Having a Quarter Life Crisis? This Could Be the Reason Why.

It used to be, disgruntled feelings about the direction your life was taking didn’t crop up until your forties. At which point you rushed out and bought an impractical vehicle or had an affair. (Sometimes, both.)

But that’s all changed. A recent LinkedIn study found that 75 percent of 25-33 year olds have experienced a period of intense soul-searching and stress. Dubbed the new midlife crisis, a quarter life crisis usually coincides with dissatisfaction around career, earnings or just feeling stuck.

Subjecting your life to scrutiny is never fun, but when you’re older you at least have the means to act out. For millennials in the throes of a quarter life crisis, that’s not the case.

Between long work hours, student loans and the high cost of living, things like affairs and overpriced sports cars aren’t even a consideration. If that sounds like you, don’t worry.

It might not feel like it now, but you have what it takes to power through your quarter life crisis. It’s not comfortable (growth rarely is), but neither is it going to last forever. It’s a normal stage of life. Nothing more, nothing less.

Why Are You Having a Quarter Life Crisis?

The main reason millennials go through quarter life crises is because they can’t find work they’re passionate about. It makes sense. There are few things more soul-destroying than working at an underwhelming job.

It might pay the bills, but if it leaves you drained and uninspired, you need to plot your escape. A lot of times we paint ourselves into a corner with our beliefs. We allow things like our education or our parents’ expectations to define us.

The problem is, you’ll never excel at something when your heart isn’t in it. You owe it to yourself (and the world) to find work you love and do it.

[VIDEO] How to Find Work You Love

 

Scott Dinsmore —founder of Live Your Legend— took a leap of faith when he quit a job that made him miserable so he could find work that made him come alive. In his popular TEDx talk, Scott unpacks what it takes to find the thing that matters to you and then go after it.

Sadly, Scott passed away in 2015, but not before he inspired thousands of people to find work they love and live their own legends. This was a guy who walked his talk.

Depending on your circumstances, there are a number of options to consider. You could switch industries and roles, for example. You could also go back to school, take a sabbatical, go freelance or start your own business.

None of these choices are easy, but they’re not impossible, either. Simply entertaining the idea of something else is a good first step. Changing your life doesn’t have to be all or nothing.

You could start by seeking out career advice or connecting with people who are doing what you’d like to do. The important thing is to do something. Take that next step toward figuring out what you want to do.

Slowly but surely, you’ll move closer to the life you want. In the words of William H. Murrary, “The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.”

Put another way, the Universe has your back. But first you have to commit.

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Thomas M
Thomas M1 days ago

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Hannah A
Hannah A15 days ago

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Frances G
Frances G18 days ago

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Lisa M
Lisa M20 days ago

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Lisa M
Lisa M20 days ago

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Chad A
Chad A21 days ago

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Danuta W
Danuta W21 days ago

Thank you for sharing

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Anne M
Anne M22 days ago

20 to 31 years old,, were not kind to me either,,, it was a horror show,, but not for the reasons mentioned here...

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Janet B
Janet B22 days ago

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Christine D
Christine D22 days ago

A sad testament to how our society has grown into one that cares more about profits than human well-being.

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