Your career is like a giant puzzle. Too bad you didn’t get the final picture or the proper instructions.
It would be nice to know what we are going to be when we grow up. I was going to be an architect, then a chiropractor and then a history teacher. Lots of good reasons why it didn’t happen. Lots of good reasons why I am doing what I do.
My best advice, if you are not the planning type is to picture where you want to be in 25 years. Planners already do this which is why a lot of them are successful. Without a goal in mind, then how do you know what you need to do next. Sorry you can’t leave it to chance. You do have to plan.
What else can you do? Be curious and take a lot of courses, attend webinars and read a lot of books. You might end up modifying your path along the way. While you are at it meet new people. I especially enjoy meeting new Canadians. So much to learn!
You even need to enjoy the failures as they are learning experiences. I heard a while back that a great story is a sad occurrence followed by a long period of time. The trick when it comes to failures is to make sure that they are always different and not repeatable.