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The art of choosing the wrong career

Do you sometimes feel like you're stuck in a rut? If you could go back in time, would you make different choices? Let's talk about what we can do about it all - in the present.

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An adult human being makes, in average, 35,000 choices per day; consciously or not. You have just decided to read this text, for example. And that’s why I want to talk to you about a topic I deal with on a daily basis: our professional choices. Why did we choose the career we’re in? How do we find out if this profession is wrong for us? And what are the alternatives we can discover and make a living out of our passions?

I will try to answer these and other questions the best way I can and I hope I can help you ponder about this aspect in your life, if it is necessary for you.

Very soon in our lives, even before we are 20 years old, we are made to decide the career we will be in for the rest of our lives. And, yes, it is a very unfair choice to make, especially for people who have a hard time deciding what they are going to have for lunch. There are, of course, people who have discovered their passion when they were very young, and I truly admire someone who was able to do that. But if this is not the case with you, welcome to the club.

I deal with this subject every single day, because our mission at Hotmart is to make it possible for people to make a living out of their passions, and this has a direct connection to their careers. But I’ll tell you how I got here.

WHY do we choose the wrong career?

  1. We are too immature to make a decision.

The first – and the most obvious – reason, is, in fact the most common one among people who have reached adulthood. I remember High School, when we were given many aptitude tests, and we would then have the answer to all of our problems. What a rookie mistake!

Since I’ve always been curious and was able to write well, I made my choice without having to think twice. And after choosing Journalism and starting university, I found out that I would probably work for a newspaper, magazine or media relations.

And as time went by and I advanced in the course, the despair would increasingly take over me every time I thought that I didn’t really like any of that. Maybe I didn’t even like Journalism itself. But I couldn’t give up. After all, I was almost finishing the course and the university was not cheap. What would I do if I dropped out? And there was nothing else I was good at besides. Would I throw it all away? If I had known what was coming my way, maybe I would have.

  1. We don’t actually choose.

Believe me, it is still very common for parents to guide their children, from a very young age, to make a correct choice – according to their opinion. I don’t blame them; they want their children to be successful and achieve an excellent quality of life. But then we are faced with a generation conflict: young people today have many more choices in careers that their parents ever dreamed of, and this is because of a very simple factor, which is still amazing: technology.

  1. Not going to university is not an option.

This is a process that is so natural in today’s society that we don’t even question it. Without analyzing our education system – which is controversial, to say the least – it is easy to conclude that there is a flaw in all of this: there simply aren’t enough formal courses for all the possible professions in the word. No blogger went to blogging school, right? And this leads us to the next topic:

  1. The profession of our dreams simply didn’t exist.

Technology be praised! It opened up so much space for innovations that professions that didn’t exist until a short time ago are now on the rise! Marketing Analysts, Social Media Analysts, specialists in SEO, Digital Producers, Affiliates, App Developers and Big Data Analysts are professionals that were very rare or didn’t even exist 10 years ago. And this is a natural cycle, that will continue to happen as society moves forward.

  1. Success is a synonym of the corporate world.

Or this is what we used to believe in. Through the years, I found out that success is something personal and specific for each person. Some people need prestige, recognition and a very high salary to be happy. And there are those who think success is doing what they love the most, regardless of the money they make in return. And there are those who dream of being able to work from home and spending more time with their families. The list goes on.

When I found out that the strict hierarchy of major corporations was not for me, for a moment I thought there was something very wrong with all of that. I would never fit in an area and do something I was really passionate about. And fortunately, I was wrong once again.

What can we make of this so far? That it is extremely easy to pick the wrong career! And you should not blame yourself for it. As you can see, there are many obstacles, things in the way that cloud our judgement.

My personal situation was, then: I was very curious about the world, I liked writing, but I didn’t know how to turn all that into a profession. Definitely, it wouldn’t be by becoming a journalist. And that really bothered me!

I had, then, to identify if I had really chosen the wrong career, or if I was just a young rebel without a cause that didn’t want to work.

If you relate to my situation so far, I’ll tell you all the questions I made to come to a useful conclusion, which led me to take action in relation to my professional situation.

How to know if you have picked the wrong career?

That’s all you can think of.

The important thing for you is that your salary will be deposited in your bank account. Of course, paying the bills is very important, but if this is your only focus, you have 29 unhappy days waiting for that one day you receive your salary.

