Coming out of college, I remember hearing older people saying: “you don’t want to be climbing the ladder only to find it is propped against the wrong building”.
That phrase always made me think about time and location investment.
Where I’m spending my energy and time has always been valid thought that would run through my mind. I’d always think, and still do, I only get one shot at this.. what am I doing.
If you spent 8 1/2 hrs a day in a job, which anymore is an understatement.. that would possibly equate to a 30 year career amounting to over 62,000 hours worked. Granted, many people work far more than that.
Keep in mind that today, those 62,000 hours are no longer be spent in the same company but scattered across a vast array of companies and sometimes industries.
The location of where we are invested is a valuable commodity. You want to enjoy what you do, not just do it for others and for the sake of everyone else. There is always the dream mantra of, if you love what you do you’ll never work another day. But, Is that a reality for you? Some yes, but not for all.
Why is that? Why isn’t it a reality? (Maybe another question for another time)
The location for where you spend your 62,000+ hours in life should be attended to with some level of importance.
However, much like students declaring a major, things change because you don’t know what you don’t’ know. Statistics say that 80% of students change their major at least once. So yeah, that carries over to careers and jobs too.
What I have learned so far is.. Investigate where you want to spend your time and career. Understand the company(s) you want to work for. Make sure you are willing to move if its not right.