The Branching Point
I had a convo with my college friends earlier about what careers they would choose, what do they want to do,why do they choose what they choose etc. etc.
And as we talked I came to realize how the time is coming. The time to decide -- to choose a road and leave all the other roads. So, I should tell you I have this FOMO that I'll miss out on opportunities if I choose a path, and on top of this fear I have the fear that I'll choose a wrong path. I am sure a lot of you my age (or perhaps from a different age segment) will relate.
But how do we deal with this fear? Before that - Are things really the way they seem to be? Are these roads all supposed to be non intersecting? Can I not jump ships once I have made a decision? Interesting rhetorical questions right :P ?
Yea, so I think I CAN jump ships once I have boarded one. These roads are probably intersecting but that shouldn't matter. I can't control how the road is gonna be. The only thing I have in my hand are my tools - (car/jeep/bicyle/tank whatever) - and so even in real life the one thing that is in our control is our toolbox - our skillset. And if this toolkit is robust and large enough it doesn't matter how bad the road is , even if its the freaking road to hell or there's isnt even a road its just a jungly mess - because if I have a good skillset, if I am **able ** in a multitude of situations I'll have a chance in a plethora of fields. And to back up a little this perspective does not care when the time to choose comes , it is omni-applicable.
But what exactly is a good enough skillset?
Well everyone will have their own notion of the apt amount of skills in an environment which is constantly changing. My notion is rather simpler than having a set of list. It goes something like:
- It should be updated frequently and there should be interest in devoloping these skills.
- It should cover as many as areas as possible.
Now yes, this is an ideal skillset that I am describing but the more we try to be as close to this (while being satisfied with our current skillset -- tough balance) the more robust we will be to the environment.
And I would like to end my little write up on the note that we can be never be too prepared , their will be uncertainity so it's best to embrace this uncertainity and do what we can do - work on creating our best selves.