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Of course no one else can tell you what you should be doing with your life. Only you can decide that. Also, no one single approach is going to suit everyone. Some people don’t mind jumping in with both feet and quitting their day job to pursue their dream, trusting that everything will work out. That is fantastic and I really believe that if you really want something, you absolutely should pursue it. But I myself like to be reasonably sure of financial stability and some chance of success before putting in a lot of time and resources. So here is my slightly risk-adverse take on making major, potentially life-changing decisions….
“What should I do with my life?!”
Remember daydreaming about what you might “be” when you grew up?
I have one amazing friend who, as a child, said she was going to be a scientist (and has written proof of this!), and then proceeded to do exactly that. But we don’t all have such foresight! I myself had a list of any number of things, which would change from week to week depending on how I felt at the time. I have never been able to map out my career years in advance with any certainty, but have taken up opportunities as they arose. I have no regrets about where I am now and the path I have taken to get here. So I guess, the point I am making is that:
I generally set off in the general direction I want to go, and then make more specific decisions and take up various opportunities as they arise.
Say you are interested in science but you are not sure which field. So at university you try papers in botany, biochemistry, biology and psychology. You develop a particular interest in one of these areas, start a project with a professor you admire and thus find your way into that field.
“What If I think I want to do something but am not sure?”
Thinking in terms of these questions usually helps me to clarify if I am really prepared to put in the effort to make something happen.
“ Can I really make this happen?”
There is no fool-proof way to eliminate the risk that your time, efforts and other resources might not pay off, but you could consider the following:
Just for fun, if you are considering pursuing a new path, try this!
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