I work in the Research world, and in Research, we are always working to test our hypothesis, to ensure that our assumptions are actually valid, and reliable.
Before concluding that a particular product or medication is effective for a disease or illness, researchers have to spend a good amount of resources, including, money, time and manpower before making valid claims.
And I should also add that sometimes, not all assumptions end up being true. At other times, we may discover something completely different from the original assumptions, which then ends up becoming “the standard”, for that drug’s mechanism of action.
Not surprisingly, this same principle can as well be applied to life, and especially if you are not satisfied with where you currently are professionally, personally or socially. And here is why.
At some point in our lives, we have probably been told to go to school, get a College Degree, and then work, based on what we have been taught at school. And unfortunately, so many people today, grow up with the mindset that they can only become successful, based on their College Majors or Degrees, and anything else becomes obtuse to pursue.
If you are looking to change the course of your life right now, then you must be willing to try out new things. You must be willing to come up with a hypothesis and be disciplined enough to test it out to see if it works.
Many times, we remain transfixed in one position, because we are afraid to step away from our comfort zones. We are often reluctant and indecisive to think outside the box. We become so comfortable with the norm, that engaging in anything else suddenly seems like a taboo.
Before I proceed, I would also like to add that, your College Degree may not be the road that leads you to success; something else may! But how would you ever know, if you are not willing to try out something new?
You may as well be reading this and wondering, “how can I possibly do something new?” “How can I change the trajectory of my life, by engaging in something I was never used to?” I will show you how.
How to Step Out and Do Something New
In order to try out something new, or at least to begin the process of thinking about something new, I have attempted to sum up what I believe are the most important things for you to consider, to test out your hypothesis. These I have summed into the acronym, SWIP– meaning- Strengths, Weaknesses, Interests, and Passions.
- Strengths. You may not realize it, but every single one of us each has our own strengths. We are all uniquely talented and gifted, and really do have some strong points going for us. Take the time to study yourself and find out those things you are really good at. Or, you may want to find out from trusted allies (family and friends) what they think or believe your strengths are. For example, I know that I am incredibly skilled at motivating the best out of people wherever I find myself, and that is why I am actually writing this to you now. I want you to make the most out of your life. You should, however, be aware that you may have several strengths. So, you would need to place them in order of the ones you are most comfortable with. Now hang on, as I would soon show you what to do with your identified strengths.
- Weaknesses. Even the most perfect person on earth does have weaknesses. In fact, no one can indeed be perfect. We all have flaws. In order to try out something new, you must identify what those weak areas are because they could stand in the way of your success. Personally, I know I still procrastinate on things I know I should do earlier. That’s a weakness for me, but I am seriously working on it in order to get things done when they are supposed to be done. What’s your own weakness?
- Interests. What are your interests? More of like what are the things that excite you or what are your hobbies? Do you know that you can turn a hobby into a successful business venture? I know of a childhood friend who loved to make clothes for her dolls when we were little, and although we used to tease her, she held on to that hobby and ended up making clothes for her own children. Today, she practices as an Attorney but has developed a large clothing and tailoring business, that surpasses her Law career more than 10-fold. For me, I love writing. And that is something I have loved doing since I was little, but only just got back to. But writing still excites me, as I am always looking forward to writing my next article. So, now it’s your turn, what is your interest? What are those things that excite you?
- Passions. What are you passionate about? What makes your heart tick? What are your values? What is that thing that drives you, and evokes a strong and maybe uncontrollable emotion from you? For me, I am passionate about seeing others grow and achieving their God-given potentials. Every day, I think of ways that I can improve the lives of others, wherever I am. And that passion has motivated me to enroll in several leadership and self-improvement courses, so that I can become more empowered, to empower others. My passion drives me to seize on opportunities which others may not even take note of, all with the aim of giving life to that thing that makes my heart tick. Now, it’s your turn: “what is your passion?”
Bringing it all together,
Now, that you have identified your strengths, weaknesses, interests, and passions, it is time to go back to the drawing board, to come up with a working hypothesis which you can leverage to try something new. It is time to stretch yourself, and discover ways in which you could turn your passions, to gold. Could you try out your strength by volunteering for a cause you are passionate about and see if that can be cultivated into a business venture?
Remember that the money may not come immediately, but as long as you keep at what you are doing, in due course, you would reap the fruits of all your labors. Consolidating on your skills, working to improve your weaknesses and following your passions, may soon open you up to a world of opportunities you never even knew existed before. But that would never happen if you are not willing to try out new things. Are you still reading this? It is time to do something new!
To your continued success. Cheers!!!