6. Don't find your vocation, grow it. There is an old idea, going back at least to the 16th century, that we each have a calling or vocation in life. We tend to believe that our calling will come to us in a flash of inspiration or a moment of epiphany, when we will suddenly know what career path – or life path – to follow. But here's the interesting thing: most people don't discover their vocation in this way. The reality is that it usually comes from plenty of trial and error – we 'grow' our vocation rather than find it. Take Vincent Van Gogh. He started as an art dealer, then tried out school teaching, worked as a bookseller, then had a stint as an evangelical preacher in the Belgian coal mines. Finally, in his late twenties, he discovered painting. Don't wait around for the epiphany. Get experimental with your career.
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