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What Are You Looking For?

question mark imageThere is one response to the question, “ What are you looking for?” that has always intrigued me. The response is, “I’ll know it when I see it.” The question can be asked about a number of different things. It might relate to a career opportunity, it might relate to finding a spouse, it might relate to what type of house or car we might buy. For whatever reason the question is asked, if your response is, “I’ll know it when I see it,” hopefully, you have given the question more thought than the response might indicate.

There are a number of choices or decisions we make in our lives that can make a major impact on our happiness and our wellbeing. We have to choose how we are going to support ourselves in society instead of relying on society just to take care of us. Another choice is deciding how we are going to relate to others.

To be successful in our academic career or in life as a whole, we need to give consideration to our strengths and weaknesses; to our responsibilities to family, friends, and to society as a whole; and to the decisions that we will eventually have to make. Then we need to plan for the choices we should make by deciding what we are looking for in light of these considerations. Then if we are asked the question, “What are you looking for?” we can respond with some degree of certainty.

There is a quote by Lewis Carroll that says, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.” Know where you want to go, and map out a strategy for getting there. Winston Churchill once said, “To fail to plan is to plan to fail.” Don’t miss out on opportunity simply because you haven’t determined what opportunity looks like for you.

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