Our society has a very interesting paradigm when it comes to “investing” in ourselves. We encourage our high school grads, ages 17-19, to take on massive amounts of debt to go to college right away, at an age where they aren’t even sure of who they are yet, what they want, or where they want life to take them. Yet they are supposed to declare what they will be doing for the rest of their life, and then spend 4-8+ years studying that thing?! To which they may and or may not ever even do that “thing” that they thought they might like to do?
I hear stories all the time of people going all the way through law school and or medical school only to find out that once they start doing that thing that they’ve been studying for 7 to 8+ years, that it wasn’t what they thought it would be and they are left stuck with no idea of what they want to do next.
For some, they just stay in it because of all of the time and money already spent and invested in that thing, so they figure “why bother?” and then spend the rest of their existence doing something that they don’t even like doing.