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What To Do When You Are Not Happy

Melvyn Tan
Melvyn Tan
1 min read

If you are not happy where you are currently, change it.

It’s really that simple.

Know you are in control

If you were to tell me 20 years ago that I am able to create a video and show it to the world, I would have laughed at you! Yet, in today’s context, you not only have the tools and technology to create videos but also the ability to circulate and distribute it. For free!

So, if you are not happy where you are now, then take charge and change it!

If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree. ~Jim Rohn

What are you good at

To start off, look at what you are good at. What are you proficient at. What are your talents.

Some people believe you should start with what you are passionate about. I disagree. Would you hire a developer who is passionate but lack the skills? Would you send your child to a piano teacher who is passionate but lack the skills?

You should start with what are your talents, then proceed to search for what you are passionate about.

Which of these are you passionate about

Once you’ve identified what you are good at, you then need to identify which of these are you passionate about.

Let’s say I am good at doing research on the Internet. (I really am). But that’s not something I want to do for the rest of my life.

This is a marathon, not a sprint. So you better love what you are doing.

What problems do you solve

I am really good at taking information from a variety of sources and synthesizing it. But unless that information solves a problem, all I have is a hobby.

In order for you to be able to earn a living doing what you are good at and passionate about, it must solve a problem.

Remember, no problem, no business.

If you are not happy

In 2017, there is no reason for you to keep doing what you are unhappy with. Now is the time to take charge and get started.

Though, you’d also have to work on it internally too.

Melvyn Tan

Despite living the good life at midlife, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. My aim here is to reinvent midlife, learn new skills, and understand how the world works post-COVID.