One Way to Do It

15 Jun

I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.

-Lloyd Dobler, Say Anything 1989

Sometimes it’s just easier to figure out what you don’t like than it is to figure out what you do.

So go ahead and pull a Dobler–what don’t you want you to do or be? For example, I’m not fond of neo-Nazis, so I’m fairly certain that I’m not going to pursue that as a career path (I don’t know though, I hear they have great dental).  I also don’t like dogs; let’s be real, they’re not dogs, but mini-dwarf bears in disguise.  The fact that I was bitten as a child may also play into this dislike, I can’t really say.  However, I can say that I shall never be a dog groomer.  Finally, I don’t think I’ll become a lawyer–everyone in the profession has advised me against it, and I’m not going to pay $150 grand to hate something.  I’d rather pay $1.50 for a King Size Snickers and then hate myself for my lack of self restraint.

See?  In 30 seconds, I’ve eliminated three out of a possible gazillion professions.  I can also venture forth into the real world and discover my passions through trial and error.  What have I really got to lose? Nothing, I have nothing, because I am unemployed and broke, and as a recent grad, I also know nothing about the real world, which is all the more reason to just  dive right in to the workforce.  And readers, if you’ve yet to put on real shoes today, or if The View is within earshot, then this applies to you too.  Sure, your first job may not be what you dreamed of, but you’ll gain valuable hands-on experience as well as witness other various career options available.  So jump on in, the water’s really kind of just okay fine!


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