How to choose a career and be successful is a topic that comes up for us at a young age.
Most of us were told when we were kids to study hard and get good grades so we could get a good job.
We were encouraged to go to college or university as that would give us a better chance to be successful.
How to choose a career was very much based on our perceptions of what we thought a particular job or profession would be like.
Factors that that we considered included the prestige or perceived status of various roles, the money that we could ultimately earn and how much we thought we would like the particular career.
From a very young age kids get asked what they want to be when they grow up.
When my brother was young he told people he wanted to be either a Doctor or drive a garbage truck.
Of course these are the type of fantasies young children have. Then a few more years down the track they are forced to make choices on what subjects to study so they can pursue a given career.
The Reality – Does Education Make you Successful?
In reality there are many famous successful people who were college drop outs. These include;
- Bill Gates
- Steve Jobs
- Richard Branson
- Michael Dell
- Larry Ellison
- Mark Zuckerberg
- Ray Kroc
- Robert Kiyosaki
And what is successful anyway?
Is it being rich and famous?
Is it doing what you love?
Is it making a difference?
Is it having freedom?
Or is it all of these things?
How to choose a career and be successful – the catalyst for this post.
Over the last couple of weeks I have been driving my husband to see an eye specialist.
He had a few problems that were compounded by a severe allergic reaction to eye drops that were prescribed for him. In total so far there have been 7 visits.
Let me be clear this is not about making the medical profession wrong as I have great respect for what many doctors do. However there is much I do not like about the system.
The Scene for these visits
When we arrived for each appointment and notified the staff at reception we took a seat in the waiting room.
The atmosphere was heavy and no one seemed to smile. This included patients and staff. It felt very much like a factory.
Ivan, my husband, would finally be called by someone who did some basic tests each time before he saw the specialist.
Then he would come back to the waiting room until the specialist called his name.
Given I spent a lot of time in this waiting room over the last weeks I got to think about this topic.
Just why did these specialists choose this particular profession? I wondered if they were there because they wanted to help people, or was it the prestige or the money? – I pondered.
There was no evidence they were enjoying what they were doing. Well if they were they had not told their faces and their body language suggested anything but happy.
In a previous life in my career
I have worked with many specialist doctors both when I was an accountant and later as a financial planner. I specialized in taxation minimization and these guys usually earn a lot of money.
Many of the people that became my clients had gone into the profession for some of the reasons I mentioned – helping people, prestige and money. Many of them were not happy and most of them were very nice people.
The waiting room – the factory
My mind tumbled back to my previous career and my clients as I sat in this waiting room observing people looking unhappy.
I started to think of this subject on how to choose a career and be successful.
I thought of the college dropouts that have gone on to do amazing things and have a successful fulfilling life.
I thought of the people I know in home base businesses who are living amazing lifestyles and many are earning the sort of money that specialist doctors make. They have all worked hard to get where they are but the people I know are having fun and loving what they are doing. Isn’t that how it should be?
Many of the people who are in my home based business do have degrees and have worked in professions but are choosing to make lifestyle choices.
As I said earlier this post is not intended to knock the medical profession. Heck they do some amazing work and I am grateful that people do choose to do these roles. I just feel sad they look so unhappy.
How to Choose a Career and be Successful – my conclusion
I do not believe we need a degree to be successful.
And to me successful is very much about being happy, doing what you love, feeling inspired and making a difference. It is about having freedom and fun.
It is not just about the money but of course money gives us the ability to do amazing things in our life.
I have a degree but I have learned more from the personal development courses, books I have read and working on myself than I did at University.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this one. How did you choose your career? What does being successful mean to you?
If you would like to know more about the business I am part of which has a fabulous culture and people are having fun check out my short video here.
I also have a video and some more on this topic on my other blog – How to Become Rich Without a Degree
Make it a great day.