When I was a senior in High school, my dad ask me to write an essay on different careers that I would be interested in pursuing, all from the highest paying jobs in America. I wrote the essay, but I was reluctant and saying things like, “I know what I want to do, why does this matter?” I had the mentality of this is a writing assignment and wanted to complete it to please my father.
I had made a decision to major in mechanical engineering in college at that time, but I had never even spoken to a mechanical engineer before in my life.
I was going into a profession without even speaking to someone that had been there.
Looking back this seems like a nightmare.
“Would you reinvest in yourself when you first began to get where you are now? If not, cut the cord now”
I realize the importance of my father’s essay, now. The wisdom that came from my father on that subject was breathtaking when I realized what a huge favor he had done for me. He wanted me to make a conscious decision about how I would be spending my next couple of years in college. He also wanted me to make that decision in relation to what I wanted as a career, the only issue was, that I didn’t know that college is a rocket ship for my career. I also completely took college for granted.
What I Wish I had done?
There’s a lot of people telling you to get a job doing what you love, and a lot of people saying make sure you get a job that pays well. So you go to college for this purpose, to make a lot of money and do what you love. This is what I did or at least I thought I did.
The problem was, I didn’t take the time to figure out what it is that I would love to do. I went into a major because I thought that money would be part of my happiness, and that I would semi-like what I would be doing. I realized that I would semi like what I would be doing halfway through my college career. So, as you can imagine, as I started my job and I was not as happy as I thought I would be when I was in high school making the decision about what my next 4 or 5 years would be like.
I wish, so much, that I had gone around and “Taste Tested” a bunch of different careers, so I could have a made a conscious decision about what reality would look like in 5 to 10 years.
There are many ways that people can tell you to go about getting the job you want, but I want to offer a different perspective. I want to ask you a couple of questions that would allow you to think about what it is you may want to do with your life.
- What are some activities you enjoy doing?
- Legos, Sports (Golf, Baseball, Tennis, Water Sports) Talking and communicating about important and interesting ideas
- What are some activities that you are good at?
- Lego, Sports, and talking about points that really matter to me. Listening, Understanding.
- What is useful (What is a way you can give back to the world.)
- Speak on important topics, Learn about new ideas that have solid functional meaning in terms of me being able to understand and implement. Building something. Competing in something(Terry Crews says to watch out for this because it stumps creativity, which I agree. Gary Vaynerchuk says to be as competitive as possible and try to be the best because thats what drives him to be the best he can be, which I agree with as well)
Ben Shapiro, Sebastian Junger, Joe Rogan, Tim Ferriss, and many others all agree that these 3 things are what can bring together a person to be fulfilled in life.
Do whatever it takes to figure out what you love to do in this life and execute on it.
Thank you all, and I hope these questions reach you well.
Also, Tom Bilyeu says something along the lines of, Would you reinvest the same at the start of your journey? If not the quit now, becuase in 40 years you will have wish you would.
I hope you dont make the same mistakes I did.
I looked for diagrams that could explain the Question model, but didn’t find any LOL.
With love, Drew