While many of us claim to care less what other people’s opinions, why is it that many of our daily choices are guided by them?
In the mornings, we debate about which outfit to wear for fear that people will notice wore the same thing twice in one week. We watch what we say because we don’t want to be perceived as a jerk.
We even take other people’s opinions into account when choosing our careers. We listen to friends and family that tell us that pursuing your dreams isn’t a wise decision.
Yes, there is a healthy dose of concern for other people’s opinions, yet when it prevents you from chasing your aspirations, creating your art or being yourself then it becomes toxic.
The Hazard of Letting Someone Choose Your Career
In my global business class, the teacher went around the room asking each student their name, major, and what they wanted to get out of the class. One student, in particular, gave his name and major and said that he was only here because his parents forced him to.
He had no interest in business let alone starting one. All he wanted was to be a tattoo artist and a bartender. However, he knew his parents wouldn’t like that idea so much and instead decided to stay in their graces by sticking with a major he had no interest in.
I believe there comes a time when you have to decide between passion and practicality. Unfortunately, many of us treat practicality as the first option and consider our passions an afterthought.
Just because you can make you a six-figure salary and your family proud doesn’t mean you should.
Your life is your own and you aren’t living it for anyone else. Why are you picking a career to make someone other than yourself happy?
If you have aspirations pursue them. It doesn’t matter what other people think because you aren’t doing it for them, you are doing it for yourself. Your career choice has…