You know that thing you’ve always thought you’d be good at? You know, that thing tucked right at the back of your mind, and never fully faced, because you never truly believed that you could do it. Well, isn’t it about time that you dusted off the cobwebs and brought it to light?
Perhaps you recognise yourself as being a realist, aka, someone that dislikes frittering away their energy on childish fantasies and ideas and prefers taking more of a practical route. A route that guarantees security. In many ways I see myself as one of these people. Though it doesn’t necessarily reflect who I am. I would say it has been more of a reflection of what I believe. That if I’m going to be successful, then I’m going to have to take the conventional route, the route that society as a mass guides me to take. I went to University and studied a subject that I have always loved, English Literature, though who is to say that I couldn’t have become just as educated in this subject from independent learning?
There’s no doubt that, with the many deadlines and challenging assessment criteria, my written communication skills have been enhanced significantly, though, weren’t my written skills already competent enough, having achieved an A grade in A level English Literature? Although I’m a big advocate for education, I cannot say that I can completely justify a system that demands you spend 40k on a course, just to get your foot on the ladder. The way my 18 year-old self saw it, was that if I was going to study anything at University, it had to be something my heart was in.
If it wasn’t a labour of love, then it wasn’t worth it.
So, my degree was just that, a labour of love, and I have no regrets whatsoever. However, if there’s one thing that I could change, was the steps I took straight out of University. Still running on adrenalin from the rush of third year, I launched myself into the first role I was offered.
Effective decision-making is integral throughout your career. Whether this is in accepting a new position, coming up with a business idea or making an investment, you need to be clued-up before taking the leap.
Oh the 9-5.
There’s nothing wrong with it. But find yourself a workplace that will respect and care for your well-being, and that’s not solely concerned with squeezing you like a lemon. You want to be challenged, but not to the point where it drains you of all your energy which you could be spending on other things, including your hobbies and personal ambitions.
Pursuing a role that aligns with your passions involves finding a role wherein you can exercise your skills, but not to the point that it makes you feel inhibited to pursue the big passions in your life.
Trust your gut.
If the position you’re in is draining you of your emotional and spiritual strength, look for another. Your health (and your time), is your wealth, and if you’re not spending it on something that is supporting it, nor bringing meaning into your life, then it isn’t worth it.