Why It’s Okay If Your Career Isn’t All That You Hoped It Would Be

When you’re younger, you have huge dreams. As you grow older, the dreams sometimes become more contained, they become something lesser than what you originally thought, or they just go an entirely different direction completely. They go to a different area of the world or just a different genre of your life. You’ll have a different way of looking at things and you’ll see the world through different lenses. More practical lenses.

Sometimes people to achieve their dream career though and when they get there- well, it’s not exactly what they thought that it would be. It’s not as lavish or as romanticized as they had it painted out in their minds. They thought that it would be something different, they thought that it would be this incredible, undeniably beautiful thing and then they could get everything they’d ever hoped for. Sometimes though, this just isn’t true.

It’s okay. Your career isn’t exactly what you hoped it would be, and that’s okay. It doesn’t make you a bad person, it doesn’t mean that you’ve failed at what you’ve done. In fact, mark it as a success. Mark it as knowing something that you didn’t know before – a learning experience to be exact. It’s okay if you don’t want to do what you set out to do in the first place.

Sometimes a career just isn’t what you wanted, it isn’t what you’d hoped for, and it isn’t what you thought you needed. Maybe take this chance to think, really get to know yourself, and make the career into what you want it to be. You don’t have to settle for something that you’re unhappy with. Don’t do something irresponsible like quit without giving it a fair try, but don’t stay in something where you’re miserable.

Don’t do something that you’re going to hate for the rest of your life. Sometimes a career change is necessary in order to find your happiness. Sometimes a career change is necessary in order for you to be yourself again. If you’re unhappy in your career, there’s nothing wrong with changing the line that you’re in, or maybe seeing whatever it is that you can do to get it to be what you want it to be.

Think about why you’re unhappy in it. Think about what you hoped that it would be and how you can get to that point of your career. Stop and think. That’s the best advice that anyone has given me. How much do you care about what you’re doing? How much do you love what you’re doing? Is it something that you can see yourself just walking away from? If your answer is no, then keep trying. Keep pushing yourself to get to the best point that you can be at.

If your answer is yes, and you can see yourself walking away, then think about what it was that drove you to your answer. Think about what you really want and hope for in a career. Think about something that you can do and can see yourself thriving in. There are unlimited possibilities out there. Maybe try out something that you’d never thought of before, and you may find yourself in love with the career choice.

Think about it – get to where you want to be. Don’t make yourself suffer if you’re in a career that you’re not thriving in. Take care of yourself before you take care of anything else. You’re the one living with yourself at the end of the day.

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