Are You Following a Cookie Cutter Career Path?


Max Jacobs
I had just gotten home from another 12 hour day at work and I felt like I was starting to ‘live for work’ rather than ‘work to live’. It just didn’t seem sustainable to continue working a job that I didn’t love. So I started watching a bunch of TED Talk videos hoping to find some answers. A good friend recommended the below video and I’m so grateful that he did. This video literally changed my life.


Listening to Steve Jobs triggered some seriously powerful emotions that evening. It was one of those moments in your life where you just know everything is going to change from here on out.

Here is the part that resonated with me the most.


“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

It is a fact that our time is limited. We only have one shot at this experience called life. So why do most people follow such a similar life and career path? We go to school, get a nice job, buy a nice car, buy a house, work really hard for the majority of our lives trying to pay off all these ‘things’ and then retire when we are less capable.

I remember sitting in many university lectures thinking, ‘there’s only a handful of courses my university offers but thousands of students. Surely we don’t all want to follow the same career path.’

From a young age, we believe this is normal to follow the path society sets out for us. And from experience it seems that your career path determines your life path. But one day you will realise that you want the freedom to do more, see more and be more. Something almost impossible following a cookie cutter career path.

But I have a solution for you.


Become The Artist And Scientist Of Your Life


We all have our whole lives ahead of us but again many are about to follow a path society has set out for them. That path being; go to school, find a good job, work really hard and then retire. Instead of following this common path, why don’t you do all the things you have always wanted to do. Make your wildest dreams come true and follow your own path!

And so I strongly urge you to become the artist and scientist of your life.

Firstly you want to become the artist. Imagine painting a beautiful painting and no matter what you paint, it is unique to ONLY YOU because YOU envisioned it. This is how I believe you should look at the rest of your life. Become the artist and create the life you want. Imagine absolutely everything; the wild adventures, the places you go, the people you meet, the city you will live in and the once in a lifetime experiences you are going to seek out. Paint this picture.

It doesn’t matter if your current painting is dull and boring and maybe looks and feels meaningless, you still have the power to start from scratch with a blank canvas, some new colours and let your imagination run wild!

Secondly you want to also become the scientist of your life. What I mean by this is that you want to take your painting masterpiece and begin to research and experiment ways to make it a reality. Take massive action towards making this dream of yours come true. Try new things, challenge yourself, take yourself outside your comfort zone time and time again until there is absolutely nothing in this world that frightens you.

You have the power to live whatever life you want. We all have the same potential, some are just willing to take more action than others. Be the person that takes massive action!

Become the artist and scientist of your life.

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