How to Get Out of a Rut

Getting out of a rut

For me, having a vision and purpose are the basis for motivation. But when I entered university, I did not know what I was doing or what I was looking for. Quite honestly, attending university was a rite of passage and not a conscientious decision. On top of that, the huge U0 classes, the sense of isolation, and the need to be something made me feel quite lost.

It took me almost two years to get to a better place. Here are some thoughts and resources that were helpful to me when I felt stuck in a spot. Give them a quick read!

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Falling Short

picStarting from age 6, we’re put in school and taught a plethora of things, from arithmetic to language; things that are supposed to lead us to a successful future. However, what we were never taught is what to do and how to react when success doesn’t come our way. This can mean not getting that grade you desperately need for some graduate program, applying to a handful of jobs and not securing any, and so forth.

I think knowing how to deal with the absence of success (note my deliberate avoidance of the word failure) in a positive way is a vital skill for moving forward, and reaching your career goals. By no means am I an expert advice giver on this topic, but I feel I have come a long way from my old Netflix-binge-watching-with-a-tub-of-ice-cream approach to dealing with falling short .

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Pursuit: “What I wish I knew when I was _____”

There’s A LOT of advice in the world of online articles (such as here and here) and books (like this) where “older” people look back and make a list of the things they wish they knew at “(enter number here)” age. These sorts of reminiscent-advice-laden articles and books are exciting! Being a “young” person you’re getting full access pass to secrets that older successful people want you to know.

 

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