A great new opportunity presents itself, but you’re stuck. Should you add another commitment to your schedule? The advantages of a unique experience, increased résumé line, and the attitude of “I’m only in college once” seem to prevail.
Then the decision becomes more difficult as the disadvantages are released back into the picture. This added responsibility will leave you with less time for school, sleep, and friends; three very important factors.
So, is it worth it?
Mastery Is Not Equally Rewarded
It is important to try new things and find what you might be passionate about, but only to a certain degree. Sure, if you are a freshmen, then I encourage you to try out different organizations and clubs. But, it’s in your best interest to narrow it down to one or two main areas, ideally one, where you spend your time, as soon as you can.
Why? Because society values the top achievers, commonly known as masters of their field, disproportionately to the people who are average in multiple fields.
A top achiever is valued higher because their production to their companies is unmatched compared to average employees. Because of this production, the master is given more opportunities to excel.
Also, top achievers are indispensable to organizations and therefore can make demands that have to be met. But as an employee with only average production, the company can make demands on you because you are replaceable.
And, if you’re thinking that you will go for mastery in different fields, stop there. It’s impossible to compete at the same level as top performers when you spread yourself out with many focuses. Not to mention how frustrating and exhausting it is; there isn’t enough hours in the day.
Find Your Focus
Let’s again visit the difficult question from the start about taking on another responsibility. First, ask yourself what career do you want? After deciding this, think about that new opportunity and determine if it helps you become a top performer in that field.
In fact, think about each activity you’re involved in, if it helps you reach your main goal then keep doing it, otherwise don’t do it.
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Instead of being a secretary, treasurer, and general member of three student organizations, lead as president of one organization that aligns with your future career. You’ll learn far more and have a better time.
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