“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”
Roy T. Bennett

Easy But Difficult? part 2.

When do you realize what you really want to do and to be in this life?
I think that INDEPENDENTLY OF YOUR AGE (excluding children of course), the best steps you can follow to find your way will be the following:

Stop thinking that you don’t know what to do. Those thoughts are just going to make you unable to go on because of the kind of
“I can’t X” and “I’m lost/useless” loop.
Everyone needs to do some self-criticism sometimes, but it should be constructive.
So, remember: what’s really useless is to think that you’re useless, instead, think about changing it!

Start thinking about what you like in your everyday life. This doesn’t mean that you have to find what academic option should you take but to find what hobbies and activities fill your life. Try to be deep when you’re thinking about it (we all love to eat and sleep).
Then, if you want, think about the best academic way to reach those activities (it’s more important to study something that you will enjoy and be good at, than something that you should take but doesn’t attract you).

Be curious! If you like something (whatever: quantum mechanics, cooking, poetry, music, …) stop thinking now because the thinking part of the process has finished.

Start trying! We don’t like to experience failure and that’s why we never try new activities: because new means risky and the possibility of feeling like a complete moron.
And that’s the trap:
If we never experience the fear of ignorance we will never become intelligent! And remember that everything that matters in your life takes time so just try to achieve something new, with effort, interest, and patience everything can be done.

Start a project: Ok, now that you know better what are you going to try to do the way to start is to test which one of the various ways of presenting the information engages you more. There are MOOCs for a wide range of areas (at Udacity, EdX, Coursera, etc), YouTube videos, blogs, forums, apps… Just Google it.
Also, don’t forget the books. The best way to start something new is to get a broad idea of the outlook through articles and videos in order to get some definitions and vocabulary and then just jump into a personal project (something that would be useful for you or the ones around you, something that will motivate you).
It will be hard at the beginning and you will face lots of problems that you didn’t even know that existed, but thanks to that you will be fascinated about how much you are learning.

Try to understand the meaning of things: we live nowadays in a world full of elements that form part of our lives but we don’t even try to understand really (economy, laws, politics, technology, art). We have so much information out there that we are probably the less curious generation of the history of humanity instead of making clever use of the resources we have.

So, as I said in step 3, be curious about whatever that goes across your mind!
Finally, be positive and think that when you want, you can.
And remember: everyone has great ideas but only the ones who try to make them possible are the ones who succeed.
Good luck!
Isn’t all that easy? If it doesn’t seem, try it anyway and results will show who and what is right.

All the best and great success wishes,
Maya

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