Published: September 24th, 2015
Sometimes, in our rush to finish school, find a job, and succeed we might lose track of who we want to become. Now, I’m not writing about the cliché theories of finding oneself, but simply of defining our true goals and how we truly want to measure our success.
I’ve had plenty of time to think over the summer about what I want to do with my life. I have spent so much time setting short-term goals and completing them that I haven’t had the time to focus on the bigger picture. So far my sole purpose has been to gain knowledge from here and there, finish school, engage in interesting projects, and get an internship that hopefully will lead to a job. Check, check, check. Now what?
Obviously, I never imagined staying on that one job forever, and I have always known to keep on learning. However, I haven’t envisioned an alternative, either. If there’s anything I have learned from my fellow AMA members and friends is that we are rushing to a deadline: graduation and a job thereafter. The end of our student lives is a vacuum that sucks us in only to leave us doubting about what we’ll find on the other side. I know I want to be successful, I know I want to work on my passion, and I know I want to continuously develop myself professionally; but I don’t know where to find the motivation for any of those things, or where my passion truly lies.
Today, in one of the many philosophical conversations in which I tend to engage, I argued that I don’t want to settle to measure my success by any monetary means. I refused to accept money as a deal breaker and I have known myself to argue this fact in the past. The question lies, however, in how I decide to measure my success by other means. So far I have only measured success by checking off my completed goals. And although that is perfectly fine, it’s not much better than the previous alternative.
I realized then, that we must think of the long-term results of our choices. We must think on what we truly want to see ourselves complete with the passage of the years, aside from acquiring a job or finally graduating. I’m a believer of living life one day at a time, yet as I realized I have yet to define how I truly want to spend the rest of my life and what I want to accomplish I understood how important it is to also look ahead of us and strategize our future.
So, I ask you, do you know what you truly want to accomplish in your lifetime?
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