There comes a time where we all question where we are going with our lives. What job should I have? Is this what I want to do for the rest of my life? Where will be in 10 years? 20 years? There is no direct path. There is no map or plan. You have to make your own, and be willing to divert and leap when needed.
Sometimes we question our careers once a year, sometimes we question this once a month – depending upon how happy we are with our current job and career trajectory. I’ve noticed with a lot of my colleagues and friends that these questions have been at the forefront more often than I expected. We’re in our 20s and 30s and thinking not only about where we are today but what is going to make us happy down the road. Today’s jobs and career driven folks are very different from those of when our parents grew up. Back then I feel like most people stayed at their jobs for years, even decades. Now that is definitely an anomaly. The longest I’ve stayed at a job is about 3 years. Mainly because I loved the people I worked with, the job was challenging, I was constantly learning, and was geeking out about it too. These are great things to have in a job, and they are things I will always look for in my career.
I never want to be bored. That would make every Monday suck, right?
I want to be challenged and given a chance to to do more. When it comes to my day-to-day … digital marketing… things are constantly changing. There is always a new app, a new technology, a new content empire building through acquisitions. The battle field is never the same, and you have to literally stay on top of your game each month, week, and even day. This is what sets people apart in my opinion. Those who care enough to want to learn and geek out so they can be better at their jobs, and those who are just there to collect the paycheck.
I raise my glass to my fellow geeks and nerds, who want more. Who are willing to take the risk to change their trajectory and find what really fits their needs and goals in life.