As a kid growing up, you always get asked the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?” And, you probably gave your share of creative answers — astronaut, teacher, firefighter…the list goes on and on.
Then at some point in your life, probably around your teens, reality starts hitting you. You start thinking about going to college, getting a job, and making a living. That’s when we start pushing our biggest passions and dreams aside so that we can create a life for ourselves.
What if we just held onto those dreams for just a little bit longer?
Obviously, some of the passions we had as a child aren’t going to translate into adulthood very well (not everyone can live on Sesame Street). But when they do, give yourself the opportunity to explore them.
Don’t let fear hold you back.
When it comes to making real life decisions, we are often fearful and tend to go with whatever is the surest bet. It is difficult to task risks because of the possibility of failure. But at the same time, you never know what amazing things can happen. Don’t let fear hold you back. As long as you put in the work and the time, you’ve already reached success.
Know the difference between a job and a career.
A job and a career are two very different things. A job is something you do to make a living right now. A career is that, plus more. It’s something you want to cultivate, hone and perfect. It’s something you can see yourself doing long-term, even for the rest of your life. While you may be making a good living from your job, is that how you want to be spending your time?
Do what you love.
Not everyone is fortunate enough to do what they love. But at least once, give yourself the opportunity to pursue it. Whether you fail or succeed, you know that you have at least tried.
As the saying goes, do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.