Disregard Haters, Acquire Dreams

dreamsWhether your dream job is to be an animal therapist, or gladiator cyborg, don’t let the naysayers change your mind. Granted, you can take granules of advice here and there, but never let pessimists get you down about becoming *insert dream profession here*.

Relevantly, for anyone who browses reddit from time to time, you may have come across this thread. For those unawares, this thread is a roughly 20,000 answers to the question: “What career path did you choose that you strongly advise against?”

Things you will learn from the replies, or  ITT: 1. People like to whinge. This is evidenced by the existence of a similar thread asking people what career paths they chose that they would recommend, which garnered less than a fourth of the replies. 2. Every job is terrible, except maybe engineering – congrats on your future wealth and happiness engineers! Needless to say, many a redditor’s dreams were crushed. The following list includes a very, very small sample of miscellaneous professions that others have deemed the bane of their existence:

chef, photographer, game developer, website developer, piano tuner, music producer, advertising, meat processing plant worker (not the biggest surprise), artist, anything in the movie industry. retail, social worker, doctor,  anthropologist, pilot, writer, cop, cosmetologist, porn star (lol), biologist, investment banker, accountant, marine, and of course lawyer

The last one got me right in the feels, since I am currently studying voraciously for the LSAT (law school admission test) and hope to one day achieve lawyer status. Disdain for the profession is nothing new to me. There is a endless list of articles that portray my career choice in a negative light, with only the occasional positive one.

Now, I’ve known what I wanted to do with my life for years. I’ve talked with people in the industry, shadowed, and read tons about the profession, which has only bolstered my desire to pursue law school. I could go into some long tangent about my reasons, but that is not the point of this post. The point of this post is to convey the message that you should pursue your dream, regardless of the pessimists.

If you’ve thought long and hard about your future career then go for it. There’s always the chance it will suck, but there’s also the chance that it totally kicks ass – and the only way to figure it out is to try. If you find that it does suck, then reevaluate your situation and become a sperm donor or a surrogate mother to keep yourself afloat during the transition phase – jk, but seriously, be adaptable. Life ain’t no straight line.


tl; dr: disregard haters, acquire dreams

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