Have you ever struggled with a mathematics or physics problem? If so, you know that finding the right answer can take numerous calculations, additional research, and experimentation. In the end, you’re far more likely to come up with the wrong answer several times before actually discovering the right one. And by the time you solve the equation(s), you might realize there are several more parts to the problem! But if you’re struggling like this, maybe the problem goes beyond your analytical problem-solving skills: maybe you aren’t happy solving the problem in the first place.
When I was growing up I excelled at math and science, so naturally my parents always pushed me towards those subjects. Finally, by the time I was off to college studying some form of engineering seemed like a natural fit. But despite learning a lot I wasn’t really happy in school. I felt that things would eventually get better, though, and that one day I would do exactly what I wanted to do. Maybe the problem is that when you are younger, you don’t really know what it is that you want to do, so you should try as many things as possible to find your way. As I got older there seemed to be so much more to life than my immediate world of math and computers that could only be found by exploring new cultures, art, technology, and books outside of the classroom or work.
Despite gaining such valuable knowledge in my previous endeavours, after graduating college and working an engineering job I knew it was time to explore everything else the world has to offer. I wanted to solve problems that addressed issues on a global scale, so eventually I started an online business and became a writer. By taking up things I was passionate about I learned an important lesson: if you’re not happy doing what it is you’re doing today, you’re probably not going to be happy down the line tomorrow, either! It doesn’t matter how much money you make, how famous you are, or the title you have: being content with your life’s work, regardless of what your work brings with it, comes first. In other words, you have to feel satisfied not just by the result, but also by how you got there. By becoming an entrepreneur have I solved all my problems and do I consider myself truly happy? Not yet, but I like the path I’m traveling on which included writing about and hoping to bring attention to a new project that could give everyone in the world access to the Internet just today!
“Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.” – Roy Goodman <Tweet This>
Are you doing what makes you happy right now? If not keep trying new things until you find something that feels worthwhile!