Check out any interview with any person you consider successful — be it a start-up founder or a CEO of a Fortune 500. They all say variants of the same message: do what you love and you’ll be successful.
Great advice but the problem plaguing me, and perhaps some of my Gen-Y peers, is that we don’t know what the hell we want to do.
Of course, some may ask do you really need to like something to do it well? My answer is no. All it takes is a little bit of initiative and some benchmark analysis a la Google to do something well.
But ‘well’ is not good enough for me. All ‘well’ is doing is pushing the innovation bar a little bit higher — it’ll never bring about great change (by the way, when I say change, I always mean for the better).
To effect great change, you need to push past your 100% and do whatever it takes to make it happen. And the first pre-requisite is to truly care about your cause.
So it’s become incredibly frustrating to not know what I want to do with my career. I can’t help thinking that I’m being left behind in the race of becoming successful. While others are investing all their resources – emotional, financial and time – into something they really believe in, I’m here wasting much of my youth and abilities into seeking what I should be believing in.
But all’s not lost. I have a better inkling of what I want to do now that I’m two years into my first real job.
I love people. I love change. I am learning how to manage people and change — it’s challenging but I’m enjoying every part of it. These passions are still too broad to narrow down into a career path but at least I have a starting point now. And the great thing is that both people and change management can be learned and applied to any role in any field until I am ready to dedicate my life to something(s).
What do you think? Do you have a passion or cause you work would dedicate your life to? If you know me personally, what can you see me do?