opportunity vs. dream

Chris (@chlomo) 10 years, 1 month ago

I don’t want to give out the circumstances to anyone until first finding out what would you choose to pursue. Im 20 years old and I don’t know whether I should pursue a dream I have or put it on the back burner for at least a year and take advantage of an opportunity that I’ve earned. What would you do at 20?

August 26, 2012 at 10:29 am
Manimal (2,998) (@manimal) 10 years, 1 month ago ago

It all depends on what kind of opportunity it is.

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Anonymous (2,654) (@) 10 years, 1 month ago ago

If the opportunity is a new experience, take it. It’s very possible that it can lead you closer to your dream. There’s a 90% chance the opportunity won’t last forever. And you might find dreams you never thought you would have. Are you asking for advice or ideas for excuses in case you regret something?

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Matthew (1,127) (@ojai) 10 years, 1 month ago ago

That’s like asking what we want to eat but telling us we can’t look at the menu!

If it’s an opportunity you say you earned, it sounds like you strived for it though?

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Ben (148) (@cognizantelephant) 10 years, 1 month ago ago

OP there is no perfect decision for anything. The only reason anyone ever says “do what’s in your heart bro” is because that is the path closest to you. Not someone else’s idea of what a good choice is. It’s more of a independence / personal fulfillment thing.

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Chris (10) (@chlomo) 10 years, 1 month ago ago

Alright its either move to Colorado be in a totally different environment on my own with medical marijuana and mountains, two things I truly want to be surrounded by, or stay in Cleveland where I have a promotion opportunity that would mean my third year working the same business, and I easily grow bored. However I would be starting a satellite office on my own which would be a great experience and offer me substantial financial gains.

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Chris (10) (@chlomo) 10 years, 1 month ago ago

@ojai, I definitely earned the opportunity because I work hard but thats out of respect. I don’t think I strived for it because I didn’t see it coming.
@beyond, Thoughts/opinions to help stimulate my own.

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Anonymous (2,654) (@) 10 years, 1 month ago ago

@chlomo, So.. what I’d do is probably choose the opportunity I worked for the last 3 years and wait for a year until I see how it works out, and if I am doing better and have enough savings to visit wherever I want after that. The main reason is that your dream won’t go away.

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Jeslyn (594) (@jeslyntweedie) 10 years, 1 month ago ago

@chlomo,

Sasho brings up a valid point. Colorado, mountains, and marijuana aren’t going anywhere. They will still be there. Make some money, then use it to open up a wider window for different freedoms–that freedom will guide you to what you REALLY want.

Make your job even a little interesting, make it something you like to do. Use your free time not working wisely and proactively–keep yourself stimulated, do new things, keep busy, make new friends. Life doesn’t have to revolve around work :)

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