Career Planning Takeaways

This week, I read and considered two lengthy articles on career planning: Wait But Why’s guide to picking a career, and Marc Andreessen’s guide to career planning. This was a lot of content to go over, but I’m really glad I took the time to sit down with the material. Regardless of where you are in life—whether you’re just starting your career, looking to make a change, or happily employed with no plans of going anywhere—there’s a lot of great insight to be had, particularly in the Wait But Why guide.

Next, I considered four questions:

  1.  What is one insight from this week’s content on approaching your career that you strongly agree with?
  2.  What is one insight from this week’s content that you disagree with or feel doesn’t apply to you?
  3.  What’s one item on your top shelf of the priority shelf (Wait But Why essay)?
  4.  What’s one item on the bottom shelf of your priority shelf (Wait But Why essay)?

And finally, I shot a video sharing the answers.

This project stretched me in many ways. I haven’t spent much time with a video camera, either in front of or behind it. At first, I tried to set up a small “studio” of sorts in my basement. I commandeered some random lights from around the house, moved some furniture to give myself a blank wall, and added a couple very staged props. It (obviously) didn’t work. After spending a few minutes staring at my script in frustration, I wandered into my backyard, set up my phone on a tripod, sat down on a rotten log, and started talking.

Aside from realizing I probably should invest in an inexpensive light kit if I’m going to shoot videos inside, I learned that sometimes (dare I say most times?) trying to force something to be what it is not (in this case, my basement into a video studio) will almost always end in frustration and failure—and blind us to possibilities and solutions that already exist.