When I received the email this morning that the university was closed due to an impending snow storm, I have to admit that I was excited to spend the day at home playing catch up. The thought of having an entire day to blog and crack open one of the many books I’ve recently purchased gave me such a boost of energy that I was wide awake at 5 a.m.! One of the first books I wanted to get to was The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss. In the book, Ferriss challenges some of the most fundamental questions that we as career advisors often ask our students: “What do you want?”, “What are your goals?”, and “What makes you happy?”
He states that, “Excitement is the more practical synonym for happiness, and it is precisely what you should strive to chase. It is the cure-all.” He argues that most people will never know what they want and that there is one simple question that can be asked to reflect their actual objective: “What excites you?” I found this especially amusing considering my excitement about having a free day to read and blog. I definitely plan to incorporate that question and similar ones into my next career decision-making appointment, but in the meantime:
- What wakes you up at 5 a.m. on your day off?
- What do you do when the snow has you trapped indoors?
- What makes you excited to wake up and be you for the day?