You’re interviewing for a job, and the interviewer asks you where you see yourself in five years, but you don’t have a real answer.
You stare at him or her and actually wonder if you will be working at this company five years from now.
It might be portrayed as being easy to choose a career, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. Chances are if you’re reading this it’s probably because you find yourself doubting your career decisions or are spending many sleepless nights pondering where you will find yourself in five years.
I’m writing this because it took me 30 years to find out what I want to do with my life. My hope is that I can help anybody struggling with this to find their way sooner rather than later.
We all know the career fields that make money. Since we are children, we are driven toward them, and nobody is ever told that the simplest job is capable of being more than a job. I think there are two factors to an unsatisfied career choice.
1. The money.
2. You can’t decide on your passion.
I think the one people struggle with the most is when you’ve decided that you are not going to work for the money but for yourself, and you can’t seem to figure out what that thing is.
Chances are you have a lot of different skills or passions. This is normal as we are not one dimensional. So how do you know what you want to do? You don’t. I’m sorry if you thought I’d give you the answer to your own problems but I don’t know how to help you outside of telling you that not knowing what you want to do is not a problem.
There are some of us who get lucky and have a broad range of passions or skills that can be focused; then there are those that don’t. If you want to be financially responsible, you might have to find a few of these passions and stick with them, but it’s possible to live freely on the whims of your desires.
I’m 30-years-old, and I’ve recently learned again that just because I’m good at something doesn’t mean I have to pursue a career in that field. The same applies to everybody, don’t mistake talent with desire.
I love writing, and I have many issues important to me that I want to write about. I always put my writing in the backseat of all the priorities such as bills and expenses that I have. I haven’t written in a few months, and it’s not okay with what I want.
It wasn’t until the topic of Warren Buffet came up in my office the other day that I realized how unhappy I am currently working here. I remembered something I read about him in terms of how he prioritized his life. He said to make a list of the 25 most important things you want to do in your life, do the top five and discard the rest; it allows you more time to do the ones most important to you.
I’m not a fan of anecdotal lessons although I’m aware that this entire blog is anecdotal, but in all reality, life is an anecdotal experience from many different perspectives. The best lesson you could learn is that it’s not about wasting time but rather list as if there is no time to waste.
If it takes you 30 or 40 years to find out what you are really passionate about, don’t fret, at least you found it and now you can dedicate the rest of your life towards that endeavor.