Quit Your Job, Follow Your Dream
“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” –Paolo Choelo, The Alchemist
This quote has always been one of my favorite quotes of all time because it reminds me that not everyone has to have the same dream come true to be considered "successful." It reminds me to stop sweating the small stuff, to keep chasing the things I am most passionate about, and to keep life interesting.
Our whole lives, people (which includes just about everyone we’ve ever met) question us non-stop about what we want to do with our lives.
What career path do we want to take?
What do we want to study in school?
Blah blah blah, yet no one wants to help guide us through these life-altering decisions.
The social “norm” is to want to find a job that gets you a nice paycheck and has absolutely nothing to do with what you enjoy, that’s where we go wrong. Confusing success with status/wealth/fame/etc. causes us to dismiss things we are passionate about and start to place more weight on how much money we'll make, which leaves us unmotivated and burnt out relatively quickly.
I recently read an incredible book, You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero (fantastic read, by the way), Sincero writes about how to stop doubting yourself and chase after things you’re truly passionate about and never thought could be possible to achieve.
The first step in finding your purpose in life is to stop looking at the process as a chore and start to enjoy and appreciate the journey. We become so obsessed with making our friends and family proud of us that we just chase after a “successful” life, but we can still make our loved ones proud and be successful while doing what we love and what we enjoy.
Explore things you love, do things that make you feel good, and encourage others to do the same. Life will become more and more interesting, and you'll get closer to your own dream come true, whatever that means to you, One Day at a Time.
India Presnell | 4 September 2017 | @ndeeeyuh