Saturday, November 10, 2012
Does Destiny Scare You?
It's been a hectic past couple of weeks filled with conferences, networking/mentoring events and the odd day of Background work on the set of Fringe to top it off. Despite the boyfriend being away, I've managed to find myself as busy as ever; immersed in work projects, making more time for friends and devoting weekends to rehearse for an upcoming Contemporary Dance project.
I was honoured to be asked to participate in the YWIB UBC Sweet Speed Networking event, where I mentored many bright, young women attempting to soak up as much wisdom and advice about their prospective career paths. As they eagerly listened to my experience and life choices, I couldn't help but reminisce of being in their exact shoes nearly a year prior - on the brink of graduation and feeling utterly lost and anxious; fearful of the unknown and confused as to where my life would take me. I can't say these feelings ever fully dissipate, but to know that in trusting your abilities and the connections you make, things will seemingly fall into place as they should.
Along this same topic of success, great careers and finding satisfaction in your job and life, I stumbled upon the TedX video above, which neatly explores the concept of how we prevent ourselves from achieving greatness. I know I've personally made excuses and have shot down opportunities because of whatever reason or excuse I've made, and I won't be the first to confess that it's a hard habit to break. I'm constantly in the process of goal setting and determining my 5 and 10 year plan, but with a hectic schedule, it's been increasingly difficult to carve out the time to buck up and explore outside my comfort zone (<< catch that excuse right there?).
Overwhelmed by the tug-a-war in my mind, it's hard to know whether what I'm currently doing is where I should really be. Don't get me wrong, I love what I do and I am beyond passionate abou the brand that I work for, but there are always moments when I ask the what-if's and allow the burning curiosity of the unknown to consume me. Regardless of whether this unexplored industry in question is the appropriate fit, at least pursuing a career in this field will grant the opportunity to cross it off my bucket list and acknowledge that I've explored all my options...without excuse or regret.