Why do you do what you do?

 Josh (@dulalasjosh)5 years, 10 months ago

From kinesiology, to business, to physics, to philosophy, to English (with an option in creative writing)– I’ve changed my major in school so many times. I know of some people who have actually switched majors almost twice as much as I have. The constant switching between majors actually rooted from my struggle to really pin down exactly what I wanted to do with life. But maybe you guys could help me out.

How did you find your passion? Was it through self-reflection? A sudden a-ha moment? 

I’ve no shame in admitting that I am in a bit of a lazy slump and the motivation that I find to keep working hard honestly burns out pretty quickly these days. I’m trying so hard to really analyze and reflect on who I am in order to get a better understanding on what I want to do in the future and what I should study for college. And as a student, figuring out exactly what I want to do in life is just as difficult as picking a major. I know some people believe that what you major in doesn’t really matter, so I guess along with the above question, I’d also like to ask:

What are your views on college degrees? Does it really matter what your major is?

Thank you so much for taking the time to read through all this. Love any and all support from my fellow HEthens, thank you!


November 24, 2015 at 3:36 am
K4RM4 (19) (@K4RM4) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

Here’s a glimpse of articles on HE that have helped me find my path, so check them out and read as much other thought-provoking content on here as you can find.

Search “bliss” on HE and you’ll find this: https://www.highexistence.com/how-to-find-your-bliss-video/?q.id=NBKXrqttacoqQXoy&q.sl=1

and this: https://www.highexistence.com/how-to-follow-your-bliss-video/?q.id=Uo7s8qh7scVUVOdW&q.sl=2

Consider these questions: https://www.highexistence.com/18-thought-provoking-questions/

and this: https://www.highexistence.com/5-most-common-regrets-of-the-dying/?q.id=IuTih4M3JL93TjfJ&q.sl=3

and this: https://www.highexistence.com/the-defining-question-of-your-life/

and this: https://www.highexistence.com/look-into-your-mind/

and this: https://www.highexistence.com/he-life-lesson-1-love-or-fear/

and this: https://www.highexistence.com/22-mind-blowing-notes-from-the-universe/

and this: https://www.highexistence.com/eudaimonia-conflict-between-the-remembering-self-and-the-experiencing-self/

There are so many more. Search the site and see what you find. Those were just some that I had bookmarked.

I found my passion through reading, critical thinking, meditation, visualization, trial and error, and recognizing what makes me come alive. What is my highest purpose and how may I serve it? Given where I am and what I have, what can I do? How may I live in flow state?

How much money, time, and brain power are you spending to obtain a college degree? Consider the reward/risk inherent in the situation. What adds the most value to you and thereby allows you to maximize the value that you add to others? What helps you become your best self? What helps you live your bliss? What can you apply after graduation in a way that helps your happiness? What’s worth paying to learn now while you have the opportunity? What gives you some sort of intellectual foundation upon which to build the future? What knowledge or experience can offer you stability in the event that the job market is highly competitive or dried up? Consider that markets shift over time, sometimes quite rapidly and rather unpredictably.

It may be difficult to know what exactly to study as you may be intrigued by many things, or generally disinterested. Maybe your mind could benefit from positive re-gearing. Meditation is immensely valuable. Figure out how your academic focus can blend with your talents and strengths so that you may live in your genius as your best self. What have you been naturally talented at for the longest time? You don’t have to major in it, but factor it in to your life plan at the least. Take StrengthsQuest/StrengthsFinder assessment and learn your strengths so that you can put them to work in whatever you do.

Lastly, evaluate your life from the present looking forward, and also from the outcome you desire to reach working your way back to the present moment; this can help you find the path. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and live this path.



Josh (2) (@dulalasjosh) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

Thanks so much for your response K4RM4 (cool name by the way). I agree a lot that finding this passion comes with a great deal of patience and that reading, meditation, and most importantly, trial and error are great paths to self-discovery. I guess I just need to be a bit more patient and observant. Thanks so much for the insight, K4RM4!

Mukul Deka (4) (@Muriz-Deka) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

How did you find your passion? Was it through self-reflection? A sudden a-ha moment? 

Well, I didn’t. Sorry to disappoint you, actually I don’t know if I have a passion or that I ever will, I was just tired so I decided not to look for it anymore. But yeah I believe self-reflection is very important to realize who you are and what you want to be. And I don’t believe it would be a sudden a-ha moment, actually rarely something awesome happens in a split seconds, It takes time, every thing does. So, I think passion is something that gradually grows with you, into you; If it can stand the test of time it will develop step by step, drop by drop and at the end you will be left with a whole ocean of that skill or interest that you can dive into.

What are you views on college degrees? Does it really matter what your major is?

College degree does matter, only for the society(at least in India) as it the the only measure of your education and supposedly knowledge.

For you it doesn’t, it simply doesn’t; college degree only gives you like 5-10% of your total knowledge the rest is through experience and random places unimaginable, from little things what you wouldn’t even notice, shapes who you are. I really think you are lucky to switch majors and got to experience formal education on different fields and they sucked didn’t they? well a huge portion of them I guess. Well don’t wait to pick a formal education of your passion. Passion is not suppose to be formal it can be anywhere. Learn what you what to learn.

 I am from India and college degree out here really matters specially engineering and medical degrees, I was suppose to do engineer as thats what my parents wanted but I decided not as I didn’t feel it right.So now I am doing Economics Honors but  found out I also kinda like history, psychology, football and recently started writing after I joined HE yesterday, so I engage myself anywhere what I want to and mind you I wouldn’t be acknowledge of the other things I do but still it shape who I am.

The answer seems to be a little long but I am glad to made it here. :D

Josh (2) (@dulalasjosh) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

A little long, but every word is super helpful! :) Thanks so much for your input Mukul. I really appreciate you taking the time to read and respond.

JonH (1,139)C (@IJesusChrist) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

What you should do is realize a set of options that no matter what, you’ll be happy with. Narrow it down to 4 things, and just kind of let the river take you. If you’re intelligent, place yourself in the future of these places and reflect back “I’m glad I made this decision” – which paths give you this possibility as an outcome? Again, you don’t need a single one, just narrow it down, and go with it.

The effort you put in is far more important than the actual field. You have a much greater power over your employment/career/life than a single decision does. You could be a barber and be far happier, given you know how to create the best of your situation. 

Don’t ever feel defeated by a decision you made, rather create something magnificent from it!

Mike Wuest (510) (@mikeyw829) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

You don’t need a college degree.  Do what you love. Follow your gut instincts. Ignore the bullshit logic telling you to be practical, and that you can only get anywhere by getting a degree.  People are kept small by the limiting beliefs they tell themselves. 

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