Invent Yourself. Forget the “Re”
August 22, 2007
Well, folks, August is inventor’s month, according to various web sites that I Googled dutifully as I researched the veracity of this fact before posting it here, just to be sure. Even if it weren’t, I think now would be as good a time as any to talk about invention.
But not just any invention. Your own personal invention. Yep. Inventing you.
Here’s why: I’ve hear a lot of young professionals talking about trying to figure things out. Life things. Job things. Career things. Future things. You know, things. As twentysomethings, thirtysomethings, we’re all in the thick of it.
And we’re a bit impatient. It seems the process of “discovering yourself” just takes too long. Young professionals don’t want to look back on life at fifty and say “I wish I’d known this then.” We don’t want to live our lives, form our careers, all to get to a place where we need to “reinvent” ourselves mid-life just to become what we always wanted to be. No thanks. So we reflect now, in our twenties, with our options open. But that, as it turns out, is a lot of pressure. So much, it can get a little overwhelming.
That’s where the quarter life crisis comes in. As a generation, we job hop. Even as we enter the workforce, we wonder about a career change, about grad school, about options. Waiting to discover yourself? It’s too passive. We won’t put up with it. We want to take action now, that’s the cry, the call. . . So where to begin?
It’s really a matter of dropping the “re” out of your picture of the future and inventing yourself now. You have the power. So, go for it. Pick something. Pursue it. Invent you. Because the truth is, you can invent yourself now or reinvent yourself later. Either way, reinvention is always an option. . . So, really, what do you have to lose?
In this spirit, I’m going to be highlighting some people who are great at personal invention. Many of them are young, not even twentysomethings yet themselves. Many are inventing themselves through blogs, start-up businesses and books. They’re not waiting to figure things out later, they’re inventing themselves now.
They’re Heroes of Personal Invention. Stay tuned!