The Little Things that lead to Big Changes

Hey guys!! Took me a while to get back on here. Sorry about that. I know you guys have been on the edge of your seats about what I’m going to write next. Well it’s been an interesting past month. I went on vacation! I’ve been using my vacation time to get away from everything that’s been going on. I just needed a break. I needed a break so I can figure out what I’m doing with my life. I’m at the age where I should have my path figured out. It’s been a long hard process for me in trying to sort out this crazy thing called life. I’ve changed my major in college numerous times. I even changed it after going to school for 3 years!! Craziness, I know. The major I graduated with ended up being a really great one. It was one hell of a challenge, to say the least. I grinding it out and graduated with a pretty impressive degree, if I do say so myself.

In case you’re wondering, it was an electrical engineering degree. This was huge! I was incredibly proud of myself for the accomplishment, but even after graduating, I didn’t feel like that was really what I wanted to do. I found myself heading down the same road as everyone else: apply to a shit load of jobs, praying for someone to give me a chance. The thing was, I didn’t have much experience. I had spent all my time focusing on school and going back home to see family and help out. So when applying for a fancy, grown-up job, they all demanded the same thing: on-the-job experience. Now, I know it was my fault for not getting the summer internships that I should’ve gotten. I know I should have done better in school so that my grades would have been better. My grades weren’t terrible, but they weren’t what companies wanted. After all the grinding and applying for jobs and being shut down by every job position, I decided to move back home.

I moved back home because of family circumstances. Luckily I was able to find a job back home. They liked what they saw in my resume and we had a pretty good interview. So I got the job!! Which definitely felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders because student loans are no joke and when they come, they come fast!! And they show no mercy. So now I got this pretty good job. I’m learning a lot and using my degree to the fullest, but something doesn’t seem right. I feel like this isn’t for me.

So to sum it up, after all the years of school, all the time and money spent, I don’t think this is for me. Now don’t get me wrong, I love seeing how things work and building things. I just don’t like working for someone. I know you’re probably laughing at me or shaking your head. That’s my feeling exactly. I’ve seen a lot of things and reflected a lot on what path to take. I’ve let a lot of things influence me. I’ve let the idea of having a good job come over me like if that was the only option I had. Get a good degree and get a good job. That was the mentality I had grown to have.

Then I started reading and researching more. I came across people and situations that showed me that I can accomplish so much more than what was presented to me in school. I also got a glimpse about life and how hard and unpredictable it is. Life will knock you down in the worst way possible. And for this reason exactly, you should chase your dreams. I came across this video that sums up the uncertainty of life and why you should chase your dreams no matter what. It’s sad but beautiful at the very same time. Maybe it will change your life too:

Well to sum it up, I want to run my own business. I want to run my own show. After all the trials and tribulations of school and life, I’ve decided I want to get more out of life than just working for someone. I want to play by my own rules. I want to be in full control over my time, happiness, and income. Maybe it was the effect of videos like the one above that show the trials of life, maybe it was those successful people that show what can happen if you grinding it relentlessly at your own business. Maybe it was both. But all in all, I’ve decided to chase my dreams of running my own show.

So my blog is always about the little things. I think we take the little things for granted. It’s the sum of all these little things that make up our life. And if you notice them, you’ll realize just how beautiful life really is. Well one of the little things that pushed me over the edge into follow my dreams is something that doesn’t seem relevant at all:  my sister’s cats. I know, I know. What the heck do my sister’s cats have anything to do with my chasing my dreams? Well let me tell you a story.

Every time I visit my sister, she always complains about her cats. She has these two adorable looking cats with the most random names, Molly and Black (My 2 year old niece picked the names). My sister saved these cats from freezing to death this winter. They were small cute little kittens, but they’ve grown into these relentless cats. I say relentless because they will stop at nothing to eat the kitchen food that my sister accidently leaves out. Funny thing is, they’re already fat cats because my sister feeds them cat food regularly. But they still go for the kitchen food any chance they get. The moment my sister turns her back or walks out of the kitchen, they’re on it! And it doesn’t matter if my sister is watching them or if someone is in the kitchen. They still go for the food, no matter what consequence come from it. They are relentless and they don’t give up.

And I always wonder why people don’t have this same level of urgency when it comes to their lives. Go for what you want out at all costs. Chase your dreams relentlessly! Become obsessed with getting what you want.

All in all, just wanted to share with you guys how one small observation, one little thing, helped me realize how much I need to really chase my goals and do what I want, no matter what looks good on paper. Because being an electrical engineer for a good company looks pretty good on paper, but it’s just not for me. Now, to figure out how to transition into what I really want to do will be the challenge… should be fun.

Until next time my friends! And remember to look out for the little things. They can change your life.