I recently sat by two women on a flight back to Minnesota. Usually I am hoping that I will have peace and quiet so I can get some work done. This trip, however, I struck up a conversation that lasted the entire flight, and I was inspired and motivated by the discussion. The ladies were two generations apart, yet the three of us were able to talk for over two hours about doing work that you love. In this post, I will share just one of the stories and save the other for later.
The first woman was a college graduate with great prospects. She was returning from an extended stay in Paris where she worked for a family member in their business. She was excited about our discussion and had many questions. She was at a time in her life when she needed to make some decision about her career and her future. Should she get more education, or try to find work? Would it be possible for her to do work that she loved, or should she just take any job she could find?
Here are some things that you can learn from this young lady:
· She had no debt! Her family was able to pay for her education. In addition she insisted on not using credit cards or adding consumer debt. Having zero debt is an incredible thing when you are done with college. To have a college degree without long term debt sets you apart from the majority of college students. Today, college graduates are starting their career by being in the hole financially. Debt freedom provides you with options. When you are limited by debt you make decisions based on repayment obligations, not based on what is best for your career. This young lady is in a better place than even most adults because she is debt free and determined to stay that way. Check out these posts for some ideas on how to save money in college.
· She was clear about her interests and passions. While she didn’t have a polished “elevator speech” it became obvious what her interests were. She was excited and passionate about nutrition and healthy living. It was clear that she was very knowledgeable and her degree supported her chosen career path. It is a great combination when you have education, passion, skills and experience all aligned toward the same purpose.
· She had taken action in her area of interest. It is so important to get experience doing what you think you want to do. How else will you get clarification? Action builds confidence. It shows you what you really can do, and it opens up the possibility for feedback. She had taken action in her personal life with her own goals for healthy living, but she also had earned some experience working in the nutrition department of a local pharmacy. Experience is powerful. How are you gaining experience today? Have you taken action in your area of interest?
At the beginning of our conversation this young lady seemed a little uncertain about her future. As the plane arrived at our destination she seemed more confident in her situation. While she hadn’t yet found work in her field she realized how much she had that was positive. Sometimes our uncertainty clouds the positive decisions we have made. We often have more going for us than we realize.
Do you have uncertainty about your career path? Are you headed in the direction you want to go? If not, I encourage you to create a plan and start moving in a better direction! Let me know if I can encourage you along the way!
(photo by gadgetdude via flickr.com)