Connecting the Dots: My Path from I.T. Major to Full-Time YouTuber

As we discussed last week, finding your passion isn’t an overnight process.

For most of us, it’s nearly impossible to identify what our passion is early on in our careers. Instead, as we pursue interests, build skill, and gain more experience, we’re likely to uncover a passion slowly.

When you’re looking forward, it’s impossible to see what that passion will end up being. Steve Jobs put it best:

“You can’t connect the dots looking forwards; you can only connect them looking backwards.”

As I write this, I’ve been building College Info Geek for the past five and a half years. Over half a decade has gone into the creation of this project, and in that time, I’ve realized that it is my passion. Creating videos, recording podcasts, writing – I love it all (even if it’s difficult at times).

Interestingly, the major I picked in college had nothing to do with any of that. I majored in Management Information Systems, a major that combines business with information technology. People who major in this field usually end up in project management, system/database administration, programming, or something similar.

Meanwhile, the work I do seems more suited to someone who majored in film, journalism, or speech.

So how did I get from MIS to here?

That’s what I want to recount for you this week. I’m at the point where I can look back and connect some dots now, and I hope that doing so will give you a real-world example that applies to the discussion we had in last week’s video.

Since it’s more of a personal story, I’m going to let the video speak for itself and end the article here (though you’ll find some links to things I mention in the Video Notes below).

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Brian Robben

This makes me think of the saying “evolve or die,” which refers to the idea that businesses who evolve the quickest (by being innovative, taking risks, continuing through growing pains) usually survive and then thrive over their competition. It’ll be interesting to see what you evolve to after YouTube… I’m sure it’ll be successful.

Leland Sandler

One of the perfect article I’ve read today. When you really don’t know what to do and can’t find a clear plan to do in the future or for your career, listen to your heart, if you can’t still hear and feel it, travel! It’s effective. You will be refresh and can think for something new.

I agree with Steve Jobs quotes. What you are doing today is what you are doing for your future.

Kuldeep Hujan

hey thomas , let me introduce myself. my name is kuldeep, and i have been a fan of you blog for some time now. You have inspired me enough to start my own blog. i just wanted to thank you for providing me with the inspiration and motivation to start my own blog. btw my blog is http://www.luminouspost.com. I know you have a very busy schedule, so if you ever get the time check my blog out! i hope to get in touch with you in the future.

thank you

Kuldeep Hujan

Jamie Hosking

Chase as in Chase Reeves? As in Chase Reeves from Fizzle? Cuz that’s super cool, becasue I follow you both.

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