Like so many college students out there, I went through school completely unaware of what I wanted to do when my safety net was finally up after four years. As a result of being so clueless, I fell into the trap of letting society, my college, and my peers dictate to me what my career and life ‘should be’. I was headed down a more traditional path that had a very clear road to success because I thought that was what I was suppose to do and that there was no other option. After internship after internship after internship in these fields, I was still completely clueless as to what I actually wanted to do! Deep down, I wanted to pursue a career that I wanted and that I was extremely passionate about, but I was never able to take that leap of faith for whatever reason.
After a wave of inspiration this past week, I decided to create a ‘Top 5’ list of the reasons why people (myself included) do not pursue their passions. I hope this resonates with you and gives you some motivation to get up tomorrow and take boots to asses!
5) Aren’t willing to separate from the herd- It is so much easier to go down the road that everybody else is taking instead of staying true to yourself. It is an awfully daunting task to carve your own path! I went to college where the vast majority of my classmates went on to be doctors, lawyers, and bankers. Not that there is anything wrong with that career direction, but I only pursued that route because everybody else around me was doing it. As an impressionable undergraduate, it was significantly easier to go down the path of everybody else instead of following my own heart. You need to immediately start to adopt the mentality of Wiz Khalifa and tell yourself “While you busy tryin to fit in, Imma stand out!”