A few days ago, I made a decision that I never anticipated. I quit school after three years of going through the motions to obtain my bachelors degree. Here's why I did it. For one, I was working harder doing something that my heart wasn't invested in and when you start veering away from what you love, things begin to feel like a chore or a force if you will. Secondly, I've come to realize that there are far more affordable ways to receive the same information if not better else where. Thanks to the world wide web, there are a millions of online classes and tutorials for virtually every subject. Not to mention, books are wildly available to anyone that is eager for knowledge. Lastly, the cost is just outrageous. Like seriously, the amount of debt that one accrues just to receive a receipt aka diploma just doesn't make sense.
Perhaps the most important part of my decision was the realization that going to school just didn't feel the same to me. I would be sitting in class thinking about a whole slew of other things like painting my clients walls Tiffany blue and thoughts on rearranging my closet would creep up. It was taking too much time away from entrepreneurship and my creativity as a designer. I just couldn't stay focused on anything that was being taught in class. Ultimately as the volume of my internal hunches got louder, I knew the decision to withdraw was right for me.
So what does this all mean to you? Well, in a nutshell I'm saying, do you for God's sake and do it well! Don't opt for doing what society tells you to do. This doesn't necessarily have to mean quitting college. If your in a field that you love, stick to it! This could mean a whole host of other things like stepping out on faith and quitting your day job, dumping your boyfriend or getting that over the top hair cut that everyone said would look horrible. See, I had to literally disrupt myself by leaving the traditional ways of higher education in order to go full fledged in doing the things that I love.
Sometimes we have to just take a different direction even if it means leaving years of hard work behind. Be fearless when passion is at stake. Have a plan and stick to it. There's a quote that says "The opposite of success is conformity." Personally, I choose success.
Disrupt the flow of things when you hear that voice inside of you telling you to take another approach. Otherwise, you will be disrupted. There is no middle ground here. Don't ever think that there is just one way to success. Sometimes you just have to take a moment to evaluate the road to success that your taking. Are you happy? Is passion at the forefront? If not, then it may be time for a change. Books have become my mentor. "Disrupt You" written by Jay Samit speaks specifically on the need to disrupt when necessary. It is an excellent read and one that I would strongly recommend. It can be purchased here for a great price.