What The Heck Do I Do With My Life

What the heck do I do with my life? This statement sounds familiar right? A question that everyone has asked themselves at some point. It is relatable and timely. We have such thoughts at various stages of our lives, such as right after college, when you start working, and, of course, during a mid-life crisis. And we wonder where to get the answer from, well this book written by Ravi Venkatesan is aptly timed and written for confused souls who may be having confusing thoughts.

What does the book cover?

In this book, the author draws on his extensive corporate experience and his passion for mentoring to guide readers through a journey of first understanding where the world has arrived, then learning how to navigate it. Ravi walks you through his personal stories and lessons, the challenges he faced, and how he overcame them. The chapters are well-structured and easy to understand. It contains concepts and formulas that are simple to apply in our daily lives.

  • Three Meta-Skills for the Age of AI: Learning agility, an entrepreneurial mindset, and people skills are the skills that will be important in the future. The key to developing these skills is to get out of your comfort zone and face new and difficult challenges.
  • Choose who you hang out with: There is scientific evidence that our networks shape our lives by determining our beliefs, as well as our opportunities and constraints. Changing our networks and who we spend our time with does have an impact on our lives.
  • Abundance and scarcity mindset: Cultivate gratitude, practise generosity, and surround yourself with people who have an abundance mindset. This will make you happy and make you feel blessed and wealthy. It is possible to shift one’s mindset from scarcity to abundance.

Few more interesting lines from the book to highlight the authors thoughts

  • The key to success is to live life more intentionally rather than simply being carried along like a piece of driftwood
  • Despite the challenges, the twenty-first century is a time for unprecedented opportunities for anyone with the mindset of an explorer and the skill set of a change-maker
  • Nothing is as it is. Everything is as we are’ once you really understand this, life becomes better and better
  • Passion Economy, an economy driven by people who find a way to build small businesses around what they are good at and what they love doing

What’s in it for me?

The book is a great read full of stories, anecdotes, and hacks. I enjoyed reading it and plan to implement a few of the author’s suggestions in the ‘Key Ideas’ section. The section on ‘Questions for reflection’ is also very interesting and helps one gauge how they are dealing with the situation and what might be the best course of action.

My recommendation

A self-help book that will teach and train you on how to face life’s ups and downs with courage and determination. Also, you will learn a lot from the authors personal experiences and some practical tips that he has shared in the book.  The book provides a method for dealing with situations at work or in life in general. This is a must-read if you want to move up the corporate ladder or want to lead a happy and simple life or also if you are wondering what to do with your life. Meant for all young professionals and for those who need guidance for the future in order to grow.

The views and opinions published here belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the publisher.

Sarika Chavan
Sarika Chavan is a public relations professional with over 15 years of work experience . She is currently working with Weber Shandwick as Vice President - Client Experience.

Previously she was employed at Adfactors PR, Text100 (now Archetype) and Perfect Relations. With keen observation and analytical skills, Sarika has successfully led PR campaigns for key brands across multiple sectors by leveraging her strength and expertise in the communications arena.

She is a post graduate in communications from Xavier Institute of Communications. She is based in Mumbai and in her free time loves to spend time with her daughters, play with her dogs, read and travel.

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