What motivates us in our career moves? Let’s start with that. Do we allow the base desire for “more money” determine our career path, from a materialistic and worldly mindset? Do we choose our career simply for status, to feel more important? Does a need for approval drive our career choice? Approval from friends, parents, peers, society as a whole?
Sadly, I lived cluelessly, got married, and then started thinking about what to do with my life. I do not suggest that path to anyone, because the obvious end to that game is that you simply snatch onto anything that pays the bills.
How about being driven by a purpose in life? Our career choice should be driven by our passions, not by societal norms and pressures. If we are driven by anything but our passions, we’re living a pointless existence in my estimation. And unless we are driven by our passions, our path will likely meander willy nilly, without any meaning.
Am I striking a cord? We become like a curious toddler, distracted by the latest, shiniest, hippest new thing. I can’t count the number of times, over a span of two decades, that I started-quit-restarted-requit various projects only to be attracted by something newer or shinier. And to a great extent, those two decades were a waste, while my true goals and passions—namely, getting my Master’s degree and writing books—sat in a frustrated purgatory.
Don’t do that.
“I don’t know what I’m supposed to want….Shipping clerk, salesman, business of one kind or another. And it’s a measly manner of existence. To get on that subway on the hot mornings in summer. To devote your whole life to keeping stock, or making phone calls, or selling or buying. To suffer fifty weeks of the year for the sake of a two-week vacation, when all you really desire is to be outdoors, with your shirt off.” ~ Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman