'So, What should I do?' 1 of 3: The rules have changed!

Lets start with a story; a story of someone like you. Someone who didn’t know fear or limits, someone who wanted to do something big, achieve something big, be someone BIG. He asked elders, “So, What should I do to reach there?”

The elders felt happy and startled at the same time! They were happy because they felt that their young one was exhibiting signs of smartness and potential greatness, but they were startled because they were at a loss for right answer to his question.

When they were growing, the elders would think and worry about different stuff. The situations were different, the times were different, thought process was different, the world was different….LIFE was different!
'So, What should I do?' 1 of 3
In those days, JOBS were talked about, not careers. NECESSITIES were talked about, not luxuries. LIVING was talked about, not lifestyle. People would start at and retire from the same institution. They would earn recognitions and promotions as they learn more and more of less and less and get better at it. Their seniors would either be more experienced or someone who joined with a ‘better’ degree.

The elders deduced that to achieve much more, the young one would need to

1. Get a better degree
2. Become better at some skill faster

With best intentions, they told the same to the young one. Our friend, the young one stopped ‘wasting’ time on other activities like painting, dancing, singing, playing and so on and focused only on studying diligently.

Then something happened and everything changed – the situations, the times, the thought process, the world….LIFE changed.

The young one, now a grown up realized that life is tough, as the elders would say, but other things were not same. Now, almost everyone had one or more degrees and they still were not doing what they wanted. Many people without a ‘better’ degree were more successful. Some of his friends from long ago who ‘wasted’ time at painting or dancing were living comparably a better life. People changed jobs and jobs changed people. Just having very concentrated knowledge could mean job insecurity and lack of opportunities. “So, what should I do now?”, the grown up wanted to ask but didn’t know to whom?
If you can relate to the protagonist or know someone who would, you need to know that ours is the changed world, different from what we grew up in, different from what our elders experienced. The game is more or less the same but THE RULES HAVE CHANGED and you need to understand that to play the game better and increase odds in your favor to achieve what you want and reach where you want.

Check out what you need to know in next part of the mini series “So, What should I do?”.

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Ashish Vaidya
Ashish Vaidya is a contributing writer at Inspiration Unlimited eMagazine.