Chapter 1: Floating Along
What do you do when you finally wake up to your talents and abilities and you are 33 years old? Who do you tell your dreams to when your peers are working, starting families, and seem to have found their niche in life? What do you do with the loneliness of indecision at such a late age? How do you stop the grinding of your soul begging for more from you, and you don’t know where to start? Welcome to my world, 9 years ago. I finally got to the point where I felt I had to do something I really wanted to do with my life. You see, I fell under that category of a person that has many talents, but hasn’t found where they should fit in society. When this happens, you rarely develop any of your talents; they just sit dormant as you stare off into space hoping for an answer. Years ago I started to read a ton of books about success, business people, and things written by people who have found their “thing” in life. These readings inspired me to really go for “it.” But what was “it?” Did I want to be a doctor, lawyer, continue to be a high school teacher, or do something else?
I found that my classroom and coaching duties were fulfilling, but there seemed to be this limit to what I could accomplish and be awarded while in those roles. I watched as many of my friends were having success in life, and I wondered, how do they know what they want to do?
How do we discover what we want to do in a world where those that know what they want to do have a leg up, and seem to get there faster? Why do most of us float around, even though we have college degrees, for decades before we find something that really causes us to jump out of bed in the morning and go for it in life? I don’t know about where your confusion level started, but I know that mine started in high school.
While in high school, I realized that my life plan wasn’t going to be the status quo of picking a major and entering the workforce in that field. There were so many things I was interested in, and pretty good at doing, that when it came down to picking a college and a major, I froze and went with what I had always been doing; visual art. I had no real understanding of how to turn that into a rewarding career, or find a job in that field; I just assumed it would happen. As I developed and moved along to another college, I found myself saying things like, “I like ______________”, or “I think _____________ would be cool.” Not the best way to grow and develop the skills necessary to live the life that you desire. Those blanks were filled with many different thoughts.
This is a part of chapter one from my book Learning Curve: How to Prepare For Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going by Pierce Brunson. Every Monday and Thursday for the next 12 weeks I will share parts of the book starting today 3/17/2014. The next shares will come from my new book Rock The Crowd (Wednesday/ Friday Schedule starting 4/21/2014), a book that helps teachers give the best performances of their life as they teach their students.
Learning Curve: How To Prepare for Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going is dedicated to helping the high school student that desires success in life but doesn’t know exactly what they want to do or how to do it. During this confusing and stressful time most students just pick a college major or get a job and just hope things work out. Well, that strategy is terrible! The best strategy includes learning and adding the characteristics in this book to one’s personality so that as the right opportunities come along the student can take hold of them. Learning Curve is the jumpstart information that helps teens prevent a lifetime of wishing, “if only someone would have told me”, once valuable opportunities have gone away.
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My name is Pierce Brunson and my focus in life is to make the high school experience more valuable, rewarding, and memorable for students and teachers through quality product and service development.