Many people enter careers based on what they are expected to do. Their tribe put pressure on them, often from a very young age, on what they believe that the person should do. Sometimes the pressure comes when a person is good at something, with the resulting expectation that you should do that forever too much to overcome.
We see this when an individual is a genius at mathematics at school, they are compelled to follow that as a career. When an individual is an expert at football, the thought of doing anything else is unheard of. It seems irrelevant whether or not the individual even wants to pursue what it is they are good at.
You can be good at many jobs in this world. Do what makes you happy, even if it disappoints your tribe or makes you less money. Life is too short to not do what you really want to do or follow the path that is expected of you.
It is never to late to change your career path. People will harass you, saying “you threw it away” or “you wasted your talent”. It is none of their business, it is yours to give away.
So many people have gone to university to begin a career path in one direction. They start this path because of the expectations of others. 16, 17 or 18 years of age is far too young to be forced into choosing your entire future, especially as you are very likely to be under the influence of others at that age.
In his blog ‘The Art of Non-Conformity’, Chris Guillebeau reveals that he has clashed with people asking if he was ready to grow up and get a real job: “To be honest, my first thought of how to respond to that question was not very nice. I don’t have anything against real jobs, but I also have no interest in following a path that I personally find unfulfilling… Thankfully, turning 30 years old did bring about a certain maturity, even if the desire to be like everyone else has remained elusive. Instead of saying what I first thought, I just said, ‘Sorry to disappoint you – but I probably won’t be getting the kind of job you’d like me to have any time soon’… In other words ‘I will not meet those expectations’… The decision is deceptively simple: begin making your own choices, and stand out from many of the people around you. It’s simple because that’s really all there is to it – think for yourself instead of following the crowd, then begin to take actions to align what you do with what you believe.”