No matter what creative project or skills you wish to master the most important one in your life will be your career.
A career is not your job. A job is a place you go to earn money. A career is a vocation that you choose because it is something you want to do; something you love to do; it is something you have the talents and ability to do.
So many people waste their lives doing things that they don't like. One that only provides money but there is no outlet for their talent, creativity or happiness.
Your career is a large part of your life. Choose one that draws out the best in benefits like satisfaction, earnings, environment, achievement, prestige and suited to your individual nature.
Look once again at the goal you have chosen and written down on your 3x5 card. If you have no goal, you drift. Too many goals and you scatter your energies. A goal beyond your reach will frustrate you. one below you will lead to boredom. One with too long a range will get you no where. One with too short a range will get you no where.
Emerson said, "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."
How do you find what is the best vocation for you? Do anything that might help you find yourself. How much time and money have you already spent on things not half as likely to bring you such rich reward as finding yourself? You can change careers at any time. You can start school at 40 or 60. You can find out what is natural for you at any age. Go after it.
Aim at something within reach. Be an optimist but not an idiot. Aim at the reachable. To try something and fail is better for you than trying nothing and succeeding.
There are clues to your future in your past. there is no gold mine as rich as your own past experiences. All your talents, wishes and interests are hidden there. Study them. Dig them out. Remember Acres of Diamonds? Your diamond is probably closer than you think.
Ask yourself of any career that interests you. Does it serve a useful purpose? Am I proud of it? Is it constructive of human welfare? Do I admire people in this career with self respect and satisfaction. If not, drop it.
Some people's talents are so obvious we call them born actors, salesmen, artists etc. They have no problem, but the rest of us have to dig it out.
Knowledge is power. It is doubly true when that knowledge is about ourselves. Get to know yourself, start writing. List your desires, abilities, possibilities, limitations, skills, experiences and possible alternatives. So many apparently "impossible" problems were solved in writing.
Define clearly what you want. If you had your choice of any job, what would it be? Buy yourself a dozen packs of 3 x 5 cards and a large notebook. From now on think and write. Ideas come with writing .
You'll never know what great possibilities are hidden inside of you without a thorough search in writing. Explore it fully. Think, compare, combine, associate relate, adapt.
Write down on a piece of paper the words, "How can I find my right career? or Goal in life? what first steps can I take?" Then listen. Writing this down acts like magic. It starts the flow of ideas. Once you find yourself, most of your other problems solve themselves.
Here is a paraphrase of Kipling's last thought in his poem, "IF"
"If you can stick, and give up through boredom, but keep trying, to the very end, yours is the world, and everything that's in it, and what is more, you'll succeed my friend."
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