The famous Greek philosopher, Plato once said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” This famous quote has been remembered through many centuries and remains a commonly quoted saying today. The idea of self-evaluation or reflection is both a practical and a religious one. One’s religious beliefs are that person’s business, and the First Amendment of the Constitution protects them. No one can try to influence you on this unless you want them to.
But it’s a good idea to ask yourself the critical questions so that you can have a better understanding of why we are here and what you hope to accomplish in your lifetime.
Steve Jobs, when he was feeling lost about his direction in life while still at Stanford University, wandered around campus barefooted in hippy attire as though he didn’t know what to do. A professor approached him and tried to get him to choose a major, but he wasn’t interested in anything the traditional colleges had to offer except calligraphy.
He went to India shortly after this and hooked up with a ‘holy man’ who taught he and group of others that they should make the most of time because there would be a day when they would no longer walk this earth. This seemed to remind Jobs of his mortality, and he came home and got into computers with his childhood friend, Steve Wozniak. The rest is history.
Finding one’s purpose in life is perhaps the most important thing someone does in their lifetime. It’s not enough to have a job. You need to be inspired and motivated to be the best that you can be. No one is going to do anything for you. We are all in this world alone. We can get help from others sometimes, but ultimately we have to chart our course.
We can’t complain when things don’t go our way, because it is the choices we make along the way that most predict our destination.
Questions for You
What inspires you to work hard, make positive changes in your life, or start a new career? What is it that helps you stay on the right path to success? Is it a person you look up to? A mentor who helps you learn along the way? A special person who inspires you to greatness? All of those things are fine, but remember that success is in your own hands, and self-evaluation is the first step to that.
As an exercise, ask yourself these questions and answer them as you go about your day. You don’t have to show your answers to anyone else.
- Where am I at right now in my career, relationships, and life?
- Where do I want to be in the next five years, ten years, or more?
- Why do I want to pursue the work I am considering doing?
- How will my life choices benefit me and the things I want?
- How will my life choices benefit others?
- What am I most skilled at? How can I improve?
- What will it take for me to be the best at my profession?
After answering these self-evaluation questions, remind yourself that you can do it if you want to bad enough, then visit some websites and find a college near you to start your search for a career that will be fulfilling and interesting.