WHY
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When most people are asked what are their expectations from life ultimately, there’s a set answer: I want to be happy. While this isn’t wrong, this is incredibly vague. The result is, you don’t really get an answer to what do you actually want from life.

REFRAME YOUR QUESTIONS

The reason why the question doesn’t yield a suitable answer is that the question itself is vague. Ask yourself better questions, like “Up to what extent can you struggle?”, or “What is worth struggling for?”

There are people who’ll be satisfied after landing a decent job, whereas there are people who wish to be a changemaker. The effort involved is different. Instead of wanting to be happy eventually, ask yourself what will actually make you happy.

FIND YOUR PRIORITIES

I know people whose ultimate aim is to crack Civil Services Examination, but since they think it is tough, they would complete their master’s first and then decide. Truth is, they’re just unsure about what to do. A master’s course requires 2 years of hard work while a sincere and dedicated study to complete the syllabus for CSE requires 8 months (according to a leading coaching institute).

If you’re stuck in a similar situation, ask yourself: where can you get maximum benefit after putting the same amount of effort? The right questions, remember!

DOES YOUR CURRENT PATH LEAD TO YOUR  DESTINATION?

While it’s easy to follow the time-tested track of doing things the conventional way, always look for reasons why it would work for you or not. People might want to become successful entrepreneurs, but if they do not have risk-taking abilities, it’s certain that this field isn’t for them.

Thus, it is necessary to evaluate your present skills and then only take a step forward. Ask yourself, what skills or abilities do you possess currently?

WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED?

Not everyone is talented enough to have all the required skill-sets for his/her dream job. Firs,t find out what else do you need to learn when you’ll embark on your path to “happiness”. Put in all your efforts to excel in your chosen field. Evaluate your progress periodically.

Ask yourself, “How can you improve?”

WHY "WHAT DO I WANT IN LIFE?" ISN'T THE RIGHT QUESTION TO ASK
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To find a meaningful answer, a meaningful question is a must. Only the right questions will lead to a correct sense of judgment of what’ll actually make you happy.
Struggling through her final year at Miranda House, Smriti has a keen interest in events happening around her. Unapologetically nerdy and emotionally reserved, you'd often find her sondering across streets of North Campus.

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