Advice You Shouldn't Listen To Pt. II

Thursday, January 12, 2017


Read Part One here.

Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life.
This thinking is a bit naive. Do what you love, definitely, but don't think that if your job feels like "work," it's not for you. Every job will feel like that sometimes. Every one! The key is feeling like it's worth it to put in the work. 

Quit your job and follow your dreams.
This seems to be the mantra for millennials, and it's actually pretty bad advice. Not all of us are in a position where we can up and quit our jobs. It's not realistic. In "Big Magic," Liz Gilbert told a story about her dad, saying, "He didn't quit his day job to follow his dream; he just folded his dream into his everyday life." If you have other passions or dreams aside from your day job, you don't have to give everything up for it. Fold it in.

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
No. Just, no. I don't know if people actually do this or if it's just one of those things you hear in movies, but no. Don't keep your enemies anywhere near you. Get rid of anyone toxic in your life. They are not worth your time or energy.

If it's meant to be, it will be.
This goes along with "good things come to those who wait." The saying suggests that if something is supposed to happen, you don't have to work for it, it'll just happen. Don't let it trick you into being lazy. Go after what you want.

As long as you're happy, that's all that matters.
Well, that's not all that matters. If your own happiness is the only thing you are concerned about, that's selfish and self-centered. Do what makes you happy, but not at the expense of others. Be kind. Help others be happy too.


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