“How Do I Make My Vague Ideas More Specific?”

Fliss's television job has lost its shine, but her ideas for what to do next are vague and unclear. How can she move forward when she doesn't know where she's going?

What's your career history and current job?

I'm a media researcher.

I do the informational legwork to brief presenters on their topics, find contributors and people to interview on the shows, and act as last-minute location scout when things fall through!

How do you feel about your work?

Fresh out of college, I loved it.

TV was exciting and there was never a dull moment. There still is never a dull moment, but television work has lost its shine for me and I'm really tired of the politics and drama that go on behind the scenes.

It all just feels a bit superficial.

What would you like to be doing instead?

I'm not sure.

I know I want to travel, I know I want to help people, and I know I want to stay away from office politics. The hierarchies in most companies really drive me crazy.

I want something more collaborative and team-based, and I want to feel like the work I do makes a difference to people's lives. Maybe I should get involved with a start-up, but that feels so financially uncertain that I'm hesitant to even consider it seriously.

What's the biggest obstacle you're facing?

When I think about what to do next, everything feels so wishy-washy.

I have ideas, but they're all so vague that it's almost worse than having no ideas. I can't seem to turn them into anything solid enough to explore.

How do you turn a gentle pull into something compelling enough to chase?

Can you help Fliss?
  • Have you been in a similar situation, or are you in the same boat right now?
  • What can she do to narrow down her ideas?
  • Do you know anyone she could talk to?

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