You complain a lot.

Here, you need to be honest and admit that you do complain. With your friends, family, and whenever you have an opportunity, you say how much you don’t like your job, and how you would quit if you could. First, admit it, and then read on for the next topics may enlighten you.

You are constantly looking for alternatives.

You would really like to do something else for a living, something that would be more pleasant, but you can’t quite put your finger on what that would be. Or still: you already know, but you are afraid of taking the risk, since you would have to start everything all over again and this would be very hard.

You are stuck in time.

If you have been doing the same time for a very long time, without motivation to learn more, do more, beware! This sign of complacency can be a serious indication that you don’t really like what you do and your comfort zone has been protecting you from this fact.

You lack purpose.

Of course, finding purpose in life can be extremely difficult. But if you only work in order to pay the bills, you certainly don’t have purpose. As restless as I am, I’m always trying renew my purposes. And they are never linked to money. Money can be a means to realize your dream, but it should never be the ultimate goal.

You can never meet expectations.

At this point you should be very careful and be able to tell if the career you chose is really the wrong one for you, or if you are merely dragging your feet. No other career will be a walk in the park. And if it was, what would be the fun in that?

I had all these symptoms and came to the conclusion that solving this problem was an urgent matter. And, in a stroke of luck, or because I was really making an effort to find a cool career, a friend of mine introduced me to online Content Marketing. And then everything changed. EVERYTHING.

It was a brand new world, so dynamic, where things are updated so quickly, that I wanted to learn as fast as I could, because it was so much fun. And it still is. Some years have passed and even now I feel like everything is new.

After sometime working in the area, I ended up at Hotmart.

And Hotmart’s mission it to make it possible for people to make a living out of their passions. Coincidence? (If you don’t know Hotmart, click here.)

This is why I’m sharing my story with you. Just like I found my passion, I want other people to find theirs, and make a living out of what they really love!

In the end of this journey, I want to show you some essential points for you to discover what your passions are.

  1. Have you noticed that when you are in love, you can’t stop talking about the person? Finding out what you love doing the most is somehow similar. Think about the subjects you love talking about, looking into and lose track of time when you are reading about them.
  1. Think about the activities you have complete control over, and you don’t need any help to do. And even when you come across an obstacle, you have no trouble overcoming it. Think, for example, about the activities people ask you to teach them.
  1. Consider all the options. If you find out you are on the wrong path, don’t panic. It doesn’t matter if you have to start all over again. Consider changing the are you work in, your job, why not? Many users at Hotmart changed the careers they were in for years to become entrepreneurs in the area they liked the most, even without knowing how to do this kind of business. They learned how to become Affiliates or Producers and discovered a world of opportunities. Just like them, learn how to become an entrepreneur! There is a taboo that in order to do it, you need a high investment, but this is not always the case. Think about how  your talents can change the way you deal with your career.
  1. Be realistic. Regardless of the career you choose, there will be ups and downs. It is humanly impossible to have incredible days for the rest of your life. And this cannot bring you down, OK?
  1. Make sure the possible passion you chose leads to a purpose. Purposes are clear objectives that make you happier, more complete, fulfilled. There are no limit of purposes, you can find out you have many, if you really intend to pursue them. It may be starting a business that will have a positive impact on the lives of many people, having a family, traveling the world, having a house or anything that is truly important to you. If your career helps you reach them, it is a strong sign that you are on the right path.
  1. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Being able to deal with mistakes in a rational way is an essential ability to evolve and the more experience you have, the more assertive your decisions will be.

Throughout my journey, before I realized that I really loved working with content marketing, I was also a dance instructor, I started a YouTube channel about music and opened a clothing ecommerce. I considered all the options. They were all very cool, but none of them made as much sense to me as my current job does.

After writing down all the objectives I wanted to achieve in life, I found out that luck had nothing to do with it in this journey. It was persistence, questioning myself and a considerable amount of patience.

When I was being interviewed for the job, I told one of the recruiters that I would love to make a significant impact on the lives of three people. Well, if this text makes sense to at least three people, I will be extremely happy!

If you are one of them, don’t hesitate to let me know, and share this post so that more people can ponder about their professional choices.

I hope the phrase “make a living out of your passions” make as much sense to you as it does to me, to my colleagues and users.