What to do when you just can’t figure out the big questions in your life
At some point in our lives, we all face important and daunting questions:
- What career should I choose?
- Should I change careers? I’m bored and I think I’d like field xyz….
- Should I move to this exciting new city I’ve been dreaming about forever?
- I have this great business idea. Should I go for it?
- How can create passive income and not get stuck in the daily grind?
- What am I going to do when I’m retired? I can’t sit around all day.
- What is my greater purpose in life?
… and so on.
These are tough questions and many of us don’t have all the answers. A number of authors and “experts” have put forth a multitude of ways to “find your way and purpose”. After some brainstorming, mind maps, and soul searching, you’re supposed to head off to the newly found true north of your life. If you put all your efforts into it and put the right energy out into the universe, things will happen for you and you will – step by step – make it to your goal, … eventually. Happy ending – story closed.
But if you’re like me, this may not work for you. There are too many options, too many unknowns to even pick your destination. If you’ve never been there, never lived through what you’re hoping to experience, how do you even know it’s right for you? How do I know if I’ll like sailing around the world in a yacht visiting tropical locations with money to spend if I currently barely have enough in the bank to spend a long weekend at the local beach? Should I just have faith and hope that – with the right amount of effort, focus, and tenacity – things will fall into place and the universe will help get me there?
At one point I was told I had “too many irons” in the fire and that I should rather focus on “the one thing”. That advice rubbed me the wrong way, but I couldn’t put my finger on it at the time. I think I know why now….Continue reading “Life by Experiment”