What do you want to be when you grow up? What’s the career for you? A career is something that is often thought to be for life. Looking at the world around us, however, I can determine that career change isn’t that difficult anymore. There is so much information available and if you’re a quick learner you can do pretty much anything. For some this is a blessing and for others a frustration.
What to become if there are so many options? What is the right career path for you?
Study Hacks wrote an article on career building (http://calnewport.com/blog/2011/08/11/the-career-craftsman-manifesto/). It is a manifesto of a career craftsman. A great article – you should go read it now. It really is a prerequisite. Because I’m about to disagree with it.
According to the article there is no such thing as becoming happy by following your passion. It is a childish thing to say. This, and only this, is where I totally disagree with the article. That makes it a bit contradictory.
Being happy anywhere, including work, is about enjoying what you do. It’s about enthusiasm. And to find the things you enjoy the most, self exploration is needed. You might enjoy a lot of things. You probably can’t even do all those things you enjoy so you are forced to choose. Which ones are the ones that are the most valuable and provide you with the most enjoyment?
The source of enjoyment will change over time. This is why it is so important to revisit your head from time to time. I tend to do this every three months and change my dream map according to that. Life is way too short to spend by doing half ass stuff.
Remember that you only live in the present. Go for that career but every now and then stop and ask yourself: “is this really what I want to do or is this something the society/friends/family want me to do?”
Paul Rauno Merisalu April 30th, 2012