February 3, 2003

What Should I Do With My Life?

Po Bronson: What Should I Do With My Life?

Your calling isn’t something you inherently “know,” some kind of destiny. Far from it. Almost all of the people I interviewed found their calling after great difficulty. They had made mistakes before getting it right. […] Most of us don’t get epiphanies. We only get a whisper — a faint urge. That’s it. That’s the call. It’s up to you to do the work of discovery, to connect it to an answer. Of course, there’s never a single right answer. At some point, it feels right enough that you choose, and the energy formerly spent casting about is now devoted to making your choice fruitful.

The article apparently is based on a book by the same name, one that I might just have to check out. I feel different from a lot of people, though, in that I already do what I enjoy. I’m not expecting to be in the same job for my whole life, though, and as computers evolve my job might one day become obsolete. It’s important to always keep in mind what you enjoy doing, what kind of life you want to lead, and where your priorities are. This article, and book, just gives you a little more inspiration in doing that.

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  1. Emily says:

    I've had a "calling" for 2 things my whole life–writing and computer programming. Since I can't get paid a salary for writing short stories & poems, it's become a hobby. If I'd listened to my inner self years ago and hadn't been such a math wimp, I wouldn't have gotten a marketing degree, I'd have gotten a 4-year programming degree instead of the AAS I have now. Sure, I know technology changes, but it's a pretty good bet that we'll still be using computers 30 years from now.

    Posted February 6, 2003 @ 9:35 pm

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