That’s the first of six career advice points Daniel Pink makes in his book The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need.
If you’re going to plan, make sure you start with something you actually enjoy. This means you should explore an innate interest in something rather than following a linear path based on what you studied in college.
I studied International Affairs in college but went into the music business because that’s the type of stuff I liked doing naturally: making music and marketing. I also trust that the global aspect of my major, not necessarily the politics, will play a part in my business career.
Careers are about mix and matching what you know with what you actually like doing. School gives you the fundamentals for long-term success, such as building awareness of other subjects and indicating strengths and weaknesses. Are you a better at writing, building stuff, or math? Rarely can one excel at all skill sets.
School is the best time to see what comes naturally. Once you start working, interests get buried by economic reality: you need money to survive!
Don’t plan ahead without knowing yourself first. Once you get into a natural fit, that’s when you can just flow with the curve balls life throws at you.
Erik Barker summarizes the remainder of Pink’s steer tips.
2. Think strengths, not weaknesses.
3. It’s not about you.
4. Persistence trumps talent.
5. Make excellent mistakes.
6. Leave an imprint.