How do I know what I want do?

My friend asked why I can stay in IT line for long time. (Which I don’t think so.. Because I tried a lot of things and didn’t stay long on one specialization)

I’m easily bored so I tried different activities from time to time or joined different groups.

But there is always a pattern. A pattern that I keep come back to the same activities after trying or hopping to others. So I guess that’s what I actually want to do.

I read an article sometimes back that we all know what we want. But we just don’t want to acknowledge it. And here are my thoughts why we do it:

  • The field on the other side always looks greener. We are tempted by what other said or simply by seeing others looks enjoying it.
  • What we do become a routine. Or worse, chores.
  • Money. Some will think that what we do don’t give us enough money. Or the opposite is, we are pressurized with the responsibility.
  • Lone wolf. Sometimes people see us like strange fellow because what we do or like is not so common. Give it some time, either people will be able to accept it or you may find your interest group.

I think it’s good to try different things. Another friend is quite a jumper too, by trying different fields.

At the end of the day, depends on what are we trying to achieve in our life. What is our priority?

What do you think?

  • sin

    “My friend asked why I can stay in IT line for long time.”

    Besides people who received IT education in Indonesia, I never hear other people, especially foreigners, ask something like this. I think they must have asked it because they don’t like IT very much in the first place, but thought that it would bring a lot of money in the future if they went to IT, which is actually what happens in the rest of the world, especially if you can get into the IT department of banks or investment companies. Sad….

    • My friend was from other field, she thinks that she knows what she wanted but after awhile she wasn’t sure if that’s what she really wants. She asked me do I always know what I want since I’ve been in IT all the time.
      I think to some people they just learn something when they think it will benefit them career wise. Some can tolerate it, but some will feel lost along the way since it’s not their interest 😀
      When I answered her that sometimes I don’t know what I want, she’s surprised 😀
      Cos I think, our interest can change as the time goes
      Or maybe it’s just me? haha

      • sin

        Yes it can, and sometimes it’s wise to follow that change.
        But we tend to feel that other pastures look greener than they are, so be careful.

        It’s always wise to remember what made us choose our current job in the first place. If it’s not what we want anymore, then we might be ready to go on to the next career.

      • Iwan

        One lesson that I received from a friend was that we shouldn’t make any decision (even more: big decision) when you’re in desolation (bad situation).

        Wait until you get a better hold of yourself before making one.

  • sin

    “My friend asked why I can stay in IT line for long time.”

    Besides people who received IT education in Indonesia, I never hear other people, especially foreigners, ask something like this. I think they must have asked it because they don’t like IT very much in the first place, but thought that it would bring a lot of money in the future if they went to IT, which is actually what happens in the rest of the world, especially if you can get into the IT department of banks or investment companies. Sad….

    • My friend was from other field, she thinks that she knows what she wanted but after awhile she wasn’t sure if that’s what she really wants. She asked me do I always know what I want since I’ve been in IT all the time.
      I think to some people they just learn something when they think it will benefit them career wise. Some can tolerate it, but some will feel lost along the way since it’s not their interest 😀
      When I answered her that sometimes I don’t know what I want, she’s surprised 😀
      Cos I think, our interest can change as the time goes
      Or maybe it’s just me? haha

      • sin

        Yes it can, and sometimes it’s wise to follow that change.
        But we tend to feel that other pastures look greener than they are, so be careful.

        It’s always wise to remember what made us choose our current job in the first place. If it’s not what we want anymore, then we might be ready to go on to the next career.

      • Iwan

        One lesson that I received from a friend was that we shouldn’t make any decision (even more: big decision) when you’re in desolation (bad situation).

        Wait until you get a better hold of yourself before making one.