Advice from an Expert: Vol. XVI. My Mom.

I spoke to a recent college grad the other day who was debating the question that we’re all faced with as we start our professional lives:  “What do I want to do with my life?”

I remember asking myself the same question when I was a few years out of school, because I was bouncing around from job to job and just didn’t feel like I found my niche.  I acted, I stage managed, I worked for an agent . . . nothing seemed to fit.

So, I did what recent college grads do.  I called Mommy.

I told Momma Davenport that I was thinking of quitting my job because it didn’t feel right.  Then I started feeling guilty for having tried so many things, and asked her when she thought I’d figure out what I wanted to do?

Mom said, “Hey, think of it this way.  With every job you have, you may not be figuring out what you want to do, but at least you’re figuring out what you don’t want to do.”

She was right.  And to use an analogy that my instructor for my Princeton Review SAT course would be proud of . . .

Life is like the SATs.  If you don’t the answer right away, eliminate the wrong ones, and the choice will be easier.


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  • Will says:

    This would be a better point if jobs, like SAT questions, had only five options.

  • Mike says:

    I’m RSVP’d and ready to come! Saw a Twitter posting and love me that Performertrack subscription or that Kindle. I feel lucky. Thanks Ken. Cheers, Mike

  • Chris S. says:

    Been regularly reading your blog for about a year now, Ken (“big fan, big fan”), and this is my first comment. When I was approaching college graduation, my dad’s advice was similar to your mom’s:
    “People will tell you to do one of two things with your life: do what you love, or do what you’re good at. Son, it’s simple. Do what you love being good at.”

  • One thing I learned with my former classmate when I was in college: “Don’t do what you love. Just love what you do.”
    THrough this, you can always have satisfaction in life.

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