Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Is it possible to plan your life?
Which Beatle said, “Life is what happens while you are making plans”? I don’t remember—maybe Paul? Anyhow, how planned is life?
My sister told me my present troubled business life is my fault for “choosing” such a "dumb" profession (writing).
First, it chose me. Secondly, I reject that it’s dumb—it’s just that others who buy creative services have jiggered this around now so they get them free or almost free from abroad or from desperate American writers.
My daughter has not worked in three years—she used to love interior design, but does not have a degree and now doesn’t profess to “love” anything.
Do people take aptitude tests anymore? I heard about a site called www. strengthsfinder,com, but you have to get a book or a password or something to find yourself.
Readers—do you know of any others like this?
What about life coaches—has anyone tried one? What do they do for you? Who can afford them—I know we can’t.
What brought all this to mind was a entry I had planned to write on what jobs you could get in expanding industries. The jobs were: insurance underwriter, finance officer, market researcher, manufacturer’s agent, financial services agent, shipping clerk, power plant operator, and solar equipment installer. And one more…freight agent.
Freight agent—what little kid did not fleetingly want to be a train engineer—but a freight agent?