In a lecture series on employment I listened to at UCSB, I believe I experienced the majority of the positive takeaways from the first speaker. One of his slides said “What you want is the most important part of searching for a job.” Although I thought at the time as if that is not true in all situations, if the statement is taken in a more theoretical application, it does make sense in all situations. Even though he was on the side of leaning towards passion over profit, both matter in the grand scheme.
For instance, I am currently looking at a variety of opportunities, some of which are more objectively applicable to what I want in my career path than others. However, even as I write the word “objectively,” I cringe, because I cannot truly predict the future. Theoretically, my interests could change tomorrow. I do know that I need to keep my options open as someone who is new to labor participation stat. I know that variety is necessary because I may or may not receive an offer from the exact place that I want at the exact time that is convenient for me. As tough a pill as that is to swallow, I also realize that by varying my experience, I can be even more of an asset to certain types of companies.
Thus, I am looking at nonconventional paths as well as conventional relative to what I originally wanted to do when I started to think about my future career. To do so is to follow a theoretical application for searching for the job I am interested in.
Finding any job is always an uphill battle to relative extents, but over the time period this course has taken, I have realized that some, including myself, are not only dealing with companies, recruiters, interviews, but with themselves, their ego, and their own ability to procure their desired future and find a company with which they can relate it to.
I have found that “half the battle,” so to speak, is finding out what I really desire to create with my life and present/expected toolkit. While I have lofty goals, I have to realize again and again that, as Kai Greene, a professional athlete, promotes, “Thoughts become Things,” and there are steps to get to every goal that can possibly be accomplished. Without creating those steps and doing the research required to find out how my thoughts can become things, my lofty goals stay lofty goals.
The speaker had another interesting idea. This “internal GPS” idea is the idea that everyone has a GPS inside of him or her that naturally guides them to their desired pursuit in life, somewhat similar to Adam Smith’s economic application of the Invisible Hand. This GPS idea is very relevant to searching for the path that any person should take. However, some GPS’s have stronger signals than others, and the strength of the signal in general depends upon the person’s dedication to the search, the time period of life in which they are deciding, personal and professional experience, among a number of other things. While my GPS has been historically strong, I find that as I realize more attractive and unique routes, the signal that my GPS is giving is slightly beginning to waver.
I believe that one point that should have been made in his discussion was that it is OK for an internal GPS to waver. Not knowing what you want to do, in Gary Vaynerchuck’s opinion, is, to paraphrase, “f***ing awesome.” It provides you with an unlimited array of options with which to focus on over time, and allows your “internal GPS” to do its job with a healthy discretion. I have been so focused for so long on traditional finance, for example, that, now, as I look at equally intriguing opportunities in different spaces, my GPS is probably asking me, “What’s going on?” and saying, “You’re not grounded any more. This might be bad!” This wavering, against instinct, should not immediately be interpreted as what has been called the “quarter-life crisis.” A signal of any sort must first be interpreted, and then reasoned with.
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