“What story do you want to tell with your life? What craft do you want to spend your years revising and improving? How do you know the right answer? You don’t. Nobody knows the best bus, but if you want to fulfill your potential you must choose one. This is one of the central tensions of life. It’s your choice, but you must choose. And once you do, stay on the bus.”
“What do you want to be when you grow up,” my aunt would ask all of us kids. I always wanted to be a pilot, until I found out that the vision in my left eye disqualified me. I have one son who wanted to be a veterinarian who is now a personal trainer. My other three sons stumbled into the careers they are in — without any preconceptions. I have changed careers four times, finally settling on an IT position. I also have several hobbies that keep me rather busy.
I have never understood why there is this ‘requirement’ to ‘fulfill my potential’ along only one path, one bus. I have potential along many different paths, and I really like the diversity. I may end up a ‘Jack of all trades and master of none’ but I see no reason to forsake exploring ‘alternate buses’ while I pursue one in particular. In this economy it certainly helps to broaden my skill set as more and more companies belly up. It is estimated that the current graduates will change jobs/careers seven times before retirement — I can certainly testify to that.
One thing I do agree with the author is that once I find a career that makes the best use of my skills I should pursue it whole heartedly. It will prove the most satisfying in the long run.