Turn Off Your Autopilot

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Many college students at some point in their collegiate careers will have a mid-degree crisis. One day we wake up (possibly in class) and think, “What the hell am I doing here? Is this really what I want to do with my life?” Over 50 percent of college students change their major at least once before graduation, so why are we so ashamed to do it? The answer to that question probably lies in the way we were raised: go to college, get a degree, and become a lawyer or a doctor or something that makes you tons of money. From the time we’re little we’re pointed on a path toward a common outcome and pushed into the same mold; problem is, a lot of us don’t fit.

It seems like an epidemic; thousands of students going through the motions to do the things we’re told we should do. Getting good grades is more important than learning, and a dream job is the one that will buy you the biggest house and the nicest car. Too many of us are operating on autopilot. The solution? Step up to the plate and take charge of your own life! Learning to embrace change is one of the scariest and most rewarding lessons you can teach yourself.

Remember: this is what we’re in college to do! Change your mind and change it again; when that green arrow shows up beneath your feet and takes you off the beaten path, follow it. Be an innovator by taking charge of your own destiny.

Here’s my challenge to you: do one thing this week that you’ve wanted to try but have been afraid to attempt. Have a powerful day!

Photo Credit: www.phoboh.com

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