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The Road So Far


Down from the Hill or Downhill?

It has been exactly 2 years since I graduated from college, and it feels like it was just yesterday. Especially with how COVID changed how we live for the past 2 years, all the days seem to just melt into one another. Even after all of that, I was able to pick up a few new realizations after college.

One of the things that really struck me was the idea of down from the hill or downhill. After graduation it seems like there is nothing scheduled anymore and I have to figure it all out. I hope that whatever decisions I make after college lean towards growth.

So does that mean we really feel like we go down hill after college? I do not think so, in contrary I think we are going up new hills or mountains to achieve a greater goal. It does not become a downhill fall but rather an uphill challenge to greatness.

Shout out to Rustel and Franco for the Down from the Hill vs Downhill idea

LEARNING ANYTHING

I did not really see myself as one of the front runners when it came to academics and grades. I focused more on the meaning from the lessons, and if I did not score as high on tests I was not too worried. The sessions of studying where I was able to create connections and insights were far more fulfilling for me.

The pandemic renewed my joy when in reading, the book to start it all was actually The Hidden Power of F*cking Up by the Try Guys. It highlighted the willingness to try new things and even if we may have apprehensions and doubts in ourselves, trying is always an option. From there it became a landslide of random books to buy focusing on Self-help, Productivity or Management.

WORKING and NOT WORKING

I left my first job, this was something that took me months to actually do. I always had this thought if I can see myself doing this for 3 more months. The pandemic highlighted the need for stable income but it should not compromise personal development. Right now I have no regrets leaving since I know you always have to challenge yourself to grow.

In the book So Good They Cant Ignore You by Cal Newport, the term Craftsmen mindset comes up. Where Cal puts this up against passion mindset in which would be more favorable. Passion mindset is defined as what value your job offers you. Something I realized is that if you focus on what work offers you, you become hyperaware and don’t like it. I think it is relevant to be able to take everything as craft and something you are willing to work on.