My Misconception: I can take whatever advice from successful people and apply it then I can be successful.
I am a serial gatherer of advice. I am fond of reading articles like things successful people do on their weekends, or morning rituals of successful people, what successful do that other people don’t. I believe that everyone has a valuable lesson they can share that I can learn. I also readily click on articles such as skills in 2025, top most paid jobs in 2020, hot freelance job. Constantly scanning these articles eventually overwhelmed me. There seems to be too many things that I have too many things to do.
And then it hit me, the articles I am actively scanning is sourced from various individuals. What does this mean? That may be, not all successful people are early risers or coding is not the only hot job in 2020. Therefore, I can be successful without having to be concerned with ticking off all the items in the to do list enumerated by those articles. So what then should I do? How do I pick which one to follow?
My Learning: I do not need to follow every advice. Pick those advice that coincides with my interest, values or goals.
Unfortunately, I did not reflected much in my childhood on what I want to be. I sort of thought that to succeed in life one needs to succeed in school. Worse, I have this notion that work is just a means of livelihood and as long as I was good in school I will do just fine. Super wrong. As Steve Jobs said “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” So here I am suffering with my job.
As early as possible, discover your interest. What fascinates you most? Do not mind of what will be the hot job in 2025 or 2030. Why? The list may be wrong. It is basically a prediction of what will happen in the future and not all forecast happens. Second, you will not excel in something that you feel lukewarm about.
And if you somehow you find that you are interested in two or more unrelated fields, go for it. Innovators who build a smashing product or service mostly have several backgrounds or field of study. Think Elon Musk. He studied physics and economics at the University of Pennsylvania. Elon is described by Wikipedia as a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, investor, engineer, and inventor.
My Plan of Action: Enroll in a Personal Financial Planning Class
I have always been interested in how to properly manage my personal finances. I have read books on how to invest but I have not really thought of making it as a career. I have an accounting degree and usually the expectation is to work for a corporation, which what I am currently doing. Do I really want to be personal financial planner? Honestly, I don’t know. But I’ll never know unless I try.
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