If you’ve been reading my articles you already know about my struggle with anxiety and depression over the years. The struggle was due to lack of self-awareness and looking externally for answers to my problems than within.
At the age of 28 when I was going through yet another rough phase in life I told myself to give it a shot at pursuing my interest and see if I can make a career out of it. Sports was always my area of interest, so I took up an online course in Sports Business Management. And then I started working as an intern and took up temporary projects in sports marketing with a hope that this experience would materialize into something big in near future.
Hopes came crashing down when I realized that I couldn’t sustain in the sports business field and this was the biggest setback of my life as I couldn’t convert the only interest of my life into something more meaningful.
But by this time I had accumulated couple of years of decent experience in marketing. And then I continued working in the field of marketing (not sports this time) with a friend.
As I continued my journey with marketing, something started to feel right.
The thought of, placing a product in front of the customer in a way where they would find it appealing and end up purchasing the product, appeared to be a challenge which I started to enjoy.
Even though I was into marketing for few years it took me a while to look at things from this perspective. It wasn’t like from day one I enjoyed marketing or I knew well in advance that this is where I belonged. It did happen over time and eventually I realized I had the tools to succeed in this field.
Ever since this realization took shape it gave me a new lease of life. I started to be more self aware and confident. Now whenever I go out and meet people I can answer the question (So what are you doing right now?) more confidently than ever.
Takeaway from this article:
Even if you are unaware of your strengths or what you want to do in life, keep exploring, keep reading about various career paths that people take up and skills needed to succeed (you don’t have to be a doctor or an engineer to succeed anymore), keep talking to people so that you gain more knowledge (something I regret not doing). And more importantly keep looking within yourself to identify what you are good at. The more you explore the easier it gets for you to identify your career path and give yourself an identity.
I learnt this lesson the hard way after literally wasting the best years of my life, you don’t have to.
Yes right now you might say you aren’t interested in anything, but so did I for many years until I realized I was restricting myself in my thoughts and ideas.
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