I feel like in life we are often forced with the idea that we need to follow the standard procedure like everyone else that to succeed and enjoy life we must finish high school, get a post-secondary education and a standard job. Work our way up to a promotion until we reach a secure future, etc... This idea is pounded into our brains when we are children and when we are teenagers because our minds are soft and susceptible to manipulation. I'm not saying that this is bad for everyone as this standard route is good for a certain group of people because it suits their mindset, learning style, etc... However, I think for a good amount of other people, it's a terrible way to live life and they should simply find another way to achieve success, but most importantly find meaning and happiness in their lives. This video illustrates this concept well:
Then the question remains on how one achieves such a goal. We still need to make a living regardless and chasing idealistic dreams is highly risky, though could turn out to work out for a lucky determined few. Should one seek out their dream goal regardless of the risks involved? Perhaps, having a backup plan that is more modest while chasing one's true goals is a safe yet desirable option. Then there is the option that is championed by many, but only achieved by few to attain a career that is in demand and pays well. Those who seek to achieve that societal goal that are not suitable for it end up in major disappointment at one point or another and those that do achieve it find out sooner or later that money is attained at the cost of time. The truth is we all end up going through the maze of life that society has made for us and we end up in random spots in adulthood based on our circumstances and the decisions we make when we're young and naive. This other, but similar concept is illustrated in this video:
Anyways, I'm curious to hear your thoughts on this issue based on your own experiences through the game of life.