I don’t often write articles, as I typically find that most topics have been done and in some cases overdone. However, there is one topic that comes to my mind as I watch our bloated political process, and discussions about common core, education reform, and similar subjects. A topic that is near and dear to my heart is simply this – Don’t be limited by someone else’s limitations or expectations.
If I had one piece of wisdom (I hope it is wisdom – you can be the judge of that) to share, my wish would be to impart this to all those who are trying to decide a career path. Maybe you are in high school and trying to decide what to study at your college of choice. Maybe you are in college, and are trying to decide on a major, or are coming upon graduation and trying to decide a career path. Or maybe you’re mid-career, and are not finding fulfillment in your current career path. Whatever the case, the same applies – don’t be limited by someone else’s limitations or expectations.
Almost 40 years ago, I sat in a Guidance Counselors offiice in Chillicothe, OH, and listened to someone I had great respect for tell me that my best career option was to be a factory worker. This was his conclusion based on the ASVAB (Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery) tests we had done a few weeks earlier. While some 15 or 16 year old students would have accepted this and probably became a factory worker, I already knew at that age that I did not – I had greater aspirations.
Don’t get me wrong – I have nothing but respect for those who chose then, and who choose now, to work in manufacturing, or in skilled trades (Electricians, Plumbers, Carpenters, etc.), and for those who choose a career in the service of our great country in the military. My point is not to diminish those career choices. These are the people who made America great, and continue to make America great. My point is to say to whomever may read this – Don’t be limited by someone else’s limitations and expectations.
Fast forward 40 years – Over the past 40 years, I’ve worked in the Construction industry, the Insurance industry, and for most of the past 30 years, in Information Technology. The decision I made, based on my vision for my life, has provided me with a very fulfilling career, and a very happy life with my wife of 35 years.
So, back to the title of this post – Reach for the sky!
Decide what you want to do in your career, and your life, and then pursue it with passion! From my experience, this is the key to a very happy career, and a very happy life.
Note: This article may also be found on my blog at https://www.jamieadennis.com/blog
About the author
I’m just a Southern Ohio boy, born and raised in Chillicothe, OH (about 45 miles south of Columbus on US Route 23). I now reside in Delaware, Ohio, and love it here. I’ve traveled widely, worked in many organizations of varying sizes, and learned something every step of the way.
I do not claim to be an expert on anything – I reserve that title for those who create and improve technology, but I’ve been successful throughout my career by applying common sense to complex problems, whether those be technology problems or people problems. I continue to learn on a daily basis, which is the nature of a career in Information Technology.