Starting your career in the late 2000’s has got nightmare written all over it. Firstly you’re faced with far too many options. You have this 1st world problem that an abundance of choice is actually killing your decision making capability.
We need to embrace this because we are fortunate but at the same time it’s completely daunting. I remember back in 2005 when I started in Real Estate that I felt fortunate, because it was all I wanted to do. I applied to 23 different London based companies with the sole mission of becoming a Sales Negotiator. Little did I know or care at the time this was seen as a bit of cliché thing to do. All I cared about was getting independence. I just wanted a free car and to sell my face off.
I was so hungry for success. Like starving. I would literally work so hard that I was gutted to be told that walking buyers through a house at 10pm was inappropriate. I would get home, drive my girlfriend (now wife) crazy talking about my day. I was so friggin pumped. I miss those days.
Back to choice. You have loads of choice and yet it seems almost impossible to make a decision. So you choose to study Finance. Commerce. Business. Marketing. Entrepreneurship (just to cover all basis). Or you decide to take on an apprenticeship. Heating engineer. Sparky. Bricklayer. Hairdresser. Beautician. You get a few years in if you’re lucky then bail. Parents are devastated. They can’t believe you ‘wasted’ that time.
I’m here to tell you that you didn’t. It was the best possible year, two years…whatever it was, that you could’ve spent. You learnt more by doing something that didn’t float your boat and made you bored as bat shit, than if you grinded it out to the bitter end and finished with no idea what was next.
I’m not saying quit because its ‘tough’, I’m saying if you don’t look at your DNA closely and really listen to your heart before making a 2-3 year life decision you will regret stuff and you will make average choices.
I got offered a University placement at one of London’s elite Business Schools…yep I sure did. I had a choice. I could either take on student debt and study for 3 years and then figure out what I wanted. Or listen to every fibre in my body telling me to start my career, put my money where my mouth was and take on the best in the business. Sink or swim. I’ve never regretted my decision because I followed my soul, I also decided I would prefer to spend the next 3 years in a job I desperately wanted not a degree I was ‘supposed’ to do. I encourage you to look at life in 2 year chunks and follow your heart.