I graduated a month ago and I'm feeling stuck at the moment. When you think back on your experiences, what do you wish your younger self knew?

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What an awesome question! In my experience, I wish I knew to trust myself at a younger age. Life is infinitely complicated and curve balls are everywhere. What feels like "stuck" could really just be your inner self telling you to quiet down and listen for your next move, with your heart, not your head. If anything stifles inspiration for me, it's doubt and fear. Try not to fall into the cycle of "I should do this" and "people expect me to do that..." Be you. Above all things, trust that you have something unique to offer the world. Whenever we feel unsure of our purpose, it's good to check in with our dreams. Literally. What is your dream? If you don't know the answer to that, try asking yourself what your nightmare is- and work backwards. As they say, "If you don't know where you're going, any path will get you there." Get clear on your dream. The rest will evolve naturally.

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Try not to personalize things so much. Early on in your career, it's easy to wrongly attribute every criticism and piece of feedback your receive at work to some major inherent flaw of yours. Try not to beat yourself up! In fact, welcome feedback and criticism with open arms - feedback (even the hard stuff) is the magic that it will help you grow. But don't let tough feedback get you in a funk that in turn infects other aspects of your life. I wish sometime was there to tell me this daily when I was 21!

last year

It all doesn't simply "work out". I got this advice from a lot of people who tried to stay positive when I was struggling to hear back from my job applications. Their kind words were a way to sort of say, "Don't worry. You're applying for jobs and putting good vibes out there. It will all work out, and you'll get a job eventually."

Though it's nice to get this kind of support, the big thing I learned was that sometimes staying the course doesn't work out, and you need to actively change or improve the situation by any means necessary to give you better odds to succeed. I dive into how I improved my odds of getting to the phone interview more in this post: http://huttle.co/posts/CfG9h8wSzXNLqqzbw/one-quick-way-to-stand-out-in-an-interview.

But the key takeaway is this: if things aren't going the way you want, don't stand back and wait for things to work out. Go out and DO something to get the future you want.

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