The question is about the change in behavioral traits that one needs to bring about in order to pursue an unconventional career.
.Many a times, we keep postponing the pursuit of some unconventional journey – hobby, career, initiative etc- thinking that one should wait for the right moment . The definition of “right moment” might vary – it could be completion of some important conventional objectives , waiting for society to change, complaining of lack of resources or simply that one is bitten by the procrastination bug !!.
So the question is – In a world where demand on your time to fulfill conventional goals is increasing day by day, where people only salute the rising sun , how does one go about pursuing an unconventional journey without compromising on the necessary things that ought to be done any way ?
- Rahul Jain asked 3 years ago
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You mentioned that we wait for the “right moment” and that the definition of right moment may vary. I will try to give you some suggestions using the very examples of “right moment” you gave. Here goes:
1. Completion of some important conventional objectives
There are many conventional objectives that we need to fulfill – for example, go to college, get a job, get married, have kids, take care of kids, provide for families, take care of parents etc. But there are some conventional objectives that are forced upon us by society and are not essential – for example, buy a fancy car (you can buy a less expensive car), throw an expensive wedding for your kids (you can host a low-key affair), travel to exotic places (you can have equal amount of fun on a lower budget). So make sure you take care of the essential conventional objectives, but be wary of forcing unessential conventional objectives on to yourself.
Next — people have proved that you can pursue unconventional pursuits even while taking care of conventional objectives. Chetan Bhagat, Arnab Ray, and Bhomesh Sharma are some examples of such people that I listed at this link. These people have achieved considerable success, but they did start small at one point. The important part is not being supremely successful, but in fighting to follow your dreams.
So this reason is taken care of. Let’s go on to the next.
2. Waiting for society to change,
Society will not change by itself. Society will change when you change. Society is what you make of it.
I know that these are big words that are easy to say but difficult to practice. But regardless of how difficult it is to achieve, we should aim to achieve a better society. And we, as an individual, will need to change to affect a change in society.
OK, on to the next example..
3. Complaining of lack of resources
When it comes to the fulfillment of individual aspirations, there are a ton of resources available today. The internet (the social and “unsocial” aspects of it) are huge enablers. The Internet enables jewelry makers in Indonesia to sell their wares all around the world (etsy.com). An EXCEL blogger earns a six-figure income by working from home in India (chandoo.com). Democratic revolutionaries can get their voice heard where the state used to control all forms of press (the Arab Spring).
There are demerits to this age — there is a huge amount of distraction due to this information overload. But there are plenty of resources to tap.
4. … simply that one is bitten by the procrastination bug
Ah! This one is the toughest one to beat.
Everyone procrastinates… I do too.
But every so often I remember that there is a whole undiscovered world out there. I have seen other people journey to that undiscovered world. It is a world of personal fulfillment, and freedom of spirit. It is a world where entrepreneurs, artists, and intrepid explorers thrive. I have met some of these people in real life. Many, I have just read about, or I have read books by them.
And whenever I remember the stories of these people, I think that if I act upon the ideas in my head, I may be able to enter that world.
Some people think that I am overly optimistic… That we are meant to live in the cycle of perpetual state of being in the rat race (corporate or social).
But I persevere in my dreams. I think that my journey has just started, and that the true way to live is to follow your dreams. And for that, we must act on our ideas, whenever we can. We definitely can procrastinate a bit, but not forever.
[As in my other answers, I try to put in a funny image or quote. While building an unconventional career can probably never be done in 1 minute, the following pic is funny nevertheless]
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