Last week I spoke at a conference in Florida and while I was there I met an interesting guy. We sat down for 30 minutes or so and explored his strengths and talents so that he could use this information to decide on a career path.
As we talked, it was obvious that he was crystal clear about his strengths. He was exceptional at things like “arranging materials to produce a product that benefits people.” He had used this strength for years doing mock-ups of houses just for fun. He had shadowed a construction manager for a summer and loved the experience.
All signs pointed to him finding satisfaction in architecture or construction management.
So why did he need my help?
I asked him this in not so many words. I think my exact question was “so why don’t you do it?” His answer: “I’m afraid to make the wrong decision. What if I choose it, invest in it, get down the road and decide it’s not for me.”
First, this is a totally understandable way to think. I’ve thought the same many times. But I’ve also learned through my own experience two important principles:
1. There is no “right” career. The truth is that you can work in any number of careers, industries, and organizations AS LONG AS they align with your talents, values, and ideal working environment. There isn’t a right or wrong, but there is definitely and worst, better, and best and the easiest way to narrow these down is through self-exploration. Start with what you do know — you.
2. You can always reset. You will never get too far to turn back. It may not be easy, and certain choices might make it even more difficult by incurring loads of debt or other obligations, but you can always reset.
That’s why I exist — to help people reset.
Learn who you are and trust that your inner voice will speak up if you head down a path that isn’t aligned. Inspiration comes when action is taken, so take action, pick a path, and go with it. You can only research and explore for so long before it’s time to take a step into the unknown.
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