Posts tagged career path
Don't Discard; Overlap

I was Face-timing with one of my best friends just the other day and we were wrestling with the idea of choosing a life path. How do we decide which passion to turn into a career? Is it based on the probability of getting rich or finding "success?" Is it based on what you're best at?

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What you're doing matters more than what you're "supposed to do."

People often get bent out of shape and worry over trying to figure out what they're supposed to "do" with their lives. Meanwhile, they're bypassing opportunities out of fear that they might lead them down the wrong path. But who's to say it's the wrong path when you don't know what the right one is? Heck, some people aren't even trying to forge their own paths and can be found sitting on a rock at an intersection where they were left years ago.

Consider this: What you are supposed to "do" with your life matters a lot less than what you are "doing" with your life.

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If you aren't passionate about anything, here's what you need to do.

I've long believed that passion begets mastery. Not the other way around. But as I've come to realize more about how social structures and the human mind work, I'm beginning to wonder if I have been wrong. Yesterday, I was listening to a podcast from Tim Ferriss featuring Kevin Kelly, I heard him explain it this way:

What you really want to do is master something and to use your mastery of something as a way to get to your passion. So if you start with just passion, it's sort of paralyzing because some people aren't lucky enough to know what they're passionate about.

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What if you don't want to be a doctor any more?

Stop living in the past, hung up on the time you spent crafting your life into something you didn't want to be. Revel in the possibilities that lie ahead, now that you know what you want to become.

The biggest adventure you can take is to risk the expected to reach for your dreams.

Doctor... listen to your heart.

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