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7 Ways to Answer "What Should I Do With My Life?"

Gather Inspiration From Others

Walk into a bookshop and go straight to the autobiography section. Buy books from across different industries, societies, and cultures.

So what better way to get started than by learning how others reached their goals? Keep in mind as you’re reading that these people weren’t born knowing what they wanted to do either.

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Talk to People

Don't expect anything. You’d be surprised at how much you can learn just from listening to other people talk.

You’ll get insight into people’s motivations, hopes, dreams, and ambitions. And you can learn how others got to where they are today—and if that’s a path you want to be on, too.

Get Started

Do something. Even if it isn’t quite the right thing, it is nevertheless movement that can give you an opportunity to experience.

There are so many things you can do for your career—even if you don’t know what you want to do: start creating a portfolio or learn a new skill.

Gather Inspiration From Others

Walk into a bookshop and go straight to the autobiography section. Buy books from across different industries, societies, and cultures.

So what better way to get started than by learning how others reached their goals? Keep in mind as you’re reading that these people weren’t born knowing what they wanted to do either.

Prepare for a Long Journey

One huge misconception about figuring out what you want to do with your life is that you will have a magical moment of extreme clarity and then have your entire life planned.

But life changes constantly and you’ll need to regroup and reconsider your journey as you go along.

Leave Your Comfort Zone

Try new things and widen your horizons.

Maybe you don’t know what you want to do because you haven’t tried what you’re meant to do yet. And you won’t know if that is true or not until you get out there and start ruling things out.

Be Okay With Failing

Nothing will slow you down more in your quest to figure out what to do with your life than being afraid of failure

You won’t ever be able to nail down what makes you happy if you rule everything out because it sounds hard.

Enjoy Not Knowing

Don’t pressure yourself to be in the future.

By focusing on other less-pressing matters, the obvious answer may just come to you when you’re least expecting it—and it will be clearer than you ever imagined it to be.

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Write a vision

Write down exactly what you want your life to look like. Put it where you can see it every day. However, it is not set in stone. You can change it along the way.

Examine your current life

See how much of your life already matches your vision.  

You want to keep those things and remember that part of your vision is already happening.

Define your core values

Every decision you make about your life should reflect those values.

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Don't follow your passion
The main flaw of  “finding your passion” presupposes that interests and passions are fixed, rather than fluid and evolving as we age and gain wisdom and experience. 
The problem with following your passion
  • It ignores the market. Unless you have a trust fund waiting for you, you’ll have to feed yourself and others. 
  • It will turn a passion into a job. 
Learn from Startups
  1. Identify real needs in the market that are currently not being well met. 
  2. Assess your strengths: Whatever is easy for you that most others have a harder time with, that’s a worthy option.
  3. Match up these two in a constantly iterative process: This process takes many years if not decades.

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