Here’s why.

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Hey everyone! So as I’m sure many of you have noticed, I haven’t been writing on Medium (or anywhere else for that matter) in a few months now, and I figured it was time to put some time aside to tell you why.

Now I wish I could come to all of you and say that I’ve been working on some exciting new writing project, and that it’s taken all of my time. But that’s not at all the case.

On the contrary, I actually made the decision a few months ago to go back to school to…

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Writing is not only an amazing way to communicate, but also a form of art that differs from artist to artist. Many of us write everyday, but that doesn’t always mean our writing will improve quite as quickly as we’d like it to.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve set countless writing goals, follower goals, and skill goals, only to be disappointed when you fall short of reaching them.

Does this mean you’re a bad writer? Should you just quit?

Of course not!

What it means is that you’re focusing on the wrong activities to improve your skills.

One common…

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It’s shameful.

I’ve gained no real-world skills.

I’m in crippling debt.

And the worst part?

I still have no idea what I want to do and probably never will.

That’s the mental conversation I have with myself at least 100 times a week. Some of you may have even noticed that a few of my past articles touch on this.

It’s very clear that I have no idea what I want to do with my life and it seems like, with each passing day, that realization becomes more clear and increasingly terrifying. …

My depression has made me a stronger person in so many ways.

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If you’re looking at your depression as an obstacle in life that you just can’t seem to overcome, you need to read this article.

Depression is a terrible thing that countless people suffer from every day. It can make everyday life unbelievably difficult, and make seem like there’s no silver lining to anything.

Sometimes, though, our depression teaches us important lessons and better prepares us for all of life’s challenges.

Growing up, I suffered from very severe depression, and I still do now. It’s affected almost every aspect of my life. …

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“Nobody is going to achieve your goals for you. You are the only one who can reach your dreams.”

Sorry to be the one to tell you this, but you’re the only person who can reach your dreams, and no one is going to help you get there. If you think you need someone else’s help, you’re just wasting your time and procrastinating.

So many opportunities are missed in the mindset of, “It’s not my fault, I can’t really do this until so-and-so does that.” You know what that is? It’s an excuse.

You Don’t Need Anyone’s Help

Many of us have owned a dog at least once in our lives, and I’d venture to guess that it was a pretty eye-opening experience.

When I was 19, I adopted a puppy in an attempt to cope with my depression. Little did I know I was about to learn some of the most important lessons life had to offer. And I don’t mean lessons like, “dog food is expensive.” I mean deep, spirit altering knowledge.

So here are some of life’s lessons that are best taught by our wise, furry friends.


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That’s no joke.

Now I’m sure you’re thinking, “But wait, isn’t that the point of college?” Don’t worry, we’ll get to that.

So flash back to 6 years ago. I was graduating from high-school, my hopes were high, and I was ready for any challenge.

Or so I thought.

I had been accepted to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a plan of becoming an engineer. As each semester went on, though, it became increasingly obvious that things weren’t going quite as I had hoped.

By my second year, my GPA had dropped so low that I lost my scholarships and…

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I hate career tests.

This is for a few specific reasons.

First off, it’s extremely difficult to be unbiased, especially when it comes to our weaknesses. I’ve found myself stating that I have a skill countless times when, in actuality, I simply want to have the skill.

Career test also ask questions that are impossible to know the answer to without real world experience. I hate when I’m asked a question that goes something alone the lines of, “do you enjoy working behind a camera?” There’s clearly no way to know the answer to that without actual experience.

Finally, the…

Compare yourself to your past instead

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Every family has that “perfect child.” The one who never makes mistakes and always seems to come out on top wherever they go. Yeah, that’s not me. In my family, that child is my older brother.

When I graduated from college, I thought I’d be successful, much like my older brother had been. I thought I would have a solid career path, relationship, a house. All of it.

Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case.

Instead, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I had been single for over a year, my house was only a little…

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Sometimes, work sucks. It’s a part of life that we all have to occasionally deal with. But when does a job become too much? When is it time to say, “I need something new?”

No job is perfect, we all know that. But some jobs are certainly more well suited for some people than others. It can be hard, though, to make the mental leap and realize that it’s time to make a change.

So here are 5 signs that you need to quit your job and move on to something better.

You’re disconnected

Ryan Kubalek

Hey everyone! I try to learn something new everyday and then write about it. Hope you all enjoy!

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