In my professional life, I am surrounded by young people trying to create their own future and it seems to me that the majority of us are following the same path. A path that our family and society has directed us down.
It usually goes something like this: finish school, go to university, maybe do a masters degree, find a job, work hard, get promoted, retire and then… well you know what happens then. It can feel like our whole life has already been designed for us. Every once in a while, it could be a good idea to stop and think about what we really want to be doing with our lives.
The world is changing faster than it ever has before. We are living in exponential times. For 20 year olds, this means that the possibility of simply following in the footsteps of their parents’ generation is no longer a realistic option, despite the pressure from that generation that we often feel to do so.
A Harvard University investigation stated that by the age of 38 we will have had an average of 14 different jobs. So how are we supposed to make our families proud and follow the path of tradition in such an ever-changing world?
The answer is simple. We have to break free from this old fashioned idea and create our own path, most importantly: we have to follow our hearts. There are thousands of people in the world with the same university degree as you, and so the only way you are going to be better than them is by doing what you love. Passion breeds success and you are only going to be truly great at something if you are truly passionate about it. So my first piece of advice for you is: find what you love and follow your heart.
Nowadays, knowledge and theory are no longer the most crucial factors that companies look for. The ways and reasons we learn – as well as the things we learn - has changed significantly. Everybody has access to all the information in the world with just a few clicks on their computers, making the demand for raw human knowledge less.
What really makes a difference is having experiences, creativity and ideas. These developments have made the playing field more level than ever. With passion on their side, drop-outs, people who struggle with exams and the “less academic” among us have a chance to buck the trends of the past and compete with the big boys and girls in the modern world.
Companies need people with ideas, people who know how to tackle setbacks and those who have travelled and seen things maybe other candidates haven’t. Travelling makes us more mature and it gives us a lot of life experience, as well as independence. So my next recommendation: go abroad! Be your own leader and find out what you want to do with your life.
Here are four further sources of inspiration and extra advice on how to start creating your “impossible” future:
- Steve Jobs speech in Stanford University 2005 YouTube
- The Element, by Sir Ken Robinson.
- Register at Europe Language Jobs and find a job that really motivates you that can help you start building your future.
- Fight for your dreams. “Don’t let anyone tell you that you can´t do something”
We all have to find what we love and we must work hard to get it. We need to create our own paths in life under our terms and conditions, a path only for us that will lead us to a future that today seems all too distant and unachievable but, in reality, is closer than we think.
To conclude: passion makes the impossible, possible.
Aug 20, 2014 by Carlos
Great article! This is indeed what we should all long for and look at.posted 1 year ago by Diana (Adriana Maria Nicolasina)
I have worked in England, Germany, New Zealand and Thailand. To be accepted in a country, learning about and accepting the country's different cultures is a very important initial step.posted 1 year ago by Francis
Great article! Nothing is impossible! Listen, be positive and follow your dreams and the dream job will find you.posted 1 year ago by Rita
Great article! This is indeed what we should all long for and look at.posted 1 year ago by Nikolay
"Be a leader of yourself and find out what you want to do with your life." this is exactly that I am looking now, I want to get the opportunity to create my own future, and to start I want to work abroad, I consider myself a very proactive person, enthusiast and I am always looking to improve everything that surround me. So, here I am, here I go :-)posted 1 year ago by Geiner
Very good article! It will depends on your enviroment al situation like family, country, social etc. Many people don't have a chance to find the right job.posted 1 year ago by Seyhan
Très inspirant, cela donne matière à réfléchirposted 1 year ago by François
great assessmentposted 1 year ago by Ayla
''passion makes the impossible, possible'',it is a great sentence.
Thank you for this article. I am in this way, searching for this dream job. Not easy, but certainly rewarding.posted 1 year ago by Guilherme
Going to university is seen by most as an adventurous and exciting period in life, as well as a transitional period which sets you up for the rest of your life