By: Bushuyu Frank Mutaremwa
When you make a career decision you need to realize that you are making up your mind on something that you will probably do the rest of your life. The biggest chunk of our lives is spent at our work places – interfacing with people, counting money, helping sick people or animals, growing plants, tending animals, designing or drawing figures or pictures, talking to people or behind a computer screen, mixing chemical, writing just like am doing or any other vocation of your choosing.
It is true that most of us will spend more time at our work place than we will spend at home with our family and definitely more than we will spend with our buddies at the bar, church, rotary club or any other social gathering.
So when you make that career choice, it is important that it is something that you like or that is of great interest to you, something that you actually enjoy doing and something that you are passionate about. I am a firm believer that each one of us has something that we are very good at, an activity that distinguishes us from the rest of the pack. It is interestingly to note that what you love to do, what you enjoy doing is most often than not what you will be good at, something in which you possess natural talent.
Henri Fredric Amiel, the Swiss philosopher remarked, “To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent.”
It would therefore be very strange to find Lionel Messi trying very hard to run faster than Hussein Bolt. Messi would not just look ordinary but pathetic if he dared become a sprinter and so would Hussein Bolt if he enlisted at his favorite club Manchester United Football Club.
In life, each one of us has to find our unique lane and stick to it. Messi has found his in football, Bolt in the 100m sprint, Muhammed Ali in Boxing and Obama in politics. What will be your lane? Gen. Collin Powell former US Secretary of State had some wisdom in this regard saying, “That’s what you have to look for in life, something that you like and something that you think you’re pretty good at and if you can put these two together then you are right on the track, just drive on.”
Oprah Winfrey put it this way, “I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I have I’ve become. If I had, I’d have done it a lot earlier.”
Like you know, Oprah talks for a living – literally, she loves it and enjoys it and is not just good at it but one of the world’s best at it. Being true to herself has made her not only extremely wealthy but also happy because she is doing what she loves!
So what is it that you love? What is it that you are good at? What is it that you would gladly spend most of your time doing, even without a salary? What is it that you were ‘designed for’? Go for it, it will be the best career choice you will ever make!