How do I know what I was meant to do? For 10 years I have been trained to think like a marketeer. I have data banks of event management agencies, I can translate client briefs into great communication ideas, I can spot a great ad layout, I can think up out of the box brand promotions. Yet, when I go to a book store I make a beeline for books on interiors, I scan newspapers for articles on interiors and when an editor asks me what subject I would consider free lance writing on, I promptly answer – Interior decoration.
The thing is I graduated college at a time when anyone with reasonably good marks opted for a course in management. There were very few who knew what their real calling was. The rest of us just wanted a good job. That included me. So an MBA it was. There were sporadic bursts of independent thought, like the two years where I ran a home accessories and gift store. But the ravages of reality put a stop to that too.
That brings me round to my original point. I like what I do. I enjoy my work. I am familiar with it. I know what my growth path is. I know that even if I’m not exceptionally brilliant at what I do, there will still be growth based on what I have learnt and delivered so far.
On the other hand, Interior decoration may just be a hobby. It may be so interesting only because I don’t have to make a living out of it. Given the pressure of making money out of it, I may not have been so kicked with it. Maybe, right now it is only a release or escape from the otherwise all-encompassing 9-5 work.
So really, how do I know what I was meant to do? I panicked for a second when she asked me that. Was I really climbing the wrong ladder? But the next day when I went back to office, sat down on a marketing plan, argued my point across with a co worker, I realized I was happy. I looked forward to this. So there was no point in wasting time moping around wondering if I was doing the right thing. It was time to make the best of what I had. And yes, maybe make time for a couple of hobbies on weekends.