We have been brought up in a world that makes us think, that by the time you leave education that you have to have already decided on what you will do for the rest of your life… Even before you have left university, you will of had career meeting upon career meeting to make up your mind on what your calling in life should be.
For anyone that left education before university, at the age of 16 or 18. It is assumed that they will have already decided what their calling in life is. Everyone in this situation will have felt the pressure of society and people around them telling them to “get a job.”
Forget it! I personally think that this approach is foolish. If you have already decided what it is that you will be doing for the rest of your life before the age of education graduation then you are setting yourself up for disappointment, its almost inevitable that you will choose a career path that is purely influenced by the grades that you achieved in your education, not what your interests and passions are. In some cases, purely just because you haven’t found your passion yet.
By being pidgon -holed into a supposed ‘career path’ very early on in your life, maybe having at first, just having accepted it as a method to earn your first full time pay check, it becomes more and more comfortable, and increasingly hard to see yourself doing anything else. Before you know it you will actually have accepted your career fate yourself before you even reach 25! This blog post is going to show you that even if you turn 25 and you are not doing the job that you dreamed about, it is absolutely not too late to keep dreaming and keep driving towards your life goals. You may not even realise your passion yet, but I hope I can show you that even as you mature into adulthood, that you don’t by any means have to accept a mediocre career. You can still find and live your passion and do the work that means something to you.
A recent article on BusinessInsider.com proves my point, here are the jobs that some of the worlds most successful people were doing at the age of 25.
Martha Stewart was a stockbroker for the firm of Monness, Williams, and Sidel, the original Oppenheimer & Co.
Mark Cuban was a bartender in Dallas.
Arianna Huffington was traveling to music festivals around the world for the BBC with her boyfriend at the time.
Lloyd Blankfein was an unhappy Lawyer.
Ralph Lauren was a sales assistant at Brooks Brothers.
JK Rowling came up with the idea for the Harry Potter series on a train.
Jay-Z was already in the rap scene, but was ‘relatively anonymous.’
Marissa Mayer had just started her job as Google’s 20th employee.
Warren Buffett was working as an investment salesman in Omaha.
Ursula Burns started out as an intern, but worked her way up at Xerox throughout her 20s.
Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook was cash positive for the first time and hit 300 million users.
Tina Fey was a child-care registrar at the Y.M.C.A before joining famed improv troupe Second City.
Tim Allen was arrested and served the next two years in Federal prison.
Richard Branson had already started the Virgin Records record label.
Sheryl Sandberg had met mentor Larry Summers and was getting a Harvard MBA.
Eric Schmidt was building a deep background in computer science.
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was on her way to becoming Florida’s youngest female legislator.
Howard Schultz hadn’t even started out in the coffee business; he was a Xerox salesman.
Chelsea FC cash cow Roman Abramovich had already set up and liquidated at least 20 companies.
As you can see, the overwhelming majority of these 25 extremely successful people where in jobs, far removed and in most cases in roles that had nothing in common with their ‘calling’ in life. Even the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, who was already in the role that made him who he is today was far from the outstanding success that he is today, having only just made his business cash positive at the age of 25.
As these hugely successful people have proven, don’t feel that you have to have already made your impact on the world by the age of 25! That just because you are doing a particular job today, this doesn’t mean that this is the job you have to do for life. If you own a business that hasn’t quite taken off as you expected just yet, or even had one or two business failures, Roman Abramovich goes to prove that if you learn from these mistakes you can still do alright for yourself!
The one thing that all of these successful people had in common is that even though they hadn’t completely achieved their success in the world by 25, they had the vision that one day they would become successful, and also the perseverance to keep the faith in themselves.
If, as a young person aiming for greatness you find yourself in a current job that you dislike, that doesn’t make you tick. Then simply keep the faith in yourself that you can achieve your life goals someday, if not today.