I’ve had it all planned out forever. Double major in finance and accounting. Go to work for a big firm. Work my way up to an executive level. Get into politics some day. Sounds glamorous right?
Well maybe life isn’t all about having a defined plan. In the past week or so I have begun to understand the fact that I, quite simply, can’t have it all figured out right now. And that’s ok.
The key, in my opinion, is to have options. Yes, I need goals – they keep me going and give me something to shoot for. I want to have a long-term vision for where I want to go and what I want to do in life. But maybe that doesn’t mean having every single step lined up along the way.
This week I was reminded that focusing on the measures of success as defined by others isn’t important. It is important to consider what I want out of life and how I want to get there. It is important to consider my values and what makes me tick and then to apply that to the job search. My new attitude has given me a whole new outlook on approaching life after graduation. I have options. I’m excited about the future and the opportunity that comes with it. Life is good.
Keep your options open people. And don’t make opportunity knock you over the head before you give it the time of day. Take a risk or two. Go do what you have always wanted to do. If it means being a happier, more fulfilled individual, make it happen.