Learning to Take More Chances

Originally published on Post Grad Purpose

You know that feeling you get when you have an idea in your head that just won’t go away? It keeps coming back to you no matter how many times you try to brush it off. You know it’s something good, but the fear of the unknown keeps you from pursuing it.

That’s what Post Grad Purpose is for me. It’s an idea I got almost two years ago that I’ve been toying with on and off for months. I’ve gone over all the possibilities for failure and have asked myself a million questions — is it a blog or an online magazine? Is it a business or a hobby? — and to be honest, I haven’t answered a lot of them. Although I’m scared to death about all the ways this site could go wrong, the incessant gnawing of that voice in my head is what’s motivating me to move forward. The voice, and my belief in this idea, are what’s driving me.

Since graduating from college almost three years ago (oh my god, BTW), I’ve experienced the highs and lows of post grad life. I know exactly what it’s like to graduate college and realize adult life isn’t all that easy. Many nights have been spent laying awake wondering what the rest of my life will look like and how I’ll ever be able to accomplish all the things I dream of.

What is Post Grad Purpose?

Post Grad Purpose is for those twenty-somethings in the same boat I find myself in. We’re wading through this difficult stage in life and can often feel alone in our struggles. All around us people are building start-ups, landing book deals, and being named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. We’re only at the beginning of our careers, but it already feels like we’re falling behind.

After graduation, I quickly realized the difficulties of post grad life aren’t always talked about or are downplayed, and that a lot of people need help and advice. I hope to take what I’ve learned over the past few years and share it with others. By drawing on my personal experiences and talking with others, I plan to write about careers, relationships, wellness, and life outside of work, as well as talk about the books and articles I’ve found helpful.

One of the biggest things I’ve realized since graduating is that I want to live a meaningful life. Sure, most people want this, but I’ve noticed a trend with millennials where we crave passion and purpose. We want more than the money and fancy titles; we want to enjoy the work we do and the lives we lead. My hope is that Post Grad Purpose can guide people, myself included, to that point.

Taking chances & going for it

Like I said, this blog has been something I’ve wanted to do for a while now. Thinking about doing it and actually doing it are two completely different things, though, and I got tired of only doing the former. I realized it was time to take a chance.

Taking chances and creating opportunities for yourself are huge parts of post grad life. Putting myself out there hasn’t always been my strong suit, but I’m working on it. Starting Post Grad Purpose is my first step towards that.


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