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Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well-being, and Peak Human Performance.

I know the movie is old news, but there is a part in Napoleon Dynamite that I love. It’s the scene where he discusses his lack of skills, which makes him ineligible to take a girl out. Although all of us aren’t as clueless as Napoleon, I think that many people struggle to know what they’re good at. Especially at a young age, many people have no idea what they are naturally inclined to do.

This is partially due to the fact that most of our education has been spent fulfilling requirements that the system has set in place, and while these aren’t bad requirements, they stifle some aspect of independent creativity that might enable us more to know what our skills are. Another reason for this is that, learning who you are takes time and reflection.  You have to experience life a bit before you know where you fit in. How you were raised could very well be different then how you should live to be your best self.

There’s a quote by Baz Luhrmann in his song “Everybody’s Free” that makes this challenge less daunting, “Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.”

The most freeing aspect about this quote is that the goal shouldn’t be to know what you want to do with your life or having everything nailed down. The goal is to be interesting. So open up your awareness and try things that you might like. Make a point to experience new things. Be interesting and find what interests you. If you do this, you’ll find your passions and community. But while you’re out living your adventures, make sure to be yourself.

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