When planning for college, I believed journalism was the best (maybe only) choice I had to earn an actual money-making career based on writing. Even though I knew early on I was unhappy in that major, I stuck through my classes.
And worked at the school newspaper.
And practiced my “interview skills” on unsuspecting blind dates.
Basically, I pounded away at the goal for three years before taking a step back to figure out why things weren’t falling into place like they should. It took opening up my mind to realize that my basic premise was wrong before I could make the change. I’m much happier now, thanks for asking.
When we make choices based on wrong assumptions, our results won’t be satisfactory no matter how good our intentions.