If you're a twenty-something you've been the subject of many articles. Everyone of them with an explanation of why we young promises aren't succeeding. I believe one important matter is being overlooked. That thing is: excitement for the process.
In this day and age we're obsessed with numbers, outcomes and instant succes. Everything we notice is of course doing great on one of those subjects. So we're constantly surrounded by and reminded of the rule we learned in school. Either you succeed or you fail, there's never a third option. There's room for mistakes, but one to many, and you're out.
During your education no one, except maybe your mom, calls to say you're doing such a great job, while you're in the midst of a paper. Once you finished it your teacher tells you if you failed or succeeded.
At the end of the road, when you graduate from college everyone congratulates you on succeeding, wishes you well on your career path and there's Vodka to last a lifetime.
After six months you're still looking for that job, you just finished the last drip of your lifetime supply of Vodka and you feel a bit confused.
You're putting in more effort than ever, but feeling like you're failing every second of your young life. Why? Well, first of all you're unintenionally detoxing from acknowledgement from teachers. Second, you just ended a phase where you were at the top and knew everything there was to know, and now you're starting at the bottom knowing nothing. But more importantly your best trained feature is working towards a desired outcome, but results in adult life take far too long to keep you motivated and very often the result is not even what you wanted. Like that famous saying: "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans."
That thing we need to develop as adults is enjoying the process. When you apply for a job, enjoy what you're doing at that moment; describing yourself, your best features and your desires. I'm sure everyone enjoys to talk about themselves. And when you're like me, a freelance editor, who spends more time making coffee than actually writing. Make sure to keep writing what's at heart, reading those who inspire and creating opportunities.
And when you think of those cliche successes like Steve Jobs, Oprah or your old classmate, who is doing way better than you, remember they never new what was going to happen eventually. All they could do was putting effort in what they desired to do. Because you may need others to make money, but only yourself to do what you do best.