What you should do with your life

A clichéd question people my age hear is, “Have you decided what you want to do with your life?

Very rarely does anyone have a good answer for this, because no one really knows.  It’s such a general question.  There are tons of things we want to do while we’re alive, but how do we decide which paths to take?

The most solid method I’ve discovered for figuring out what to do with my life is to ask myself, “What wisdom do I want to have?”  That is, what skills/knowledge do I want to acquire before I die, and what experiences will get me there?

For me, learning is my highest priority, alongside building and sustaining meaningful relationships.  Tweaking the original “what do you want to do” question helps me realign what’s most important to me.  After that, I roughly estimate the opportunity cost of each path, and go with whichever one offers the most opportunity and exposure to positive randomness.

2 comments on “What you should do with your life

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s