For the most part, you think you have somewhat of an idea of what your life path is going to entail, like where you want to live and who you want to be associated with.  But like any other aspect of life, nothing ever really goes according to plan.

If you step back for a moment, you have the opportunity to learn about yourself and the things you never thought you’d be interested in. It may sound cliche, but discovering your inner persona can lead you down many paths you’d never thought to travel and can benefit you in more than one ways.

Here are some things you may want to try for size to see if you’re fit enough for it:

Start up a business

We all know who Mark Zuckerberg is. He was a 19-year-old college kid who started Facebook from the corner of his dormitory. Now, 24, he’s one of the wealthiest businessmen in America. You don’t have to be 40 years old to be successful. All you need is a product that people need or want, a plan and the willpower to motivate yourself. Who knows, maybe you can be the next Zuckerberg.

Write a book or Start a Blog

You might enjoy keeping a personal journal or you may spend your time at work writing emails and press releases, why not turn that skill into money? Many young women and stay-at-home Mom’s have banked off this idea and are reaping the benefits.

If you’re a poet, try putting together a scrapbook and selling them at local poetry clubs. Or you can write about an issue or topic that pertains to specific people. For Moms, write about your pregnancy and raising your child. For others, write about how you’re getting in shape, eating healthy or getting over a recent breakup.

Record a song or an album

I know, I know, everyone wants to be a singer these days. But if you really have the talent and skills to rap, sing or play a musical instrument, get together with other individuals who share the same interest and passion. Use websites like Meetup.com to meet local musicians and people with similar interests.

With the help of easy to understand computer software like GarageBand (that Apple’s MacBooks offer), you can be a one-lady-band and record an entire album in your bedroom. Besides, you never know who’ll be listening to you.

Break a world record

This should be fun to look back on when you’re older. Check out the latest “Guinness Book of World Records” and try to top something that catches your interest. You don’t have to be great at anything in particular or be some kind of freak that twists and turns their body into different positions, you can do something like creating the world’s largest pizza (maybe).

I’m sure your friends would love that!

Start an underground publication

The web is overrun with publications to serve difference niches of people with vital information. Sometimes, however, the information provided isn’t always accurate or focus on issues that are irrelevant to the readers. Got news on your mind that you feel your friends and colleagues should know about? Start your own publication and write about what you believe in and what others should be informed about.

Conquer your fears

Scared of heights? Go skydiving! Afraid of speed? Hop on a motorcycle! Terrified of dogs? Pet a puppy!

You only live once. Go against your fears at least once. It’s something you’ll be proud of for the rest of your life!

Do some humanitarian work

Whether it’s helping clean up New Orleans or Haiti, people all over the world need people like you to help them. As a part of the human race, we’re all responsible for helping each other out in times of need—do unto others as you want done to you.

Besides, this is something that’ll look great on your resume. So don’t try to live your life on a pre-paved path.

Step out of your comfort zone and do something worth living for!

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