When I Was 22 I Knew So Much More Than I Do Now

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shutterstock_142145389 (1) (Copy)What an amazing time it was to be 22 and have everything ahead of you to be explored, tried, and huge goals to reach. In fact when I was 22 I knew more than I know now many years later.

Why? Because I didn’t know how much I didn’t know!

But it was also a time of difficult decisions about career and next steps. Having grown up in an immigrant family there was always the pressure to go into a “profession” such as legal, accounting, medicine, etc. which would provide a lifelong security.

This made great sense for my parents’ generation having lived through WW2, but, for me security was not what I was looking for.

I studied a general arts and science program in University and came out like many of you today not knowing what I was going to do. I started by working full time in what had been my summer job, at an institution for the mentally handicapped.

It was a way to get work experience and to pay off some student loans.

I quickly discovered that I wasn’t suited to a government work environment …it was too bureaucratic….so the next job was at the Federal government level (I know you’re thinking I should have learned that lesson) but it offered an opportunity to create and to work in a start up project (which I discovered none of the longer tenure employees wanted). 

This became the nucleus of my future career decisions.

Here’s what I learned from that role:

  • I love a challenge and when somebody says it won’t work then I have to prove it will
  • I am really good at start-ups
  • I love to analyse and figure things out (even before Google)
  • I need to Learn and keep learning
  • I need to be engaged
  • I love to share what I have learned
  • I find great reward in helping people fulfil their potential

Am I where I thought I would be?:

Yes and No. Since I didn’t have a clear path leaving University I wasn’t sure where I would be. I personally think it’s better this way. If everything is mapped out for you and you are following a path make sure it’s what your heart desires.

If you have that feeling in the pit of your stomach (also known as intuition) that all is not right, learn to trust it!

So I’ve built onto each role the skills from the ones before it. My nucleus remains the same but has been expressed in a variety of ways including corporate roles and self-employment. I love Coaching because it lets me help people grow and learn. It has pulled together all of my learning.

For many years I didn’t have a proper dining room table and it was quite a joke among my friends. When I had the money I always spent it on travel….experiences to me are a way to keep learning, to broaden horizons and to look at things from a different perspective.

So, Yes! I am were I hoped I would be and have been true to my motto of “Live, Learn, Lead.”

#If I were 22

  • Go with your passion
  • Trust your intuition
  • Don’t be afraid to try things or take project jobs
  • Nurture your true friendships through your career moves
  • Never stop learning..it’s the only job security you have
  • Persevere. It ain’t always easy.
  • Believe in yourself…there is no one else like you in the world.
  • Laugh

As Oscar Wilde said “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”

How is has your life developed since you were 22? – Share your thoughts and experiences below and tell me all about it!

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