What’s your course?
A little over ten years ago, I took Electronics and Communications Engineering in PUP despite my love for writing, which could have brought me to mass communication department. There are a couple of seemingly logical reasons for sacrificing what I love for solving seemingly unreasonable mathematical problems that would last for five hellish years. One, they said there’s no money in journalism. Two, it’s not in demand. Three, it’s cool to have the title placed before your name.
Thus, I started an entirely different journey—a walkaway from the closest thing I’d like to do. In short, I gave in to what most people would like me to become. I turned my back so I can please the crowd and hoped to do well anyway.
A little over ten years now, I’m an author of eight books, a motivational speaker not only here in the Philippines but also in most parts of Asia and the Middle East, and the publisher of this paper. On the side, I host a weekly television show on Global News Network and arrange musical pieces for my other venture called Peaches & Cream String Quartet. Academically speaking, there’s absolutely no “engineering” in what I do today.
I’m saying this so you can start reflecting real hard and deep on where you are now as far as your future career is concerned. If you feel that what you’re taking now isn’t for you, find something else and never stop until you find it. It doesn’t mean you should shift and take another course though. There are many ways to bring your self back to doing what you love. There are organizations you can join. In college, I was the editor-in-chief of our college paper. In your case, you can probably take part of a dance troop or a singing group.
There’s nothing more fulfilling than doing what you love and expressing the natural talent in you. Knowledge, skills, and techniques are secondary.
But many would say, “I’m already trapped!” Well, are you sure about that? Who said you can’t undo a decision should you find it wrong or unreasonable? Well, some would say, “My parents would like me to do this.” Think again, probably what your parents really want is for you to be successful. Have you told them you can’t succeed at it because it’s not what your heart tells you to take?
Think of your self. You don’t want to give in now and find your self jobless in the future. No one succeeded in life doing what he hates. There are thousands of stories you can see everywhere about a dentist becoming an owner of a popular garment company known as Folded&Hung or an engineer running a successful food business known as Bibingkinitan and Bar-B-King or a houseboy leading a group of restaurants called Chef Quarter.
Negotiate. Organize a dinner date with your parents or family about your reservations. Whatever your decisions now may affect not only your future but theirs as well. Can you imagine being paid low because you’re not the best at what you do (because you took a course that doesn’t bring out the best in you) and then they’ll blame you for not being a good provider for the family?
Reflect and pray about it. The shortcut to failure is simply do what most people want you to do. If you don’t want to fail permanently, then stand up for what you believe in. Don’t let the mob take away who you are and what you’re born for. Don’t let them steal your promising future. Don’t let them keep you far away from your dream. Don’t let the world cloud your mind and vision. Take time to seek God’s will for you and you’ll see and feel what you are really about.
What’s your course in college? Most people know the answer. Here’s a follow up question: Why?