While career changes are common these days, few people have made as big of a jump as Ina Garten of Food Network's "Barefoot Contessa," who used to work in the White House Office of Management and Budget.
The secret to making a successful career change as she did, Garten tells CNBC, is to not hold back or hesitate too long — just do it.
"I think that people stand on the side of the pond trying to figure out what the pond's going to be like, and you've just got to jump in and just be brave and make a change," Garten said at Eat (RED) Food & Film Fest. The event was hosted by fellow chef Mario Batali as part of Eat (RED) Save Lives, an annual month-long campaign that raises money for the Global Fund, with 100 percent of proceeds going to fight AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.
Before she became a television host and best-selling cookbook author, Garten started in an entry-level position and worked her way up to become the budget analyst in charge of nuclear energy under President Jimmy Carter.
But Garten, frustrated by its slow pace, grew tired of government work, The New York Times reports. Where she really thrived was in the kitchen. Garten took pride in her weekly dinner parties and Sunday brunches, which came about as she worked her way through Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking."