I used to think that if I work hard right now, I could make life easy for you. But now I know I shouldn’t do that.
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“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
I took a long summer off writing, and I must admit, while it hurt at the time, it was the best thing I’ve done for my writing. [Read more...]
The past few weeks have been hard on me, not because of stress from work or anything like that, but rather because I’ve arrived upon a shocking revelation about myself:
I don’t fit in at all. Not one bit. And I’m writing this because I’m wondering if you feel the same way.
Let me explain.
For much of my life, I’ve chased after the “big idea”, or in other words, the one idea that would save me from insignificance and anonymity. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably felt the urge to find your big idea too.
But, I’m starting to think this is a lie.
What if there is no big idea? What if we’re wasting our time going in search of an illusion?
It wasn’t until recently that I found out I was.
The other day I had an interview for a job in marketing and communications. When the interviewer asked me about my weaknesses, I said my degree was in Religion.
That’s when she gave me a look I would never forget.
It was a look of, “Oh, I’m not going to hire you because you have no idea what you’re talking about.”
Trouble was, I did know what I was doing. I did know about their communication needs.
I’m not bitter I didn’t get the job. I’m simply stating that in our culture, we place too much value on our degrees. Too much I think.
At times, I sense people trying to make me feel guilty that I didn’t get a degree in Marketing, Communications, or English. But I don’t feel that guilt because I know my degrees don’t validate me in any way.
I’m wondering if you feel this too. Do people make you feel like your degree is hurting you? [Read more...]
This post originally appeared on Rethink Creative’s blog.
This past February, a strange thing happened: an article I wrote went viral around the world.
At first, I was thrilled. I didn’t think the article was that great, and it didn’t really fit my brand at all. But I wrote it out of a deep sense of passion, and that was received well, which made me incredibly happy.
I imagined that this was what it was like to finally receive a “big break” for your dreams. When my article starting zooming into the millions (in views), I thought this was it. This was when my dreams will finally start happening.
But then the buzz started fading away. I thought I was doing something wrong because my big break was slipping through my fingers. [Read more...]