I want to talk today about feeling lost. I feel that a lot of young people today get so wound up about not knowing where they are heading or feeling that their lives are passing by and they haven't yet made progress towards developing a career.
During my recent trip to Thailand, I often got lost and it was the best experience. I found that by getting lost, I stumbled across things that I would not have found if I had planned each day. This is the same in life. Opportunities come along to those who are prepared to get out of their comfort zone, to explore new territories, to try new things, to learn new skills, to read new books, to meet new people.
On my second day in Bangkok, I caught a subway train to Sukdavit, one of the many stations dotted around the city landscape of Bangkok. Once I arrived at Sukdavit, I explored the local area on foot including Asoke. I stumbled across a mini Chinatown, then spotted a boat travelling up the canal system. I hopped on one of these boats and purchased a ticket to Bangkapi, only because it had (The Mall) written in brackets beside the destination. After realising I had got onto a boat heading in the opposite direction, I soon got off and made my way around to a pier on the opposite side of the river and caught the correct boat. On arriving at Bangkapi, I was blown away by the size of this shopping mall. I have previously been to Beijing and Hong Kong and couldn't remember seeing a mall as big or as diverse as this one.
When I was up in Northern Thailand, I would hire a motor scooter for the day and just head into the hills and basically get lost. On one of these trips I spotted a road sign saying Doi Mae Salong which rang a bell with me. I turned off and headed up into the hills coming across hill tribe villages I had read about when researching Northern Thailand before leaving for my trip.
It was days like these that I enjoyed the most, as I had no expectations, no plans and just basically followed my nose.
I believe this strategy works just as well in real life. As long as we are constantly exploring new places, new friendships, different jobs etc, we will, without doubt come across new opportunities.
To experience success we must know what it's like to fail. To find ourselves, we first need to experience the feeling of being lost. A lot is written about finding your passion, but I believe that you first need to find yourself and know who you really are. Once you have built an intimate knowledge of who you are, then you will find passion in what you choose to do.
I am currently developing a course which will take people through the process of knowing who they are and identifying what type of work will suit them best, but if you would like to explore this subject in the meantime please feel free to download a copy of the Workbook "Discover your Passion and Purpose" from my resource library. Just click through on the button on the home page of my website to gain access to the members library.
Warm regards Barry.
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