Discover who you are, what you want to be, and how you can make the most out of your life.
You might be wondering what this article is going to be about with a title like that. The good news is that it’s probably not what you might be thinking. In this article, I am going to share with you a process for helping you discover who you are, what you want to be, and how you can make the most out of your life.
It doesn’t matter what kind of life you are living right now, there are things that you have never been exposed to. I am not talking about the measles or a contagious disease, I am talking about many of the opportunities that this world has to offer.
Let me give you a quick example of what I am talking about. Did you know that according to a Pew study, 37 % of adults have never lived anywhere else except their hometown. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but the world is a big place and you might find a happier place to live if you do a little exploring.
It is the exploring part that can answer many of life’s biggest questions for you. It’s not just about seeing other places to live, it’s about finding out what you want to do for a living. Exposing yourself to different jobs and careers can really change your life. Let me tell you about what happened to me when I was in high school.
My high school had a program called G.A.S. I think they could have made a better acronym, but it stood for Government Alive with Students. It was a program where students could check out what it would be like to work in a department of the local government. While many other kids were not interested, I thought it sounded like fun. I decided to do ride-alongs with the local police department.
Nobody in my family was a police officer, but the idea of becoming a police officer was interesting to me. This was a great opportunity to expose myself to what police work is really like.
After doing several ride-alongs with the police dept., I decided that it was something I would pursue in the future. After I turned 18, I applied to a neighboring police department. It was my first application and after several rounds of testing, I became the youngest person ever hired by my department.
Here I was a police officer at 19, while most of my friends were working at fast food restaurants making minimum wage. I am not saying I was better than them, but because I was exposed to police work at a young age, I developed a passion and started living the life of my dreams much sooner than many of my friends. You can find that clarity and passion too.
Exposing yourself to new things is the key to finding your passion, having a clear direction and having more fun. The good news is it is easy to do.
Get involved with school activities, clubs, class trips and traveling opportunities. Say “yes” to opportunities for you to be exposed to something new, no matter how small.
Exposing yourself is really helpful when you are considering what career path you should choose. There are hundreds of jobs you probably don’t even know exist because you have never been exposed to them. Begin discovering all those job opportunities by going online and doing research. A great place to start is this government website https://www.bls.gov/ooh/. It can tell you pay scales, job requirements and job outlook statistics.
After you start discovering some options you think might suit you, investigate further. See if you can do some shadowing of someone in your chosen career field. Find people who are doing what you would like to do and ask them questions. See if it is a good fit for you. You might be surprised to find your true calling.
One more thing to remember; you don’t have to follow in anyone’s footsteps or listen to what other people say you should do. Be bold and blaze your own trail. It is by having an open mind and open eyes that will help you quickly develop the best path for your life. So expose yourself as much as possible and live a great life!
About the Author: Michael TARBY, Monthly Mentor, is a life change expert and author of the best-selling book Living Your Big Juicy Life, The Secrets to Having More Love, Joy and Success. His varied background allows him to resonate with people from all walks of life. He has been everything from a police officer to an actor. In college, he was the class president and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and is also Board Certified in Radiography. Michael has dedicated his life to helping others learn from his successes and many failures. He has spoken all across the country and received standing ovations from large and small audiences. Read More…