It can be scary, exciting, confusing and is one of the very few realities everyone must confront. What will I do to make a living? I spent 26 years as an executive recruiter and another 14 years as a talent scout in the music business. Across those years were uncounted conversations about how to make wise choices.
In most cases the choices tend to be presented to you by circumstance, education, your connections, the practical facts staring you in the face. We all eventually must fish or cut bait and get on with work, a job, ultimately a career. Rarely is this process leisurely or casual, everything rides on your decisions.
In about your forties, definitely fifties most people start questioning what they do to pay the bills and the majority opt for, again, what is practical and realistic. But there is no question younger people, even more than in the sixties when change was everywhere,
seriously challenge the necessity to "just work". Is that all there is, I go to work and then that's it for me?
When I have a chance to speak with someone about how they can take better care of their situation, operate wisely, keep their guard up it becomes clear that truly opting for work that can make you quite happy requires patience and planning in spades. It's usually a juggling act to keep bread on the table while optimizing your career possibilities.
If luck doesn't bring you to a sensational job/career choice early you will have to pull off your own hail mary in mid career. Driven, highly successful people seem less likely to have that problem, they are so caught up in whatever they have on the plate.
So my guidance, suggestions, ideas are seem to find a good audience with upper middle range folks who want success but not if it means sacrificing life.