Uncertainty is OK

by Martin Reed on 6 June 2007 in Snippets

I recently received an email from Andras, who told me he was an educator at a dormitory in the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Hungary.

In the email, he asked me what one thing I wish I had been told when I left school. I had to think about this for a while, but I soon came up with my answer.

Uncertainty is OK

I replied that the single thing I wish I had been told when I left school was that it’s OK to not know exactly what you want to do with your life.

There would have been far less pressure on me to define a career path if I was told this, and I wouldn’t have felt like such an outcast because I didn’t know what direction I wanted to take with my life.

Uncertainty can offer new experiences and directions

Looking back, I am glad that I had this uncertainty as without it, I have no doubt that I would not have lived, travelled and worked in a number of countries around the world and enjoyed all the associated benefits of such an experience.

I would not have met the people I did, had the experiences I enjoyed, and ended up with the outlook on life that I currently have.

How about you?

What was the one thing you wish you were told when you left school? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

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Smiley June 7, 2007 at 1:11 am

I don’t think anyone knows what they want to do with their life after school. Infact, I’d be worried if they did!

I mean, we leave school at what? 16-18? There’s another 50-60 years of life to go yet. How boring is it to know your ENTIRE future at 16-18?

“I’ll be doing this for the next 50 years, then die, bored”

I’d rather not know and not worry about the future, but embrace the freedom of being able to choose any path you come across.

Daniel McLean June 7, 2007 at 2:07 pm

At 30 i’m only just starting to get a sense of what I want out of life let alone a career!

The best advice I could of had was that failure is the path to success.

I’ve always tried too hard to succeed and have in the past waited for all my ducks to be lined up before going for something. I’m now more comfortable with going for things and being prepared to learn the lessons of failure.

Martin Reed June 7, 2007 at 4:17 pm

Smiley – Thanks for your comment. I think it is important to have goals, but these can come at the end of an uncertain journey. Uncertainty can be exciting, and that is what life should be about!

Daniel – Thanks for your contribution. I couldn’t agree more – I don’t think you can be truly successful without going through some kind of failure.

Life is one long learning process – if we have it all mapped out before us, where is the fun in living?