I now have a son in college and thankfully he is asking the question, “What am I going to do with my life?” I told him better now than later, but not to worry too much about the specifics, but instead focus on learning who you are, then the specifics will become clearer.
In high school, I was counseled to become an engineer or architect, because these were respectable fields with jobs that provide good income and security, and like a lemming, dove into math and science classes my first year of college. I hated every minute of it because it had less to do with ability and more to do with lack of interest. I could not see myself designing bridges or heating systems. As soon as discovered this, I walked down to the administration office and changed my major from Architectural Engineering to Exercise Science. A burden was lifted and the remaining four years of college had a sense of direction.
So how did I get from Exercise Science to Executive Chef? Good question.
It took forty years of learning who I am before I had the thought and courage to move that direction.
Knowing what you want to do is not as important as knowing what it is you actually and naturally do. Professions change, personality and character do not.
I like to create. What I make has changed over the years from a garden to music to food.
I like to take care of people. I’ve done that through counseling, teaching and now job creating.
I enjoy the process of idea to finished product. My first job out of college allowed me to conceive the idea of a mid-winter 5K road race that turned into an annual affair. My current job provided the chance to turn a mental concept for a restaurant into an actual place that you can eat and enjoy.
What I do changes. Who I am does not.