A while ago, I listened to a great audio book that addressed the issue of steering your life in the right direction. What is “right” is very subjective: only you can know. However, sometimes the real problem is knowing — am I the only one who is still asking, “What do I want to do with my life?” Getting to the next question, “How do I make it happen?” isn’t always straightforward.
My biggest takeaway from the book was the following: If you find yourself asking what you want to be doing with your life and are fairly busy already doing something (either a job, school, volunteer, family etc) the best way to find the answer to your question is to do what you are already doing, but better. Do the best you can with what you have, where you are.
I took that to heart and…BAM…so many opportunities started coming. My role at Spill became more defined, my book got picked up by two colleges, and I got invited to teach Marketing Communications at University of Wisconsin. The amazing thing is that I didn’t even try to make these things happen – they all just happened. The only thing I did was to do better at what I already was doing.
Turnarounds come, and I am grateful for that.
Meanwhile, I’ve been close to two men who knew exactly what they wanted and worked very hard and very long to make it happen. My brother, the Marine Corps Second Lieutenant and my husband, the new American citizen. While I was floundering, these two were focused and working hard. Inspiring, to say the least. I am very proud and grateful.