This shouldn’t be in the temp forum, but who am I to question the will of the gods? Or did Nama put it here 'cos she thought it wasn’t important? Wrong, babe, way wrong. There really isn’t much more important in the world than what we do with our lives.
- Is the career you believe you want acutally what you think it is?
- Have you really got what it takes to do it, or are you just in fantasy land?
- If you have what it takes then what’s stopping you?
Speaking personally, I have to admit that I spent my high-school years believing that my career was pretty much mapped out. Not only was I wrong about whether I was up to the job, I also came to realise that I actually knew very little about what was expected of me in the job (which may be why I wasn’t prepared for the challenges). Looking back, I’m happy that things didn’t work out as planned. It wasn’t what I really wanted.
Since then, especially whenever the subject of ‘self-improvement’ comes up I have found myself questioning the belief that we can all be whatever we can dream. There’s a huge industry built around encouraging people to believe they can do better than they can in reality. It’s good to be positive about yourself, because nobody else will if you don’t, but in examining what’s holding you back it’s important to acknowledge limitations that may be insurmountable.
I don’t know what Nama’s dream job is and can’t comment on her suitability for it, this is just a general observation.
Prince Charles got into trouble a while back for airing similar views.
[quote]Remarks by the heir to the throne were published during an employment tribunal involving former staff member Elaine Day.
Miss Day had complained to the Prince about prospects for her promotion.
The Prince responded with a handwritten note saying: "What is wrong with everybody nowadays?
“What is it that makes everyone seem to think they are qualified to do things far beyond their technical capabilities?”
He goes on to blame the “learning culture in schools” and a “child-centred system which admits no failure” and tells people they can achieve greatness without “putting in the necessary effort or having the natural abilities”. [/quote]
He clarified his comments later in a speech.
[quote]“For the last 30 years, I have done all I can to give young people who have limited opportunities, usually through no fault of their own, a chance to succeed.”
“Often all that is needed is the right help at the right time for them to make the most of [their God-given ability],” he said.
“What these young people have in common is not just a natural talent, but the determination to succeed through hard work. That is the combination that breaks down the barriers to success.”
"Not everyone has the same talents or abilities, but everyone, with the right nurturing, can make a real difference to their communities and to the country.
"Ambition is a good thing and should never be constrained by a person’s starting point in life and people must be encouraged to fulfil their aspirations in ways that recognise their different abilities and talents." [/quote]