2 Reasons Why I’m A Failure But, I’m Happy About It

Irene Chu
3 min readAug 22, 2022

I’ve switched jobs every year for the past six years.

At 22, I taught English at a language school.

At 23, I worked at the front desk of a local gym, signing people up for memberships.

At 24, I worked as an aesthetician, removing people’s hair with sugar paste.

At 25, I taught English at an elementary school.

At 26, I taught English at a kindergarten. At 27, I became a remote copywriter at a digital marketing agency.

And now at 28, I’m back to teaching at a kindergarten.

Sometimes I can’t help but feel like a failure because I haven’t settled into a career yet.

Most of my friends at this age have worked at the same company for years.

Yet, I keep career and job hopping, still trying to figure out the path I want to take.

But lately, I’ve realized though I’ve been job hopping, these years weren’t a “waste” of my life.

Because with each career and job switch, I’ve learned more about myself.

About what I like, what I don’t like, the type of work environment that I thrive in, and the kind of life I want to build.

So here’s my takeaway for you:

It’s okay if you don’t know what you want to do with your life yet.

What’s most important is you act on any opportunities that excite you.

With each opportunity, you’ll learn more about yourself.

You’ll figure out what you don’t want, and this will guide you toward what you do want.

So, remember this, with every job that doesn’t work out, you’re one step closer to finding out what it is you want to do.

I’ve moved every year, either to a new apartment, city, or country since I was 18.

In fact, I’m notorious for spontaneously moving.

For the longest time, I felt ashamed of this.

Ashamed that I’ve struggled to decide where to live for 10 years.

Irene Chu

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