Professional Success

by annex50

When you were a kid what did you dream you’d be?  As you grew older and, perhaps, attended college, what career did you expect to have by the age of 30?

Here is a list of jobs my friends have (I only list student if you are above expected student age).  This list includes any friend I have had over time that I still have kept up with in some capacity.  Thanks facebook and myspace.

Teacher

Unemployed

Charity Event Planner

Student

Retail Manager

Hourly Restaurant Employee

Hourly Retail Employee

Teacher

Hourly Restaurant Employee

Quality Control Analyst

Unemployed

Call Center Employee

Bartender

Pregnant

Auto Parts Associate

Stay-at-home Mom

Working 2 Hourly Jobs

Call Center Employee (again)

Restaurant Manager

Server

Restaurant Manager

Hourly Restaurant Employee

Retail Manager

Fast Food Manager

Military

Military

Restaurant Manager

Greatest Quarterback Ever (sorry, I saw Tim Tebow on my friends list).

How many of these people aspired to being in the position they are today?  This is not to bash anyone.  But, if you are doubting your place in the world and comparing yourself to unrealized expectations, take a closer look at reality.  Perhaps, you have a couple of friends who are CEO’s, famous actors, or astronauts.  Just remember, the majority are trying to find their place as well or are satisfied with a less lofty profession because they don’t place so much emphasis on it.  Your rank in the current standings are only defined by you.  You also are the only one that can choose to look at it objectively or in exaggeration.  Maybe you could earn more money or be more satisfied in your profession.  Well, plan a new path.  If it does not work out, you have not failed.  Your friends are the baseline and some are unemployed.  When you try to grasp for infinity within 4 walls, you will only strike stagnation.

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