Today’s world is fast paced, full of change, and on the high speed track to tomorrow. Everywhere you look we’re trying to change things to make them faster/smarter/better/stronger/insert-adjective-here. But is that always the best approach?
Take for instance our recent fixation on science and math.
Look at world reports on the status of our education and you’ll find America is always at the bottom of the list when it comes to science and math test scores.
So what do we do? We shut down arts and humanities courses and integrate more science and math curriculum into the school systems. School districts even open up Schools of Science and Technology to focus in on these two disciplines, or incorporate more programs into existing schools to take advantage of this trend.
Then look at top paying jobs for college graduates. You’ll always find engineers and computer analysts/technology there. So of course we put more emphasis on these concepts in the schools, and force more kids to take science and math related courses.
Until they fail. And they will; I guarantee it.
If I were to ask you “What’s Next?” in your life, what would your answer be? I know from experience that your new idea is probably a drastic change from what you’ve done in the past. I can’t tell you how many people I run into that will tell me things like:
“I have a law degree and practiced corporate law for 10 years until I went crazy with the red tape. Now I’m a meditation instructor and love every day of my life.”
“I ended up in engineering because my parents told me it would be a great path for a woman. I got to the point I dreaded every day of my life. So I quit, started my own blog, wrote a book, and love what I do.”
The problem with trying to put a round peg into a square hole is it simply won’t fit. You can pound away as much as you can. You can turn the peg sideways or upside down. It doesn’t matter what you do, it will never fit.
You can take a creative person and tell them they have to be better at the sciences. You can teach them, tutor them, counsel them, and train them. You can tell them again and again how much more they’ll earn and the greater chance at job opportunities there will be. They may listen for a while, but eventually they will start questioning, “Is this really it?”
If she didn’t love it from the beginning, if she struggled with it every step of the way, eventually she will question everything and turn to what truly makes her happy.