How do I choose between two careers? Jordan asks, Mishu answers

How do I choose between two careers? Jordan asks, Mishu answers

Dear Jordan, Figure out which one you’re willing to struggle to do well in  – that is the one you really want. Once you know, go for it without looking back!  (My career is squirrel catching, and oh do I struggle. But it’s totally worth it)

 The Inside Story on Career

Choosing a career can be difficult for some people, especially if you have more than one interest.

One thing to keep in mind is that success in your career – any career – requires a lot of hard work. And you’ll probably have failures along the way.  You will likely need to struggle and try and fail for a while before you find success.

When choosing a #career, think: are you willing to struggle for it

Because if you’re not willing to struggle for it, you probably won’t stick it out through all of the ups and downs that will inevitably happen before you see career success.

That means that the career you choose should be one that is intrinsically rewarding to you. One that you will enjoy or find inspiration in even if you don’t make a lot of money or get a lot of recognition.

Because the truth is, you may not ever be “successful” if you consider fame and/or fortune a measure of success. So you better make sure you enjoy your chosen career in and of itself.

And if that type of success IS your goal, you should know that people only reach that after a lot of struggle. So if you’re not willing to struggle for “success” (however you define it), you may be making the wrong career choice.

How does this relate to Mishu? Well, I think there’s a certain attitude of expecting life to be easy or thinking that we’re not happy unless it is that is characteristic of people but not dogs. Recognizing that hardships and struggle are a part of life is a step to becoming more Mishu-like.

And then there’s Mishu’s quest to catch a squirrel. It clearly means a lot to her, and she is willing to keep trying, and keep struggling, in the hope that she might one day succeed.

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  1. We say be adventurous and try to do them both! If they can coincide with each other, wonderful!

  2. What a fun idea for a dog to give advice–I think they know more than us anyway lol. And good advice on top of that. I may have to share this with my son!

    • Thanks, Lori! It can be confusing to choose a career, and we might think we should choose the easier path. But the truth is nothing is easy, so we should choose the option that we are willing to happily work / “suffer” for.

  3. It’s finding our WHY isn’t it. Why do we want to be successful? How do we define what level of success will make us happy.

  4. That’s a great way to think about it! We don’t give up on squirrel chasing either, Mishu! One day we will catch one… maybe!

  5. That is an interesting perspective: You willing to struggle for it is not how I would have thought of it given I am always looking for a job that is not a struggle! 🙂

    • But isn’t every job a struggle in some way? It all depends on what is worth it to you to struggle for. I would struggle to catch a squirrel, but not to become a doctor. Others would make a different choice.

  6. It can be very difficult, particularly since most people don’t have much of an idea what such jobs or careers encompass.

  7. It is so important to love the career you ultimately choose. It is true that you need to be willing to put in the time and effort necessary to be successful and grow in your chosen field. That doesn’t mean that you might not branch out or take on a different role within the field of your choosing as you grow but you have to see it as a long time commitment. If something seems like it might be fun but you aren’t willing to go the distance that career isn’t for you.

    • Exactly! Because every profession or job will have its difficult times. You have to be willing to go the distance is a great way to put it!

  8. Mishu, as always, perfect advice! I agree 100% with what you said!

  9. Very sound advice. Something you’re willing to work your Furry butt off for because you have passion is a good choice!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  10. Very good advice. I agree with your definition of success – it’s not always about fame and fortune. In fact, it’s often not about those things as well. And yep, struggle and hard work make it all worth it.

  11. raisingyourpetsnaturally - April 13, 2017 reply

    Who says you have to choose? Maybe a career in one and a volunteer opportunity in the other. 😉

    • Career: squirrel catching; Volunteer: playing with my puppy friends Onyx and Cain I like it!

  12. Squirrel catching is a great career. Try, try again!

  13. I can relate to this question currently. I like writing and art and fluffy friends. I’ve done it for free just for the love of it. I also work a day job and it’s eehhh! This really makes you re-evaluate how do you want to spend the rest of your days. Insightful.

  14. Once again you offer great advice. I’m going to share it with some soon to be graduates that I know!

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