By: Kian Hagerman
Too often I hear people speak of feeling lost, unsure of the direction they wish to take or the steps they must take to achieve their goals.
Having something realistic in mind can certainly help, but taking the time to do the research and learn what it takes to make a dream reality can go a long way as well.
Knowledge is power, and the more you know about where you are headed the more likely you are to get there.
Look to those who have already succeeded in your chosen field or profession, model yourself on their approach to their career and you will be that much closer to emulating their success as well.
One way to think of this is as philosopher John Locke said; “as people are walking all the time, in the same spot, a path appears.”
Figuring out what you want out of life is the first step on this path, as it will be nigh impossible to proceed without deciding first what interests you.
It may not be as difficult as you might think; if someone has made money doing it, there is probably a course that can be discerned, that will guide you to doing the same.
Don’t just read up on that which is related to what interests you either, as people working in the field can be an even more valuable source of information than what has been published on the subject.
I have learned more about the work I hope to do upon graduating from asking questions, rather than passively receiving the information provided in the course of my studies.
Keep your ears open and learn what you can, as others may have important questions of their own that may prove extremely relevant to you as well.
Once adequately informed, it is far easier to decide what approach best serves you, and then set goals which will culminate in the desired result; a career that suits you and your interests, something that you can take pride in and feel fulfillment from doing.
Getting into this mindset can be a struggle, as many live day-to-day, in the moment rather than looking ahead to what might come next.
It can be of great value to take the time to do so though, and the gains are potentially limitless.
Life, while full of myriad and varied choice, is essentially linear in execution.