Life gives you many opportunities but you might wonder which one among them is the real turning point in your life. It’s the moment There are many situations in life where people will come to you and say,” This is the turning point of your life”. you choose your career or profession. It is a life changing decision and therefore, it is a very difficult and tough decision. What if you don’t make it right? What if I am absolutely wrong? What if I get bored after some time? These thoughts make you sleep deprived and tensed.
Why is it so? The reasons are very simple.
“So, you passed your 10th standard. What’s next? Medicine or engineering?
“Are you mad to choose Humanities after scoring more than 90 percent”.
“What is the point in choosing commerce stream if you don’t have Mathematics”
All these dialogues are only meant to confuse the poor teenagers and their parents. The reality is that even they don’t know about it. But many people lose their passion just because of the social scrutiny. The student himself get discouraged or his parent discourage the student due to the judgmental society. The next major obstacle in the way is the personal scrutiny. Thinking too much on the topic will make you anxious, depressed and sleepless. The very reason for all these worries is comparison that you make yourself or society injects to your head.
The path towards your dream is very difficult and people will obviously say about the hardships in the path. At this point you may start to doubt yourself and quit. Some people are very certain about their aim and future from the beginning. Their confident answers make the uncertain people tensed. It is not necessary that you must have certain answer from the beginning. At this point, all you need is a deep breath and the sense to understand the fact that everyone is different.
There might be many professions which are soothing to your eyes and of course you will be confused. Which is the right one? Well first of all, research about the profession. There is a high chance for you to get discouraged at this point. But you should always check the positives and negatives. The next point is checking whether the negatives are survivable. You should always remember that, “Where this a will, there is a way”.
All these are my words and even after reading this you maybe skeptical. ProTeen comes to your help here. As you go through the ProTeen blogs and Vlogs, you may see articles, true accounts, career advice, interviews, etc. from students, teachers, professionals and mentors. This will help you to boost your confidence and increases your awareness. Look for the best colleges and train yourself with the best opportunities.
Polish your talents to your maximum and you should keep yourself updated about the latest updates. Keeping your goals high, compete with yourself and try to perform well. You can see that you shall soon perform exceedingly well. Last but not the least strong determination and willingness to work hard are the key to success. Even in the times of despair, you should be confident in your strengths and work on your weaknesses. If you are determinant enough, you can overcome even the worse time by utilizing the best opportunities.
Here are some thoughts about choosing the best for you:
You know we always try to reach out the best options. Right from food to our outfit, we try to make choose our level best. What is best for us? How will we actually know? Have you read the famous poem, “The road not taken” by Robert Frost?
“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;”
Whenever life gives you choices, it is very confusing. Choosing between them is not easy. All these choices might look good one way or the other. But which is the right one for you?
What will happen if you end up choosing the wrong one?
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
How will you choose?
First, you must be aware of all the alternatives i.e. you should check whether there is any other road. You shouldn’t miss any opportunity just because you were unaware of it, So, make sure that you have all the option before you.
Next, evaluate each option before you. You should list down all the positives and negatives. You should also consider the best and worst result of choosing this option. After that compare the effort needed, required time period, results, positives, and negatives.
Choose the one which makes you feel very confident and where you actually feel like giving a bit of your effort and time. You must be comfortable in choosing that option. The risk and hurdles involved are natural and you must understand that and must be able to cope up with that. “You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequence of your choice”. This saying must not scare you. You must prepare yourself even for the worst consequence of choosing that option.
You must be eligible enough to get a large number of options. You must work hard and make yourself eligible for any of the options.
Imagine that a student has 4 colleges in his preference list. The first college is an aided national institution. The tuition fee is a nominal amount. The placement and opportunities are very high. But the college is located in a very far remote area. The next is a state level aided institution. The tuition fee is a nominal amount. Placement is also fine. The college is within the capital city. The third is a very reputed private college in the capital city with a decent placement opportunity but the tuition fee is quite high. The fourth institution is a local institution with a very low placement and a moderate amount of fee. The student must score enough marks so that he will get admission to these four colleges. So that he can choose between these colleges.
The most important thing after making a choice is your effort in making that choice right. In the absence of the required effort, can make the best choice, the worst.
Choosing the least opted is never wrong. Even if you choose the worst of all options, the right amount of effort and strategic planning may give you unexpected results.
As Robert Frost said in “Road not taken”,
“I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
You never know what awaits you in the future. Choose wisely. Give your best and be ready to take care of the rest. One choice can change your whole life.
If you’re a good choice maker, you can choose the best emotional responses and choose the best new life paths, forward and upward. – Karen Salmansohn
Best of luck!
Author – Anjana Sunilkumar
I wish someone told me this when I was in school, would not have taken so much of stress.