,

“If you risk nothing, then you risk everything.”

Risk Everything Quote

2. You will 10x your growth

One of the most important factors to finding happiness at work is your own personal growth and development. And one of the most important factors that can make the difference between you growing or slowly decaying is the environment around you.

You will always perform at their best when the environment is conducive to growth.

Unfortunately, many people stay in their same environment hoping something will change.

This could be why the majority of employees are disconnected and unmotivated today. Even if you are in a good environment, a relocation could be just the thing you need to spark your growth (thus sparking your happiness).

Think about it…

…you’re in a new city, new work environment, meeting new people (hopefully leading to new friendships), eating different foods, and so much more.

Everything is uncomfortable.

But that’s exactly where you want to be.

Because uncomfortableness (new word, Webster?) leads to rapid growth.

And not just professionally, this can even mean financial and personal growth as well.

Relocating pushes us outside of our comfort zone. And it’s in that space where we surprisingly find that we are the most happy.

Thomas Oppong, founder of All Top Startups, wrote an excellent article about the importance of getting outside of your comfort zone. In it he says:

“Whatever profession you find yourself, there are somethings you just can’t think about changing, but if you expect a different and even better results, it’s about time you did something different.”

3. Your career has more doors to go through

When you are willing to relocate, you give yourself more opportunities for work advancements. When I relocated for the first time for a job promotion, I moved to the two most opposite places in the country: Las Vegas, NV to Beaumont, TX.

One: a booming city with a reputable nightlife.

The other: a small country town with two main bars.

At this new job, I was managing a guy with 30+ years of experience under his belt…doing the exact same job he’s had since graduating college.

It wasn’t because he wasn’t talented (this was one of the most talented sales guys I’d ever met). He never got promoted because he wasn’t willing to relocate.

And that’s where a lot of careers go to die.

Like it or not, companies want people who are willing to relocate.

And once you say “no”, the chances that you’ll get another opportunity rapidly diminish.

On top of that, the longer you wait in life to relocate, the more factors you’ll have to navigate through (i.e. kids, marriage, etc.).

That’s why relocating, no matter the location, is such an important factor in your career.

It gives you opportunities that aren’t available when you stay in the same place – unless, of course, you live in Palo Alto where anyone with a heart beat can land a Shark Tank appearance (okay not really, but you get the picture).

Weigh Your Decisions

With more relocation offers coming to young professionals these days, it’s crucial that you weigh all the options before making a decision.

Despite my passion towards relocation, everyone is in a different situation with different circumstances. That’s why I developed the Career Decision Matrix tool inside of the Success Toolkit, to help maximize your decision when you have an opportunity in front of you.

It helped me make a massive career transition (the first time I ever turned in a two weeks notice), and can help you with yours.

At the end of the day, relocating is a very personal decision, but one that you don’t have to make on your own. That’s why I want to hear your stories.

What I’ve learned in my career coaching experience is that the more positive (and sometimes negative) experiences we hear and share, the better everyone is from it. So…

Have you relocated for work? What has your experience been?

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