The Job For You (Opening Up About Career Choices and Mistakes)

From the age of 5, when I started school, teachers were already telling me to think about what job you want to do. It was always everyday things such as working in a supermarket, being a policeman or a firefighter. Teachers would keep insisting this throughout primary and secondary school, and no jobs appealed to me at all.

I wondered why I couldn’t find anything I wanted to do because I had (and still do have) many passions.

I thought – maybe it’s because I hate being told what to do. Perhaps I don’t want a boss…

Those were some of my first entrepreneurial thoughts.

I also realised how restricted your pay is in the majority of jobs and how you have to go to someone else’s office and work a 9-5 most of the time. Even the higher-paying jobs like a pilot which earn about 80k.

I was initially interested in this because of the money but then thought – so the number of years to train to be a pilot to then be on a good income, but then you cant spend a lot of time with your family and what if you realise you don’t like it. What have you done with the last 5-10 years?

I have always been very concerned about wasting time. If I want to pursue a path, I want to make sure it’s the right one.

I have already made this mistake of trying to do too many things at once and having this ‘shiny object syndrome’ where I find out about something that makes me money, do it for a while then quit for whatever reason.

I was probably one of the most ‘qualified’ 18-year-olds you could find. I’m qualified in UX design, labouring, driving, massaging, accounting, blogging, an English language teacher amongst other personal pursuits such as training for a marathon. But it was ridiculous.

Here is a graph which I think is essential to mention and can be applied to learning anything new.

Credit – AWAI

The idea of this graph is when you find out about something new like copywriting, and you get excited about it, and you think ‘wow that can’t be so bad’. Then you realise it’s a lot of work or learning to do. Then eventually you hit a turning point, and it all comes together.

I took this graph from AWAI. Check out their article here.

Now I need to focus on just one thing that:

  1. I love.
  2. Means I can work on my own terms (even if it means working over 40 hours a week).
  3. Earns me good money that I am in control of.
  4. Gives me the freedom to do what I want, when I want, with who I want.

Otherwise, why live a life where you are always limited. The biggest regret for me when I’m older would be if I didn’t keep pursuing something that complied with those 4 points above.

Here is a section from a book:

“The best copywriters in the world are those who are curious about life, read a great deal, have many hobbies, like to travel, have a variety of interests, often master many skills, get bored and then look for other skills to master. They hunger for experience and knowledge and find other people interesting. They are excellent listeners.”

Joseph Sugarman

I relate my personality, and my past experiences to this entirely, which is why (amongst many other reasons) I think copywriting is the career for me.

Overall, I think it’s such a shame that throughout the school system, there is little to nothing about the entrepreneurial route. It’s all about the typical jobs and sticking with the school system right through to university.

I have delegated to my future self to go to schools and bring awareness to this as a serious lifestyle for the many confused young people, and don’t know what their life could hold for them.

Thanks to the people that made it to the bottom of this post.

I’m curious to find out your thoughts on this.



P.S. If the copywriting career intrigues you, I highly recommend these books:

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3 Comments on “The Job For You (Opening Up About Career Choices and Mistakes)

  1. I would be interested how a school could expand a child to try out their entrepreneurial skills. At school I did business studies which seems a natural fit, but that was more focused on the theory. Something that tests the creativity and encouraging risk taking would be a good start.

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    • Yeah, Inthink the reality is that if the teacher really knew and applied entrepreneurial skills, they wouldn’t be a teacher in the first place. They’d be making more money doing their own thing on their own terms.

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