Many of us are “qualified” to do something, either through schooling, or just through our work history.
Eventually, like an actor, we run the risk of being typecast. After all, we’re qualified to do a particular job. So therefore we must continue doing that job, right?
But what if you don’t actually like what you’re doing? What if the career you’re qualified for makes you want to overdose on a combination of Kraft Singles and “Mother” energy drinks?
Just because you’re qualified to do something does not mean you have to do it
It’s a simple concept, but amazing how frowned upon it is.
There is this general attitude that just because you are qualified to do something, that you should actually do it (or continue to do it).
As an example, I see this all the time with people who are studying (or have graduated) from law. I happen to be one of those too, by the way. I’m a qualified lawyer, but can’t bring myself to start working as a lawyer because I KNOW it’s not what I want to do.
And yet many people in a similar position to me (regardless of what career) continue to feel pressured by others to “make the most” of the investment in their “qualification”.
Cutting your losses
What does all this lead to?
A large number of people living a very depressed life.
Where is the wisdom in pressuring people to continue doing something they REALLY don’t want to do?
This is the equivalent of being a poker player and throwing more money into a losing hand, just because your initial betting makes you feel “committed” to continuing the hand. Obviously, at the end of the day, you’re still going to lose money on that hand.
So even if you’ve spent 5-10 years getting ready for a career you don’t actually end up wanting, it’s still not too late to pull the plug and start again. Cut your losses now. The sooner the better.
Just because you’re qualified, does not mean you have to do it.
Just because you’re qualified, does not obligate you to continue down the same dead-end path.
But surely you’ll get used to it, right?
Some people will argue that you just need to get accustomed to your career. After a few years, apparently you will start liking it.
Well, you don’t have to shovel horse manure for months to know that you’re probably not going to like it.
It’s not wise to pressure people to waste years of their lives studying something that they have no interest in, in the hope that it ends up somehow “growing” on them.
If you follow that path, then the only thing that will grow is your level of regret as you get older…