‘What do I want to do with my life?’
This question trips a lot of people up. It still messes with me, from time to time.
But, if you think about it, it’s the wrong question.
School programmed us to think about the what. Our schedule was organised so that we gained skills in certain topics and subjects, just the right balance of each.
University only takes this idea further. You choose one area of knowledge and study that for three, four, or seven years.
When you enter the working world, you try to find a job that matches your what. You work anywhere that needs people with your particular skills.
And you end up dissatisfied and confused. You try to search for another what, but the pattern keeps repeating.
The problem is the question; we focus on the wrong W.
Some people don’t have a burning passion for their work, it’s just a job they do to pay the bills, and yet they still enjoy most of their days.
Why? The people.
They’ve lucked in to an environment filled with people they enjoy being around, people they enjoy serving.
Imagine if we were intentional about who we wanted to be around.
Imagine if we chose what to learn based on how much value it would bring to the people we care about the most.
Imagine how resilient we’d be to technological and political change if we focussed on the who instead of the what.
Our education would be different, our work would be different and our lives would be different.
All because we changed ‘What do I want to do with my life?’ into ‘Who do I want to serve with my life?’