Ever since I graduated from college I have been stuck in a rut, not knowing what I wanted to do with my life or what career path I wanted to take. I knew I wanted to do something that I enjoyed, something meaningful. However all of the jobs I found were boring mundane office type jobs I knew I would hate and gave me no meaning or purpose. I wasn’t really great at any one thing, and I had a few things I was interested in but didn’t know how I could use my talents to make it a meaningful career (I’m still working on that part). So for the past year I kind of gave up. I didn’t know what to do so I did nothing. I sat around feeling sorry for myself, spending a lot of time sleeping or sitting on the couch watching TV. I knew I needed to do something even if it wasn’t going to make money right away. One thing I liked to do was help people, share my ideas. And I also liked to spend my free time scrolling through social media and surfing the internet. So I started this blog. At first I spent a lot of time figuring out how everything works and writing posts, but eventually I gave up, stopped writing. I felt like I was writing to myself and felt like everything I have to say has already been said. I gave up before I even started.
This brings to me to my first point.
1. Do something! If you are feeling stuck like I was, it doesn’t matter what you do as long as it is productive. Watching tv, complaining, and sleeping are not something. Find something you enjoy, and get good at it. Don’t give up before you start! Push through the obstacles. Do what I did and get rid of cable TV. It’s wasting valuable precious time you could be using to better yourself.
2. Find your passion! If you’re like me and changed your major many times, didn’t know what you wanted to do in life, or you’re having a hard time figuring out what your talents are, know that it is ok! It will take some work to find your calling in life. So go explore and try new things. You’ll never know what you might enjoy and be good at.
3. Believe in something and have a cause. Life is too short to work a job you hate just for money. It always helps when you feel like you are making a difference in something you care about. If you care about animal welfare like I do, get a job at an animal shelter, a veterinarian office, or even a vegetarian restaurant.Use these jobs as a learning experience and a stepping stone to get to the place you want to be. No one ever got rich from working for someone else (have a goal in mind).
4. Work hard for what you want. You will never be successful if you don’t have self efficacy. You will obtain that through working hard to achieve your goals and pushing through all adversity. It will never just come or be given to you. One of Gandhi’s deadly sins is wealth without work. Know that if you work hard enough you will get what you want and be happy with your self and your life.
5.This is my last point but probably the most important one. You MUST maintain a positive attitude and outlook on life. Cynical people rarely are successful and make a difference. I know this is such a cliche but so true; positive things come to positive people. Keep your head up and keep smiling, even through the pain and suffering. Know that one day you will have all you want and need.
Lastly, please check out these two youtube videos. They really changed my perspective and gave me the push I needed.