Do you have a hard time deciding what type of college degree you should go for? Or maybe you’ve already received your degree but realize you might have picked the wrong one.
It’s okay to change your mind. After all, part of the process of finding that job you love is discovering which jobs you hate.
But what if you have absolutely no idea what career path you should be going down? It’s frustrating. Luckily, I have one question that can help you make this decision.
Ready for it?
What Would You Do If You Won the Lottery?
What would you do with your life if you won the lottery? And I’m not talking about a small amount of money — think about winning $300 million.
You’d never have to work again. But that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t.
Nobody wants to sit around watching reruns of Keeping Up With the Kardashians for the rest of their lives — they want to live a meaningful, productive life.
Without thinking about money, what would you do with your free time?
Let’s look at a hypothetical example to bring this into perspective.
Meet Anna. She’s 27 years old and has just received lottery winnings of $300 million. She’s set for life. And so are her kids and her kids’ kids. Now that she doesn’t have to work for money, she’s starting to get seriously bored.
She needs to bring meaning to her life.
She’s always had a love for animals so she donates a boatload of cash to animal shelters and starts volunteering her time. She spends several hours each day at the animal shelter.
Formulating the Answer
Now, assuming that Anna didn’t really win the lottery and does need to support herself financially, where’s the happy medium?
Since she truly enjoys being surrounded by animals but also needs to bring in a decent income, Anna could have become a veterinarian.
But what about you?
Maybe you wouldn’t want to spend your time helping animals. That’s okay. But if you didn’t have to worry about money, what would you do with all of your time?
Now turn that into a successful career.
Tap into Your Inner Child
Don’t be afraid if your answers sound crazy. The crazier the better.
You know how your parents always told you that you could become anything you wanted when you grew up? Well, if you’re living in the U.S., it’s certainly true. (Okay, maybe this wouldn’t necessarily apply if you said mermaid or pop star, but I think you get the picture.)
I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. You have to be willing to commit the time and put in tons of hard work.
But the plain and simple truth is that if you put excuses aside and stop worrying about what other people think, you can have a happy, meaningful career.
What would you do with your time if you won the lottery?