Last week, we had the opportunity to have two high school students job shadow the President of our company, Mike Kaeding.
They were curious about what they should do after high school. They asked Mike questions about the path that he took to get to where he is today.
Mike told them that he majored in computer science with a minor in mathematics and management.
They were surprised.
Just looking at Mike's major, you would never have guessed that he ended up in business. But his story isn’t really that unusual. A lot of people set out to do one thing, and wind up doing something else.
What was important, was that Mike was passionate about what he chose to follow.
Had someone else chose computer science, they might have dreaded it.
As Arthur Clarke said,
“It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.”
However, it has been proven that successful leaders are motivated by a purpose.
The key is to do something that makes you happy, whether that’s continuing education or not.
Ultimately, your happiness matters more. Why do a job that you’re not passionate about?
People perform better when they are aligned with their purpose.
In other words, choose a career that makes you the happiest.
Whatever career path you choose, make your own personal development the true goal.
As you learn about yourself, you are building up a rapport of experiences that you can bring with you.
Your experiences, whether they’re related to your job or not, are what people notice. Experiences share to others that you’re motivated, that you’re passionate, and that you’re involved.
So, whatever career path that these students take, we encourage them to follow what makes them happy.
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