Be Micro-ambitious

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What does it mean to be micro-ambitious? If there’s one thing I learned about discovering a career you love, it’s that it will never be a straight path. Traditional education system taught us to choose one career choice and strive to pursue that path - aka go to college.

And so we spend the next four years or so doing things that we perceive will bring us closer to our destined goal. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad thing! If you are really, truly clear as to what you want, then moving in a linear progress is a success. But to most people (including me!), finding out what is it that you want to do for the rest of your life isn’t as easy as choosing a video game character.

As what I believe in finding your passion, is that you don’t discover it by thinking about it. You discover your passion by going out, taking risks, trying things, and experiencing everything it offers. If you find your heart in it, then you found your direction; if not, then take what you've learned and gained, and move on to your next adventure.

Being micro-ambitious means having “passionate dedication to the pursuit of short-term goals.” Don’t get so caught up in your future goal that you fail to see the existing opportunities around you. Comedian Tim Minchin once said, "Your next worthy pursuit may appear from the periphery, so don’t focus too far ahead, or you might miss the shiny thing out of the corner of your eye.”

Remember that your career and your purpose is the sum of everything you believe in and everything you do. Don’t be afraid to explore new roads that catches your attention. When your aim is to acquire knowledge and experience, then you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.