One of the major problems with society today is that we live in an instantaneous simulation.
We’re impatient. We expect things to be done in the snap of a finger. When our phones take four seconds to open an app or our computers take 10 seconds to load a video, we flip a major shit.
In the working world, things aren’t so different. We’re impatient just waiting for an email to come in, waiting for a response after a job interview, or wanting to attain our ultimate dreams.
As time goes on, we feel like the farther we are from reaching our goals, the more frustrated and hurried we are to get them done. We graduate college, expecting to be on top of the world with the best entry-level job at a big corporation, beating out all our classmates. In reality, most of us are barely making enough to pay rent.
But all this is okay because you don’t have to impress anyone but yourself.
Yes we want to make our parents proud and also show our friends we aren’t failures, but giving into pressure like that will cause us to do things that can take us a step back rather than a foot forward.
Most celebrities never made it big until they were in their 30s. When they were in their 20s, they were farther from their dreams than what we could have imagined.
Kristin Wiig was a Universal executive room waitress and didn’t gain fame until her 30s. She was a dropout and moved to LA to pursue acting. Same went for her co-star Tina Fey. She worked the front counter of a YMCA and did stand-up in coffee shops in Chicago.
Jon Hamm was a waiter and was dropped by his agency in his mid-20s. He then went into softcore porn set design and thought about leaving the acting business. Hamm finally got his big break when he got a gig on the show Providence on NBC.
Tim Allen was arrested at 25 and was in jail for a little over two years. He credited his time in jail for getting him to go back into comedy. It was a time of focus.
They all made it big in the entertainment industry, and we’re not saying you have to make millions to feel like your life is complete. It also doesn’t mean you have to drop out of school, quit your job, and have an amazing “comeback” story, but you don’t need to have your dream job in your 20s.
Success doesn’t come instantly and that’s okay.
Stop expecting to reach your goal by the age of 26, 28, and even 30. If you dedicate yourself and exhaust all your resources to obtain your goal, you will reach it.
Pace your race — sprinting can cause a serious burnout.