How to Pick a Career (That Actually Fits You) - Wait But Why
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Today’s career landscape isn’t a lineup of tunnels, it’s a massive, impossibly complex, rapidly changing science laboratory.
Time. A typical career will take up somewhere between 20% and 60% of your meaningful adult time.
Quality of Life. Your career has a major effect on all your non-career hours.
Impact. Whatever shape your career path ends up taking, the world will be altered by it.
Identity. We tell people about our careers by telling them what we are.
The landscape today is made up of thousands of options and the way things work today, if there’s an option you want that’s not already out there, you can probably create it for yourself.
Specific Career Path.
A career path is like a game board. The conventional wisdom bookshelf contains instruction booklets for only a small fraction of today’s available game boards—and those that it does have usually tell you how that game was played in the past, even though the current game board has evolved significantly into something with new kinds of opportunities and different rules and loopholes.
When assessing your chances on a certain career path, the key question is:
With enough time, could you get good enough at this game to potentially reach whatever your definition of success is in that career?
you are able to plot your career path forward.
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Without these, you’ll most likely struggle hard and fail.
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A person with a foundation of knowledge and skills will make more money and most likely live a more meaningful life.
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1. Analyzing yourself.
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5. Continuous Self-Development
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