For The Love of Money or Passion?
The ideal goal after graduating college is to get a career within your field that you got your degree in and be successful financially. Six months after graduation, you know those loans are coming through and you just want to be great! The difficult part for me was that, being a public relations major, there are so many avenues, the question is what exactly do I want to do? Being the creative person that I am, of course my passion fell into the music/entertainment industry. The problem with my passion is that, although there is money to make, it can take years to get the amount of coins everyone dreams of.
Right after I graduated, I secured an internship with a record label in Miami and I was also going to the Media Sales Institute. To be honest, I didn’t know what the hell I was getting myself into when I went to the institute. But, while I was there, I was working on a marketing campaign for a real client, and listening to speakers who are actually in the media sales career, I kept thinking to myself, is this for me? Every guest speaker spoke about how happy they were with their jobs, but the main reason why they were so happy was because of the amount of money they were making. Yes, the money sounded great and like I said before, I am all for getting your coins, but you have to want to do sales and enjoy it in order to excel in it.
We interviewed with about 10 to 15 companies the last day of the institute and I only liked two of them. Yes, I could see myself being in this career, but I couldn’t fully be myself in this career. I was more excited about my internship with the record label. I wanted to learn and grow in the music business. No job is perfect, but it’s something that I love and that I know was made for me. I came to realize that I am only 22 years old, I don’t have to have it all figured out right now. On top of that, I do not want to wake up and hate my job and only have money as my motivation to go. When you're passionate about something, you’re more willing to push yourself out of your comfort zone and surpass the goals you originally had for yourself. Imagine the feeling of getting your coin and excelling in your passion, simple happiness.
Final 3 things I constantly remind myself:
1. Realize that if you want this, you need to put in the work. Nothing that you truly want comes easy.
2. Do not watch other people progress on social media. Focus on yourself because social media can be very deceiving.
3. You will never see your full potential, until you fight your fear.