The struggles of choosing a career path

Choosing a career is a huge responsibility for almost everyone. It’s tough for many people to feel satisfied and happy when their careers aren’t going well, even if everything else is working OK. Your career is a very important part of your life, and there is no downplaying its consequence. A good career is one of the greatest blessings you’ll ever experience, and a bad career is one of life’s greatest curses.

Some people really feel the weight of this choice, and it scares them. Especially, a lot of students go through this fear. What if I choose the wrong major in college? What if I get a job I don’t really like? What if I start a business and end up hating it? Those are all good questions. It’s great to be asking them ahead of time. It’s OK to be a little nervous about this choice, but don’t let the fear stop you from exercising your ability to choose knowingly. You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t even have to be right at first. In fact, you’ll get much better results in the long run if you’re willing to fail.

Even with a lot of conscious thought, the right career choice is very difficult to make. The reason is that you never really understand these kinds of decisions until after you’ve made them.

What do most people do when they make the wrong career choice? They pretend to like their job, trying not to be miserable while they are at it. But once you recognize your mistake, cut your losses and get out as soon as possible. A wrong decision doesn’t become a right decision by pretending.

It’s very challenging to hit upon the right career choice even with deliberate, conscious intent. As you make mistakes, you’ll refine your thought processes, and your decisions will improve. Don’t let fear or pressure from anyone force you into making choices that you will regret later.  A right career means you will be happier at work and be more productive.