Adulting 101: Don’t listen to everyone else

April 7, 2016

This particular blog post is going to be the hardest one to write, in my honest opinion, and it’s because I’m discussing something that everybody knows deep down in their hearts, but they don’t practice out of habit, conditioning of society, and out of fear.

I can go on and on about following your heart and achieving those life long dreams, but then there are the more logical people out there that don’t believe in that because their biggest priority is to provide for their family, even if it means working at a job they’re not enjoying.

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It’s really hard to find a balance between the two and if you’re one of those fortunate individuals who are blessed enough to make a decent living by doing what you love most, then good for you! Keep doing what you’re doing!

For the rest of us, it’s ALLLLLL about finding the right fit. First, you need to figure out what you like to do, and then you need to figure out what you’re good at and finding something out there where you can integrate the two.

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I’ll use myself as an example: I wanted to transition out of the food and beverage industry and into a more digital world. A friend of mine said his company was looking to hire an entry-level analyst and I wanted that position SO BADLY.

I wanted to be in a digital career field, I could totally be analytical, I was a fast learner, I’m personable, etc. I thought I was an immediate shoe-in for the position. After getting through 3 rounds of interviews, I was told that as much as the company liked me and thought I was qualified, they went ahead and offered the position to someone who was naturally more analytical.

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Yeah, that’s exactly how I felt when I got the phone call saying that I didn’t get the job.

News like this would usually end with hanging up and never hearing back from that company but instead they offered me a writing position because they noticed that I had a creative side and a natural love to write. It’s also how I came to write these blog posts.

Thinking back on it, I was initially really disappointed that I didn’t get the position, but this current situation I have going on is so much better not just for me, but for everyone. I’m working in my best element, while still getting what I want out of the job.

If you’ve been in a similar situation, share it below! We would love to hear it!