As we graduate from college, we’re faced with several questions: Are we going to get a job and start their careers? Or are we going to take a break? Or go to graduate school? Or are we going to start a business? Are we going to get married and have kids (if we haven’t done so already)? Are we going to move out of our parents house and get our own place? Are we going to take on the world or stay on the couch watching TV?
Basically: What will we do now?
There are some of us don’t know what to do and are figuring it out, while some of us do know exactly what we want to do. There’s also some of us that only have an idea of where we’d want to be, with no plan on how to get there. No matter where we are are what we end up doing, there are a ton of possibilities for us to take that will lead us in different directions. Each possibility we take will get us a step closer to what we want to do and where we want to end up in our lives.
However, what we do still matters. Even though we mightn’t get a letter grade for our efforts and what we turn in, we will be measured by others. What we do and say at our jobs, our homes, or while hanging out with family and friends makes a difference. What people see come out of us through our actions and words determines their opinion of us and how they think and act around us.
This is because it shows who we are and what matters to us. It also shows what we care about, what we are willing to put money and time into, and how we view things. These things could factor into whether or not we get and/or keep a job and friends, how much we can afford in terms of needs and wants, and other things that we can do.
Like in college, what we care about, our actions and words, and what we do with our time and money affects what you do and what path you take. In college, we picked a major that aligns with what we want to do and our strengths. The work we put into our classes and how seriously we took our college careers is reflected in our GPAs, our academic standing, and in our grades. Your peers and professors view you based on the work you put in, your attitude, and your willingness.
How we approach our post-college life is much the same way. What we end up doing and the path we take is influenced by what we say, our actions, and what we care about. The job we have, the graduate school we go to, or anything else that we do is a part of the path that we take to get to where we want to go. The effort that we put into our jobs, our friends and family, and anything else we do is reflected by what our coworkers, bosses, friends, family, and others think about us. It also reflects in the feedback we’re given, whether or not we keep our jobs, and what we do for a living.
What we do and care about now affects us later in life, which is why there are a ton of possibilities. It’s also why there’s a ton of questions we get when we graduate. These choices could be the difference of being a drug addict with no job, a CEO of Apple, running our own interior design company or a chemical engineer in Johnson and Johnson.
With this in mind, what will you do now? What path will you take to get to where you want to go? Are you going to take on the world or sit on the couch and watch TV?