I did it four times in my career. Banker. Corporate finance officer. Electronic payments expert. LinkedIn maven.

Have you considered making a career change as radical as leaving one industry for another? Chucking all the creature comforts and the earned seniority in search of happiness?

It’s all so common today, in the Great Reshuffle, as the working population reassesses its appetite to commute, get cooped up in an office, commute again, working for what is unfavorably referred to as “the man” or “the suits” even though the boss may no longer be male or formally dressed.

Working from home became the new standard. The pressure eased, the hours wasted in business travel and commutation reclaimed as “me” time, family surrounds us.

“Take this job and shove it” says the worker as they embark on a course over shaky, coarse, uneven pavement, through extreme tests of mettle, or on a gutsy rollercoaster ride, fraught with extreme highs and lows.

Yet they do it. They dream.

Reality check:

Did they think it out fully? Do they know why they want to make such an extreme adjustment in pay, lifestyle, and benefits?

Did they explain “why them” well on LinkedIn? Probably not.

So I say:

Your past experience makes your present skill set, your present hints at your future as a candidate. If you don’t tell all three in a concise career narrative on your LinkedIn profile and remain visible as a thought-leader in your LinkedIn comments, the tiptoeing you had hoped for will be will be so ankle-turning as to make you struggle to be stand and be recognizable as that ideal viable candidate for whatever you seek.

Before you jump, plan the trip, outline, write, rewrite, and tweak. Get help.

Then tell us your story when you embark on an odyssey so central to whom you are and what you hope for, with “why” as your guiding light.