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Building Your Career

After finishing 9 years of education in school, then you, like the others, decided to go to a good university. And then 3 years and a half go by, thoughts like “what should I do after this?” start to fill up your head and you have to face a big decision; choosing the path of your career. Pursuing the Ph.D? Starting a startup? Getting Corporate jobs? Becoming a painter? Traveling around the world?

For people who only follow the crowd most of the times, this is a very hard question. There is no set path anymore like going to middle school, high school, and then university. We really have to finally decide the future on our own now. Before you finally decide to go down a path, always remember to enjoy what you do and do what you enjoy. Think about others’ advice and experience, but do not let them make the decision for you.

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life – Confucius

Below are some examples of people who have followed their passion and be successful at it.

Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook

Facebook, who doesn’t know that website? Realizing how great his idea was, he left Harvard to build his own startup which grew and became a huge social network. His advice on building your career:  “You have to really love and believe in what you’re doing. I think that’s the most important thing. If you start to build something … it’s hard and you encounter a lot of challenges. If you don’t completely love and believe in what you’re doing, it actually ends up being the rational thing for you to stop doing it or succumb to some of the challenges, because there will be huge challenges that you face…. Most people have something that they’re super passionate about, and I would just encourage you guys to find that thing.”

Danny Choo – Mirai Inc

From the love of things like anime and manga from Japan, he decided to pursuit those thingsand be successful at them. I am impressed how he got the courage and determination to learn the Japanese language, visiting it several times, and later got his one way ticket to the land of the rising sun. Now he is doing what he likes (Otaku thingy and Japanese culture) and get paid for it. A quick summary from his page, “Danny works with Japanese companies such as figurine/doll manufacturers, anime/game producers, print publishers, e-commerce retailers and the Japanese government to bridge the gap between Japan and the world by aggregating/disseminating information and providing the technical and conventional means to do so.” If you are interested in knowing more about how he built his career, try looking at his website here. These two are the articles where he specifically discuss about his career: Disovering Japan – DannyChoo & Building Career – DannyChoo.

Adam Richman – Man V. Food

Quoting from his profile at Travel Channel, “Growing up in the food Mecca of New York City, Adam Richman began his love affair with food early on, sampling all of the diverse culinary specialties The Big Apple had to offer. From samosas to sushi, even at a young age, Adam had a desire to taste it all. As an undergraduate at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, Adam began a food journal to document the standout food establishments he encountered. Years later, after earning a master’s degree in Fine Arts from Yale University’s School of Drama, Adam traveled the United States satiating two of his life passions simultaneously: acting in regional theatre and subsequently working in nearly every echelon of the restaurant world coast-to-coast. The nature of his work allowed him to feed his appetite for discovering the best local dishes across America — all of which found their way into his ever-expanding food journal.”

If they can, why can’t you? The first step to all of that is to find what is your passion. Here is a little quote that might spark your mind and get your creative juice flowing.

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation – Oscar Wilde

2 comments on “Building Your Career

  1. thaveann
    October 18, 2011

    I wanna rule the world, but I dont know where to start..

  2. veehcirra
    October 19, 2011

    The main problem with most people is finding the right path to follow, it’s true what you that the path after school is not clearly defined but then how do you help people know how to choose the right career for them for example? Where does someone start as Thaveann above has asked? I have also noticed this to be a big problem being that am slowly finding my way too, and am working on coming up with a way of helping people discover themselves. This is a lovely post.

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