As I start settling into my career and life a bit after college, some values and perspectives popped up
- I’d like to solve simple problems that are manageable to solve within my control while maintaining my work life balance, based on what you are good at.
- I’d like to live a life where I am constantly learning about different cultures through art, music, food, and design.
- I’d eventually want to have a location-independent career where I have flexible hours (i.e. have my own small business). The profession matters less than whether I can choose a career/path that gives me this option.
- Relationships and being close to friends and family, with experiences, matter a lot to me more than competing in a rat race.
I studied urban planning in school, and loved what I’ve studied. However, changing the way cities work and making them more sustainable is a very challenging task.
Note the way I communicated impact. “Making a city more sustainable” is a very abstract phrase and problem that I would only save for mission statements or introducing your major purpose in life.
However, the actual problems I want to solve have to be manageable based on my given skill level. I don’t want to be overambitious and create an extremely high expectation that I cannot reach at that moment in time (granted, skill improves over time and the types of problems you can solve get more interesting as you get older).
For example, instead of “trying to make a city more sustainable,” a more simpler task would be to “plant a vegetable garden in your backyard.”
Learning about different cultures is a big part of my life and would like to integrate more heavily in my life. Away from focusing on making a living, I’d say cultural bridges represent at least 65% of who I am.
I’ve previously studied Chinese on my free time, and Korean for a little bit (한국어 잘 못해요) . I’m challenging myself by learning Portuguese, because I’d like to be able to communicate and meet new friends in Brazil someday 🙂
I believe the simple act of learning a language allows you to be able to aspire for more interesting experiences in life.
Given the unpredictably of the economy, I’d like to reach some level of financial independence that isn’t dependent on a particular company, but rather my own ability to be able to create something of value other people can use.
I think the rat race and the fight to get the highest salary and promotion, after a while, can become unhealthy. Measurable and tangible impact matters more than what job title you have.