How to follow your dreams, according to Emma Watson
Thinking about a future career can be scary, and you might have zero idea of what field you want to enter. That's perfectly okay, and you have plenty of time to figure it out. If you're biting your nails with worry about how you'll choose and handle life ahead, here is some *amazing* advice from our fave celebs.
Sabrina Carpenter: See inspiration everywhere.
"I get inspiration from literally everything and anything. I take inspiration from people, relationships, stories, and I take inspiration from movies I see, books I read, and songs I hear," Sabrina said.
Take a page out of Sabrina's book, and keep your eyes open to the different possibilities for your future—observe the people around you, listen to your parents' stories about their days at work and pay attention to the variety of careers you see in your community. Maybe your bestie is working on an exciting project at a local nonprofit, or your neighbor is an unstoppable force of nature in her field. Ask them questions; you might discover that their kind of work is right up your alley.
If you can't think of anyone to ask, remember Sabrina's advice and take inspo from your favorite movies. Do you envy Elle Woods's law career in Legally Blonde, or you long to join the ladies of Hidden Figures at NASA? Those could be options for your future career, too!
Beyonce: Create your *own* destiny.
“Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are,” Queen Bey told GQ magazine.
So the next time your friend tells you that you "have" to be a doctor, or your family members pressure you to follow the same career path that they chose, remember that it's up to you to determine your own fate. Gently tell your loved ones that you're imagining a different line of work for yourself, and although you appreciate their advice and concern, you're going to follow your own passions.
Taylor Swift: When you make mistakes, forgive yourself.
“I always have to work on being easier on myself because I overthink things," Taylor told Vogue. "Like when something doesn’t work out and I think it’s my fault, or that I shouldn’t have done this or shouldn’t have done that. Overthinking is my greatest adversary."
Trying to decide what you should pursue as a career is overwhelming, and there will be bumps along the road as you figure it out. Taylor lets us know that there's nothing wrong with that. "Some days you’re exhausted and some days you’re in a bad mood and that’s okay," she continues. "Sometimes you have the best intentions, but you make mistakes."
Gina Rodriguez: Don't let prejudice hold you back.
"Now I can talk to more girls and tell them that any skin color, any economic background, any shape they were born into is perfect and right and strong an beautiful and enough," Gina said. In a separate interview, she elaborated: "I am not defined by the fact that my parents speak Spanish or that my skin color is brown. I'm defined by my character, and my character is a strong woman that's independent, that's following her dreams, that wants love, that wants a family, that wants to succeed just like anybody else in this world."
If a bully is making you feel like you can't accomplish something, whether it's because of your race, background or anything else that is entirely outside of your own control, don't let their cruel and unfair criticisms prevent you from pushing forward. You can do it!
Emma Watson: Fear is natural.
You might be passionate about a field that others warn is competitive, but you shouldn't allow your feeling scared to stop you from pursuing your interests. "There's nothing wrong with being afraid," Emma tells us. "It's not the absence of fear; it's overcoming it. Sometimes you've got to blast through and have faith."
We already knew that Emma was wise beyond her years, but this proves it—everyone worries that they won't be successful, but our favorite Belle is living proof that perserverance is key. In fact, during her famous 2014 speech at the United Nations, Emma reminded us of the importance of "blasting through" our fears for what we believe is right. "In my nervousness for this speech and my moments of doubt, I've told myself firmly: 'If not me, who? If not now, when?'" she said.
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