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How do You Know What is Right For You
Going to college, and trying to figure out what to study so that the career you choose is one that you will be happy doing is not the easiest decision to make for many people. So many times students study for a year or two and then decide that perhaps what they are studying is not something that they are going to be happy doing for the rest of their lives. How does a person know what career choice is going to be one that is going to make them happy, and make the money that they are going to need to do the things they want to do with their lives.
So many times students change their minds midstream unsure of what they are doing. My youngest son, began studies to become a psychologist. He was sure that this would not only be fulfilling but would make the money he needed to get married and buy a house. After the first year he came to the realization that it would not be the career for him, for he decided that he did not like listening to other peoples problems. Besides that, he also came to the conclusion that he would not be happy working indoors all the time. When he told me this, I had to chuckle for he could not have picked a worse vocation considering all this. As it turned out, one of his elective classes was photography, and he was like a fish in water taking pictures, and the activity it involved. He became a photojournalist and lived happily ever after.
My other son came to me soon thereafter asking me how does one know for sure what you will be satisfied doing for many years to come. The only advice I knew to give him was this......and I asked him--what is the one thing in this world that you love to do more than anything else? What would you pick to do on a Saturday afternoon if you had your pick, and the money involved didn't matter? He thought about it for a while, and came to the conclusion that he would probably be happiest sitting in front of his computer researching some topic, or learning how to fix some electronic gadget he had broken, or just teaching himself maybe how to fix the computer itself.
There it was, and it was as easy as that. He had already taught himself how the inside of his computer came apart and went back together, and what all the parts were and how they functioned. It was as though it had been in front of his face the whole time, and with a smile he thanked me. He signed up at ITT Institute, and within two and a half years had completed two four year degrees, one in electronic engineering, and the other in technical communications. He graduated, and within two months found himself a job in a company that did government contracts. Within another two months of working there, the company gave him his own department tinkering with devices and gadgets that made wireless machines and components that sent and received sound on microwaves. He never thought that he would start out his career in charge of his own department, but the subject was one that fascinated him so much that it was not even like working.
This is the clue to the problem. You must decide what you like, or rather love to do and then decide how to make money doing it. There is not one thing that one way or another you cannot make money doing. Even if you love surfing, for example, you might choose to make surfboards, sell surfboards, give surfing lessons, invent a different substance to make them out of, and the list goes on and on.
So, it is as simple as that. Decide what it is that you love to do. From there, simply figure out how to make money doing it and then educate yourself in that line of thinking. Using this method, and using your mind and imagination you cannot miss doing this. Even if you freelance or become an entrepreneur, you will be able to come up with at least one thing that you are interested enough to do for the remainder of your life. Give it a try.