Only recently, have I realised what I want to do with my life.
You may be wondering what the hell I have been doing for the other 28 years!?
The truth is, I have lurched from one place and one job to the next. None the wiser about what I wanted to do long-term.
In a way, I am glad I did this. It may gave me time and perspective to come to my own conclusions about where my life was heading.
Without taking this path, I may not have got to where I am today.
The Power of I Don’t Know
For the majority of my life, I had no idea what I wanted to do.
Throughout school, university, and even while I was travelling, I still had no idea about the path I would like to take.
To emphasise this, the following are a few career paths I either took, or considered.
Electrician, Teacher, Librarian, Construction Worker, Joiner, Shop assistant and Surveyor.
As you can see, apart from the overriding construction theme, which is a result of my Father being a builder, these are a diverse set of jobs.
Writing them out has hammered home to me how unclear I was about my working life.
Whenever I realised I wouldn’t like to do a certain job full-time, I was stuck with no answer.
If someone asked me what I wanted to do for a career, I would just say “I don’t know.”
The person asking the question would often look at me, puzzled. As if I should have life figured out when I haven’t even figured myself out yet.
Society puts a lot of pressure on us to know what we want to do. We are expected to go to university, graduate, and instantly know what path we want to go down.
This may be the case for some, but it’s certainly not the case for a lot of people.
Saying I don’t know to this question is perfectly fine. There’s nothing wrong with admitting you have no idea where you want to go in life.
In fact, it’s empowering. By saying these words, you’re giving yourself permission to look deep within, and discover what you’re truly passionate about, and try to make a career out of it.
We may be hesitant to say these words, but doing so, can set us free!
Take Your Time
Time is precious, but there’s no point rushing into decisions if you’re unsure about what you want to do.
The worst thing you can do is take a job you don’t like, and stick with it regardless.
Don’t get sucked into falling into a false sense of security over your happiness. You’ll wind up feeling miserable, and two to three years later, you’ll still be wondering why you’re doing this job!
By all means, get a job, but have in your mind that it’s just a stepping stone until you figure out what road you want to go down.
We may be told we should have our lives figured out by our mid-twenties, but it’s simply not true.
Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart, didn’t open his first store until he was 44!
The founder of Dyson, James Dyson, didn’t set up his company until he was 46!
What these examples illustrate is that it’s never too late to start over, or adapt your career.
The idea that you should have your live figured out at any point is completely arbitrary.
There is no one uniform route. Everyone lives life in their own way. There is no right and wrong way.
The key is to find out what you want to do, and then run with it. Whether it takes 5 years or 20 years, is irrelevant.
As long as you run with the idea once you get it, that’s all that matters!