3 Consequences of Not Doing What You Love After College

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Life after college is hardly as glamourous as we might’ve wished – instead of finding yourself at a well-paid, important position with your own desk and an Audi, your main daily activities include watching Breaking Bad and breaking your record of most-oreos-in-one-sitting.

You find yourself in a literal draught of job offers (despite your 70 daily applications); your friends seem to have turned into workaholics who are never available to hang out anymore, and your bills are determined to keep your checkings account below $10.

Many of us have been forced to turn to other prospects while our passions are put on hold – former presidents of campus business clubs find themselves making vanilla lattes, film majors find themselves making vegetarian pizzas, and econ majors find themselves with yet another Friday night shift working till 2 a.m. at the movie theater.

But don’t forget – there are real consequences to ditching your dream for the “easier” route and becoming a stagnant college grad. Don’t believe the lie that your dream job doesn’t exist. Here are 3 consequences that could happen if you stay on that road.

1. You’ll get physically sick

I suppose I only have one piece of solid evidence for this – me.

This morning, I was watching another episode of Downton Abbey (I know, I know) when I realized that I hadn’t posted an article to StuffGradsLike in almost 2 weeks. Sure, I’ve felt discouraged that I’m a broke unemployed college grad and I struggle with the feeling that no one would want to get advice from someone like me (and hey, maybe that’s actually true)…but I haven’t really been doing what I love.

I find myself feeling anxious. Restless. Antsy. Like something’s missing. Because something is.

Taking the easy route and not practicing (because passion takes practice) makes you slow, lethargic, and bored. It’ll make you sick too, whether you realize it or not.

2. You Won’t Be Helping to Make the World a Better Place

You don’t need to watch the news or steal a newspaper from Denny’s to see that the world’s in bad shape a lot of the time.

However, there are countless organizations and companies run by awesome people that are helping the world be a better place, whether that looks like a small coffee company that gives Nicaraguan farmers fair trade deals, or saving women from the sex traffic industry.

The world needs more people like that. Sure, we need businessmen and women, CEO’s, investors, and the like – but we need you more. You’re the only man for the job. There’s no telling what difference you can make if you have the guts to start the blog, send that email, or write that book.

3. It Gets Harder and Harder to Get Back on Track

Let’s say you took a job in retail after college. We gotta pay the bills somehow, right? Right. You really want to become a counselor, and once you save up enough money for grad school, it’s your 2-week notice and that’s that.

6 months in, you get a promotion and a raise. Well hey, that’s pretty awesome. I don’t mind putting in a few extra hours at work.

It happens again after a year! Man, you are good at dealing with terrible customers and improving work efficiency. I mean, you still want to be a counselor, but what’s the rush?

Over a long time, it gets harder and harder to get back on track. Ask yourself – are you on the right track?


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  1. Amie Sites says:

    I find myself checking this site often. Keep doing what your doing. And the advice in this post? It is on point (read: a nice reminder).

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