As a young child, we are asked “what do you want to be when you get older?” It is drilled into us at a young age that we are to know what we want to be or the work we want to accomplish decades from our current age.
Time goes on and we potentially change our focus, sometimes multiple times, based on our experiences and environment. For me, as a young child, I wanted to be a teacher. I had a vision of having the ability to shape the future through teaching. Years later, I fell in love with the arts and wanted to be a photography director for film then my theater experience came along and my focus changed again.
After graduating high school and beginning my college experience I stumbled upon a job posting for an accounting clerk. I figured “well math has always come easy to me so I will apply”. Never in a million years did I realize 18 years later I would still be in finance. My love was, is, and will always be the arts. So how did I end up continuing down this path of finance?
Many of us have an idea of how we see our lives playing out. Some follow the paths of others they emulate and others create their own path. What I have realized during my time in finance and healthcare is that my struggle and denial for continuing down this path has not only allowed me to push myself further but has allowed me to still pursue my passions and goals while creating a path of success for others.
Through this journey, it has allowed me to develop an appreciation and determination to embrace my unintentional future. A few things I have learned during this journey include the following:
1. Do not doubt your ability to create a unique experience
2. Do not be afraid to step outside the traditional path
3. Transformation begins with you
Do not doubt your ability to create a unique experience.
Through my years, I have always compared myself to others thinking they have more experience or knowledge than I do, so how can I have an impact? What I failed to tell myself is that no one has lived my life, had the challenges and successes that I have endured. Through our personal experiences lies our greatest accomplishments.
Do not be afraid to step outside the traditional path.
It is not about coloring outside the lines but creating your own picture. Too often we follow the traditional path because that is what we are told to do. We follow the path of others we emulate. But what qualities do you have that others do not possess? What experiences and education do you bring to the table? In order to step outside the traditional path one must transform their mindset, point of view.
Transformation begins with you.
To fully embrace your unintentional future, you must first look inside yourself. There is a give and take approach, a self-compromising decision. For as much as I denied the continuation of my financial professional path, it was not until I understood the opportunities in front of me that I began to feel a sense of empowerment towards my future. Sometimes we have to take a step back and truly analyze our opportunities.
Embracing my unintentional future did not mean I removed everything else I have a passion for. On the contrary, it has allowed me to create space that otherwise was a void in my life.