What you're doing matters more than what you're "supposed to do."

People often get bent out of shape and worry over trying to figure out what they're "supposed to do" with their lives. Meanwhile, they're bypassing opportunities out of fear that they might lead them down the wrong path. But who's to say it's the wrong path when you don't know what the right one is? Heck, some people aren't even trying to forge their own paths and can be found sitting on a rock at an intersection where they were left years ago. Consider this:

What you're doing with your life matters more than what you're "supposed to do" with your life.

At some point, you have to buckle down and just do something. As for the fear that you might be heading down the wrong path, unless that path leads to the likes of drug dealing or prostitution you shouldn't worry too much. The skills that you learn in one area of your life will very often translate into others. If you go into sales, that ability to communicate and persuade will come in handy when you become a manager. If you start off in engineering, the logical reasoning and background in math will help you when you become a computer programmer.

Even if the skills don't fully transfer to a new career path, it will allow you to live what Scott Adams - the creator of the Dilbert Comic strip - refers to as "something extraordinary". His argument is that there are two primary ways to make yourself more valuable on the job market.

If you want an average successful life, it doesn’t take much planning. Just stay out of trouble, go to school, and apply for jobs you might like. But if you want something extraordinary, you have two paths:

1. Become the best at one specific thing.
2. Become very good (top 25%) at two or more things.

The first of the two ways is rare and nearly impossible. The second is also rare but not nearly as out of reach. Almost anyone can pick two or three things that they can be in the top 25% of the population in. That unique combination of skills makes you incredibly valuable and useful. Expanding your skill portfolio is important, not only during your "figuring out what I'm supposed to do" stage but throughout life. As you continue to pick up new skills, you also continue to make yourself more valuable in the eyes of current and future employers. The days of learning one skill and staying at one job for 50 years is over. It's time to ditch the "one trick pony" title and adopt the "Jack of all trades, master of some" title. If you're finding yourself agonizing over whether or not an opportunity is worth your time, ask yourself:

  1. Do I have anything else better to do?
  2. Will I learn something that could be of use somewhere later down the road?

If you have something better to do... go do it. If not and you stand to gain something from this experience, jump on the opportunity to broaden your portfolio of skills and become a hybrid.