As a member of the Praxis community, one statement I hear all the time is this one: don’t do stuff you hate.
Many participants have dropped out of school, I’m also a college opt-out, and this fact supports this claim – we are living this motto. Schooling is different from education. We’re growing, improving and learning every day, according to our goals and purposes, not to a one-size-fits-all guideline.
Most people have this crazy notion that if we persevere through our boring classes, soul-sucking corporate jobs, and have a “stable” career, we’re set for life.
These people are missing a huge point: sometimes you need to finish something to proceed to the next stage, but most times this is an illusory view. The degree requirement for most jobs, for example, is a way to filter minimum viable candidates. If you have something better to offer (and you should have!), it becomes irrelevant.
We’re used to complying to the status quo, instead of creating our own rules and doing things our way. The new entrepreneurial economy requires more creativity and self-ownership, instead of conformity promoted by schools.
But why does it matter?
It’s easier to know what you like once you’ve discarded what you don’t like. Stop overthinking about the perfect internship, major, or career. Pursue your curiosity, try the possibilities, read and understand how the world works, build your unique skill set. Most likely what you’re going to do 15 years from now doesn’t even exist yet.
I’ve worked for one year and a half in two different industries. In this blog post I describe it in more details, but in summary, if it weren’t for this experience, I’d be enrolled in an Engineering college in Brazil (and I realized I actually don’t like engineering!).
Instead, I’m building my personal brand and going to America to work with something I’ve discovered is a lot more related to my personal preferences, values, and philosophies.
As long as you see yourself (and act) as the creator of your own future, your possibilities to understand what you like and want to do are much higher.
The disposition to take risks and to make authentic decisions, even if that means to be against the crowd, is present in any successful career you’ve heard of.
By following these two simple rules of thumb, you are already years ahead of someone who’s occupying her mind with meaningless assignments and delaying her career because she doesn’t know what’s the perfect fit.
Take ownership over your life and do what you feel like doing. Don’t wait for opportunities or authority figures. You may surprise yourself by how much clarity and self-knowledge you’ll acquire.