Do you really know what to do with your future? Or with your life? When we leave school, college, or university, often we have no idea what we really want. We choose a job or career based on what our parents, friends, or career advisors say.
Then, ten years on, we find ourselves in a mediocre situation, with a growing sense of disappointment and dissatisfaction about our work and our place in it. Is it too late to change direction and do something completely new or different? Of course not!
Life is changing rapidly and dramatically because that’s life. New careers, ideas, and opportunities are popping up all the time. Things we would never have thought possible just a few years ago have become household favorites virtually overnight.
Think about these scenarios. Who would have thought it was possible for the biggest taxi company in the world to own no taxis? Or thought that the biggest online retailer doesn’t have a single product of their own to sell? Or a whole new industry could be born simply from fast-food delivery? Exciting and amazing, isn’t it?
If you want to change direction, at any age, the most important thing is to discover is what you really want out of life.
Make a list of each of these important issues and see where they overlap or have commonality. Hidden in there somewhere are the basic elements of a complete change of direction for you.
When you really dig into your lists, it’s possible to create a basic plan of careers, jobs, and opportunities to explore that can lead you to a life of fulfillment and happiness.
If you pursue that path as long as it keeps you happy and fulfilled, you’ll never look back. However, there might well come a day when life changes and/or you change, and it might be time to change direction again. It happens all the time in this rapidly developing world.
Once you’ve gone through your lists and found some careers that will fulfill your passions and interests, you’ll want to consider other aspects of them, too.
Ask yourself these questions:
1. Will it make me enough money? You’ll want to consider how you’ll monetize your interest and what pursuing that aspect will entail for you. Do you want to get a new job in this field? Start your own business?
2. What will others think? This is an age-old question that stops many people from making changes that could change their life for the better, forever. However, keep in mind that all the time that you’re worried about what other people think, say, or do, you’ll never be free.
3. What am I willing to give up in order to create something really incredible? Many times, you’ll find that preparing for a new career encroaches on your current life. If this is the case, weigh the costs of time, money, and effort against your current life to help determine which aspect is more important to you.
4. Will I be good enough to make it work? The very fact that you’re reading this says that you’re searching for change, reassurance about change and that something is pulling you forward towards change.
Your life is entirely under your control and what you do with it is your decision alone. So, get busy, make some decisions and take action, and keep moving forward with your ideas and intentions.
The answers may not come overnight, but as long as you pursue what interests you, fascinates you, and makes you happy, you will find the answers that you seek.
Beware of any criticism of your dreams and ideas from anyone you wouldn’t go to for sound advice. After all, opinions are ten a penny. Everyone has them, but opinions are not going to help or support you.
Therefore, be relentless in your pursuit of happiness and fulfillment. Go at it like your whole life depends on it. Because it does.