Sometimes you just need to be spontaneous. Thinking about my life, I have always been an impulsive person. I episodically flip between periods of manic impulsiveness and extreme conservativeness. These Jekyll and Hyde phases of my life have brought some fantastic experiences. They have also caused me heartache. Though I’m lucky enough to have few regrets.
A student of psychology would likely identify me as some kind of bi-polar or explore instances in my developmental psychology which may have made me this way. As a rule, I tend to not get too hung up on the past. I live my life for today, and I love my life.
Luckily for those around me, I’ve mellowed slightly as I reach my twenties. Ages seventeen to nineteen where significantly more chaotic. My mother would regularly find that I had gone “walk about”. It wasn’t uncommon for me and a friend to disappear to another city for days at a time. Usually on little more than a spontaneous suggestion of “weekend in Leeds?”
Days of Future Past
Last week I had one of my impromptu moments, though relatively it seems rather tame. I got an spontaneous invitation to go to the midnight screening of X-men: Days of Future Past. Realistically I had work this morning and I should have declined. I didn’t. I went to see it with friends and it was excellent. Anyone that knows me is aware of my nerdy inclinations, especial towards Marvel. For those of you who do not want to know the basic concept of the film, skip ahead to the next paragraph. The basic premise is that in a post-apocalyptic future, where mutants are being wiped out in a Nazi like purge, one man is sent into the past in order to change the course of history.
You can watch the trailer here.
What would you do?
This got me thinking, and prompted some interesting office conversation the following morning. If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?
For the purpose of this blog, I will keep the answers in the context of our professional lives. So here are the Mobius top tips for the aspiring professional.
“I would not have wasted my time with education. I already had the skills I needed and would have start working for myself from the beginning.” Josh Reading, Technical Director at Mobius Media.
For those who don’t know, Josh has been an avid techie since he was about 14. I recall cringing for the poor ICT teacher in school who had to teach a 14 year old who clearly knew more than he did. Josh enrolled at University but left as he did not feel that the course was actually helping him.
“I would have been pickier with the jobs I have taken in the past. It is easy to get excited about a new opportunity, but it’s very important to step back and look at the bigger picture.” Brett Thompson, Marketing Director at Mobius Media.
I have had a lot of jobs. I’ve worked in pubs, fast food, call centres and even for the Office for National Statistics. In the grand scheme of things, many of these where dead end, and didn’t better me in any way other than providing enough income to feed myself.
“Don’t undervalue yourself. For years I made the mistake of assuming that people placed in higher positions were there because they knew more than me or had a superior skill set. This was rarely true. It took me a lot of years to discover that these people were usually the ones who had just learnt all the right words. If I could go back, I wouldn’t let them intimidate me so much” Kirsty Clark, Social Media Marketing Manager, Mobius Media.
Let us know what you would change about your life?