Thursday, June 6, 2013

What happens if I avoid the fork altogether?

There is a certain way people explain to you how your life will go, but it usually sums up all the same. There are a few paths to choose in life, and the wrong path can lead to trouble. Some can go through life, and take it as it comes. That has never really been my outlook, I try to plan my life to a T, though I know it may not go 100 percent according to plan. It is told to you as if there is a proverbial fork in the road to life, right and you go on to lead a great life. Go left, and you end up in shambles. What if I said I wanted to avoid that fork altogether? Surely I can forge my own path, and lead my life EXACTLY how I want to, right? I know some of my plans can be subjected to various things, but I like to sit back and think exactly what I want to be doing in a few years.

I interviewed for a job recently, with a couple of engineers from a plant. Not really because I wanted to work there, but mostly to get something on my resume to aid in finding a job upon graduation. For reasons, I won't get into it here,  I had already had in my mind I was going to decline an offer, had they made one. Timing is everything, and the time wasn't right for me. One of the questions I was asked, is where I wanted to be with my degree. I value honesty, but part of me knew what they wanted to hear, and part of me knew I could lie and say "Oh I see myself in a plant with you guys for all my days". But my honesty got the best of me, and I said, an engineer for General Motors or somewhere in the automotive industry. Obviously, this is not what two guys from a plant want to hear.

But that is part of what I consider "avoiding the fork in the road". That path that takes you slightly longer to trek, but has more to offer is the one I have chosen. But I feel like it will take me where I want to go, the path to being one of the greatest automotive engineers of all time. Write that down.

I heard an awesome quote this year,  when you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful. Write that down too.


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