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May 25, 2006


Steven Rothberg,

Outstanding advice, Curt. Far too many grads get paralyzed by the fear of making a mistake. They often ask for guidance because they don't know what they want to do for the rest of their lives. I advice them to try to figure out what they want to do for the next five years and not worry about what comes after that. Their lives change so much in those five years that to make plans further into the future is almost pointless.


This is excellent advice!

I went to college for music education. I then decided I wanted to get my Masters in Recording Engineering. After realizing that I was not willing to starve for a decade, I moved on.

After several years of writing music, I started teaching myself how to program a computer.

That led to my 16 year career in IT management and owning a business.

I think I have at least one other career insode of me!



Wow thats gives me a lot of encouragement! thanks


I'd recommend keeping a professional journal or day-runner -- or the electronic equivalent -- to record thoughts and feelings about the jobs you work in and the projects you work on. Record your likes and dislikes even if, at the time, they SEEM like they might be specific to a person, project, or company. Record your a-ha moments -- those moments of clarity and revelation that seem to come out of nowhere.

If you do end up having a "quarterlife crisis" in your 30s, this kind of journal will prove to be invaluable as you work -- alone or with a coach -- to answer the question "Where do I go from here?" With the power of hindsight, you'll start to see patterns that you didn't see when you were living and working in the thick of things. These patterns will show you when you were -- or were not -- living with authenticity...and will give you the clues you need to define what your authentic life is for the future.

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