Life’s one long series of decisions. Most times, whether you succeed or not is influenced by the decisions you make along the way. Although we all have a place to start, it’s up to each and every one to make informed choices that will work for their own good. Below are the 5 most difficult life choices that almost everyone has to make.
- Career – after school, most of your life will be spent pursuing your career, or working your business. The career you choose has a massive impact on who you become during this mature phase of life. In most cases, college majors and the degrees correlate with occupations. So if you’re still young enough, make informed choices regarding what school you want to go to, and what you want to do. Career is a major decision, and you want to weigh in input from your parents and other important people in your life. Consider talking to people who support you, conducting ample research, and reading books to get a starting point. Definitely, you want to go for a career that you’ll be happy in! That’s critically important.
- Where to Live – you’re going to have to choose where to live. Studies suggest that where you live can have a dramatic influence on your finances, and your happiness. As a rule of the thumb, the closer you live to your place of work, the better. Some cities have a lower cost of living than others. From mountain towns in the USA to large metropolis and smaller town on the other corners of the world, the choice is yours. We only live once, and you want to make sure that you’re where you’re supposed to be, otherwise your life won’t amount to much. Career and where to live often correlate!
- Who to Date – dating and relationships are a core part of who you are. Although you don’t need to pay particular attention to each and every person you date, the point is that you don’t know whether that person could turn out being a lifelong partner. Have a set of realistic expectations when going on a first date, and take care if at all you have to date a coworker. You could even use the internet to find a date-mate, of course with care.
- Getting Married – and that after those dates, there’s marriage. You want to decide whether to get married or not. If you choose to get married, like most other people, you have to get married to. This is a massively important decision. If you choose the wrong partner, things might end up going haywire after a short while living together, in which case you’d end up going backward both emotionally and career-wise. Take your time and never rush into things when it comes to marriage.
- Know When It’s Time to Quit – life is a series of challenges. Sometimes, things are just not going to work – whether in business, at home, or anywhere else. Successful people know when to quit. If you’re still sweating your ass off trying to push that failed business ten years down the line, then you’re probably wasting a lot of time. Success is all about learning from the mistakes of others, accepting your failures and learning from them. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should quit on your parenting commitment.
Is this all? Definitely not. Choosing the right friends is also important. As they say, ‘show me 5 of your best friends, and I’ll tell you who you are’. Always make room for new friends, drop those who’re not adding value to your life.