Career+Success

Figuring Out What I’m Good At To Make A Living

Transitioning into working adult life is not easy, to say the least. Not until I got to this stage did the question “What am I doing with my life?” come up in me as a regular occurrence. I graduated from a prestigious university with a Math/Economics degree, took a three year Bible-school detour, and then jumped back into looking for a “real job.”

Do I regret Bible school? No, I don’t, because I learned and grew a lot through that invested time. But after my three year “real world” hiatus, I find myself wondering what I practically need to do to have the financial means to support a family in the foreseeable future.

The way I jumped back into the workforce, which included having to explain to every recruiter and interviewer why I took three years off after getting my Bachelor’s of Science degree from UCLA, was starting with good old temp jobs that I was way overqualified for. Think receptionist/admin jobs galore.

After a few months of that, I finally landed a non-administrative quasi-government job, where I now work. It’s great, but the novelty of it has worn off after just a few months, finding myself once again feeling “underemployed,” knowing I could be doing so much more.

I find myself completing my work way too quickly here, with a lot of extra time to spare, time that I started filling with whatever profitable activity I could think of. One of those activities was (and still is) blogging and reading other blogs.

That got me thinking, again, what am I doing with my life? What’s my direction? How will I continue to make a living, without ending up doing something dull simply because it’s “safe,” when my heart isn’t even in it? Or what if I force myself to be “interested” in a field just because it would lead to more financial peace?

Maybe I’m rebellious, or maybe there’s something in me that is waiting to fulfill a greater “calling” so to speak – recall this post is about how I need to make a living.

Family members who are one, two generations older than me often tell me to do things in the traditional, standard, but surefire way that leads to success. And I do believe what they say absolutely works, but I wonder if that’s the only way – work hard at your current job, go to graduate school, find an even better job and make more money.

Given that I have seen loved ones start and then drop their own businesses, the idea of starting a business doing what I love to do seems like the biggest stretch ever. But something deep down also tells me that no, it’s not actually a big stretch, and that if so many have succeeded, why can’t I?

So I decided I want to give a whack at it – business. Ahh! Meanwhile my mom and fiance think of what I’m trying to brainstorm for would make a good side hobby to help enrich my life, but the real happiness, as my mom tells me, comes from financial peace.

But what if I can attain financial peace by thinking outside the box and going for something no one in my family has ever gone for?

Actually, come to think of it, that’s not true. My 29-year-old cousin who is obsessed with cars was able to drop everything he was doing to open up his own auto shop, which has been doing well for a good number of years now. To him, it’s worthwhile.

Meanwhile, his younger sister has a law degree from NYU and is now married and working. She has always loved reading and all analytical things related to reading, so law school was only the most fitting.

So all of this got me thinking, what AM I interested it? What is my “passion”? But passion in and of itself is not good enough, which brings us back to the title of this post – what am I GOOD at? If I am to start a business and be successful with it, I need to hone in on whatever it is that I’m already very good at doing and find a way to convert that into a positive service rendered to others.

I’ve been brainstorming in my bullet journal and some pretty cool feasible ideas (in my opinion) have been coming up, seemingly out of nowhere. I also have a potential business partner in mind. I’m also watching online videos and invested in online courses targeted to the young entrepreneur audience.

I’m giving myself until the end of 2017 to see how much this little idea can progress. Perhaps I will use this blog as a place where I can share insights I’ve learned. I’m hoping to make my blog content more focused instead of writing about all sorts of topics, so any feedback regarding what content of interest to post is greatly appreciated!

Until next time! Ready, set… BEGIN!

2 Comments

  • Maria Rice

    Hey Amy! I really enjoyed your post! I have a similar experience, I attended a Bible school as well. Now I have a bachelor in theology and a quarter life crisis! Glad to see Iā€™m not the only one! I found you via the Smart Twenties blogging challenge! Looking forward to reading more!

    • Amy

      Wow, hi Maria! Thank you so much for your comment, it’s so comforting to know that I’m not the only one in this position – it’s definitely a struggle to say the least. Let me know if you’d like to keep in touch! šŸ™‚

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