Open Your Mind To New/Old Opportunities

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Modeling was Brigit’s passion. What’s yours?

As I continue my job search, I realize that I have been going about this “not having a job” thing all wrong. I’ve been too narrow-minded. I basically spend a few hours a day looking and applying for jobs … and the rest of the time, I’ve been kind of just waiting for something to happen.

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Now, I’m not literally sitting on my butt and staring at my computer screen or phone waiting for a response. I’ve been doing other things, too, like going out with friends, working out, and looking into other options (and, well, sometimes just sitting on my butt—everyone needs a break sometimes).

However, recently a friend challenged me to try revisiting an old interest that I used to be passionate about—something that I had not thought about in a long time. This made me realize that I’ve been so focused on my narrow job path that I had actually forgotten about some things that were once important to me—things that could point me toward opportunities that I’d love. I’d been so wrapped up in getting a job, improving my résumé, and pursing options within my chosen field, that I lost track of what’s really important to me.

This made me realize something: Your dream doesn’t have to be defined by any one thing. You can still pursue your dream job, but that doesn’t mean you need to do only that. There are other dreams to be pursued, too—and right now may be the perfect time to investigate new opportunities!

Pursue Previous Passions

Remember that thing I told you about earlier—that thing that I was passionate about? It was modeling. I have always wanted to be a model. In fact, I’ve actually tried out for America’s Next Top Model and even got a call back. Things didn’t end up working out, but that experience showed me that I had potential.

Between going to school and pursuing my other passion, I had completely forgotten about modeling. That is, until I reconnected recently with a friend from high school who asked if I was interested in doing a photo shoot. It was like a spark that burst into flame. Feelings that I’d completely forgotten about came rushing back, and they were burning with a fiery passion. Now I want to try it again.

This doesn’t mean that I’ll stop my job search, but I’ll pursue another dream in my spare time. You never know until you try!

Talk And Hang Out With Unexpected People

Through my friend from high school, I was able to remember something that I once loved. If I hadn’t connected with him, I might still be waiting around and being narrow-minded. Instead, I feel so much more is possible now!

Meeting new people and speaking with old acquaintances can lead you to unexpected outcomes. Some of them might be better than you realize. So I say, get up the courage and talk to someone. Maybe an old high school friend, or that one girl from summer camp, or even that random guy you always see at your morning hangout.

You never know what may come out of that connection. Perhaps they have a friend or relative who works in an industry you want to get into. They might even be working in that field themselves. Or maybe they can just offer you a new way of thinking. And sometimes, that thinking is life changing. Either way, I think it is worth it to try.

Have you pursued your passion while job searching or working? Tell us about your experience in the comments!

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  1. Sasha March 26, 2014 / 11:00 am

    This piece kind of ties into the other recent post about your major no determining your future/career. We’re fortunate enough to have so many resources these days you can self-teach yourself so many skills! You just have to keep an open mind and keep pressing forward!

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