Yes you are awesome but how did you get there?
February 27, 2011 8:25 AM Subscribe
Type A Filter: For those of you who have big ambitions and plans for your life, how did you arrive at them? How did you go about creating a vision for yourself?
posted by 3491again to human relations (30 answers total) 45 users marked this as a favorite
I've been thinking a lot recently about what I want to do with my life. To give you some background, my story in a nutshell is:
- abusive family, other abusive relationships (too gruesome to detail here)
- went to college, currently in graduate school
- starting a couple of part-time businesses
I'm now feeling much recovered from my childhood and the things that happened to me, and ready to take on the world --- but I'm really not sure what plans are "me", what I would most like to do, and what I want to be known for. I have a feeling that I can make a big difference somehow, but I'm not sure who I want to be.
I admire people who have very strong personal and professional identities (the ground-breaking entrepreneur, the professor who writes fiction) -- but I don't know how those arise.
If you are one of those people with a strong personal or professional identity -- or big goals and ambitions that you are in the process of realizing --
Can you tell me a bit more about what the personal process was like?
Did it happen all at once?
If you fell into it, how did you fall into it?
What is it like on a day-to-day basis?
What made you feel "ready" to commit yourself to your current identity? What were your growing pains?
Anything you can recommend?
(For background: http://ask.metafilter.com/177947/Help-me-figure-out-what-people-are-trying-to-tell-me)
NOTE: No naysayers, please. Only people who have these sorts of ambitions and are in the process of (or feel they have) achieved them.