I like the ask.fm because it’s a simple, anonymous way to get questions which remind me that not everyone thinks the same way as me. Answering these questions often forces me to broaden my perspective on topics I already have a solid opinion on. Normally, I wouldn’t think twice about say, email subject lines or paid vs unpaid internships, but when a question about it pops into the ask.fm, I have to actually look at as many possible answers to the question before choosing my answer. While still detailing the other answers.
That being said, this is the first time ever that I have done a rant answer (and in video form) to a question we got on www.ask.fm/thebordercollective. A little back story, Youthhack is like an NGO, that’s dedicated to giving opportunities for high schoolers willing to take them. They are young kids (to my 21-year-old-self) who work extremely hard to make things happen for younger kids, so that the younger ones get more opportunities than the young kids did when they were at that age.
It’s confusing, but just look through their Facebook page, and it’ll make more sense. The reason I went on this rant, is because entitlement is such a tiring thing to face. And like I said in the video, I quit posting on the blog for a while because of that entitlement.
It’s interesting, coming into contact with people who think very differently from me. I am reminded always that writing this blog, putting all this information out there, it’s a crutch for people. And that’s not always a good thing. People tend to rely on this information without thinking about whether or not they can make it on their own, and that worries me.
I don’t want people to take TBC as the bible of getting a job; I want them to see it as a helping hand, a friend telling them something extra that could get them further, an insider secret.
To the person who asked that question, I hope you take what I said in the vid to heart. There’s no harm in failing. The biggest harm is failing constantly because you’re doing the same thing over and over again hoping it’ll be a hit somewhere. Constantly change what you’re doing, even just a little bit, so that both it and you improve. That’s been my motto these past few years. And I think I’ve done pretty okay.
Or you could just completely ignore me and carry on with your life. I’m fine with that too. At the end of the day, we are the captains of our own ships, and we must make decisions we can sleep with.
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Thanks for reading and hope I wrote (and said!!!) something useful for you!