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Just Do It.

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Theres something to say for Nike’s iconic slogan.

Just Do It.

Do it today.

Don’t make excuses.

Like anyone, I’m guilty of procrastination. As much as I want to have that paper or assignment done, the hardest part is just getting started. Studying, networking, exercising etc. in the end it’s never as bad as your mind makes you believe.

Let me repeat, it’s never as bad as your mind makes you believe. I bring up networking since I’m nearing the end of my degree. As a science student nothing will depress you more than seeing how diminutive your job prospects can be once you enter the work force. Any entry level science related job requires years of experience you don’t have or a specific degree/certification you (also) don’t have. I have a peer at a nearby university who is in software engineering. He had internships in the states from well known internet websites and received an offer to move to silicon valley straight after graduation. While it’s easy to be down on yourself (and believe me that is exactly how I spent the last couple days), in the wise words of Aaliyah

Dust yourself off, and try again

Your career life is what you make of it. It’s easy to look at those around you and think that things came easy to them, and in some cases that may be true. However their success isn’t your failure. See where you want yourself to be and set a realistic plan on how to achieve your goals. Of course this can be translated to anything. It’s easy to look at a fitness blog and say I’ll never look like that or go over to one of the more popular minimalist blogs and say I’ll never be able to do that. But isn’t this really just an extension of that looks too hard…. I don’t want to fail. 

The fear of failing at something you truly want can be enough for your mind to talk you out of trying. It sounds like such a backwards concept, how can you want something so badly but at the same time tell yourself it’s not worth trying to achieve it? Are you going to get your dream job/ body/ lifestyle immediately?  In all likelihood you aren’t, it may require months if not years of hard work. But instead of blaming external factors, put yourself in control.

Take that first step.

Just Do it.

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