The advice we give children as they ponder growing up doesn’t quite translate in adulthood. “Follow your dreams” and other sunshine-and-lollipop statements are irrelevant in a tough economy and challenging job market. As you embark on your first job after college, that’s worth remembering.
The brilliant satirists at The Onion took note of this with an advice piece titled “Find the thing you’re most passionate about, then do it on nights and weekends for the rest of your life.” In it, helpful adviser David Ferguson offers this sage wisdom:
“The bottom line is that life is short, and you owe it to yourself to spend the majority of it giving yourself wholly and completely to something you absolutely hate, and 20 minutes here and there doing what you feel you were put on this earth to do.”
Cynical, Yes, But Also True
There is a harsh nugget of truth within such cynicism. That screenplay that has long been gestating in your head might be a major life goal, but it might not replace your salary anytime soon. Your penchant for yakking about fashionable shoes on Facebook might be a fun distraction, but it doesn’t mean Fashionable Shoes Yakking Monthly will come calling with a lucrative offer.
That doesn’t mean those dreams should die. Like so many parts ofwork and life, it just takes balance and a realistic outlook. Here are five tips for navigating through it all:
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