This video is a summary of why I write this blog. I feel that so many college-graduates waste time – by working for a job that doesn’t fit them, neglecting to maintain their network, etc. – because they feel that they have an indefinite supply of it.
There’s two points from this video I wanted to highlight: building identity capital and the differentiation between exploration and procrastination.
In her speech, Meg Jay mentions that in order to prevent or overcome an identity crisis, you need to build identity capital. Identity capital are things that “adds value to who you are” and “an investment to who you want to be next”. This might come in the form of friends who have a clear career path or a volunteer opportunity that relates to a job you might want to try out. And sure, you might not exactly know who it is that you want to be right now, but leveraging capital you already have is much easier than gaining capital from scratch. So go out there and grab any capital you can – even if you’re not 100% sure you’ll benefit from it in the future.
The other point Meg mentioned was the difference between exploration and procrastination. Keeping yourself busy might feel beneficial because you’re exploring new things, but if it doesn’t benefit you or add value to the next step, then you’re just procrastinating from what you really need to achieve.
If your life is a building, then your 20’s is the foundation. The longer you delay on building that foundation, the less grandiose your life work is going to be.