Most times, it is extremely hard to deal with people who cannot accept your career choice. It is very common for parents to have such high standards for their children and expect them to follow the career path that they have in mind. In situations like these, you just have to be honest and tell them what is best for you. Parents are not the only ones who criticize career choices. Friends, other family members, and sometimes total strangers will express concern over your career choice. If it is not something that they want you to do or they feel that you could be doing something better, they will not be able to accept your career choice. So how do you deal with people like this? The following are tips that can help you get through the tough pressures from people who cannot accept your career choice.
Tip #1: Focus on what you want. Yes, this is a rather hard thing to do. Many people are looking for acceptance from others and therefore decide to give up on their dreams when others do not approve of it. Where do you see this career taking you in the long run? Do you see success and financial stability? Do you picture yourself being happy in this career? If so, continue to push towards these goals and not give up because of what other people say.
Tip #2: Stay away from people who negatively influence you because of your career choice. If you have friends or family members who influence you in a negative way and tell you that you will never be anything in your current job, stay far away from them. Hearing negativity being said over and over can, and most likely will, become a part of your subconscious that is beating away at your mind. Be around people who accept your career and who will speak positively to you. Even if you just have one person saying encouraging things, stay close to this person and seek inspiration from them.
Tip #3: Tell them your goals for the future. If you tell people who are concerned about your career a few of your goals, maybe they will be able to accept it. Many times, people are not able to accept your career because they do not know the plans and goals that you have in mind. If you explain some of these things to them, maybe you will be able to change their minds. This is an essential tip for dealing with parents who do not accept your current career. If they are able to see the ultimate goal, they may be able to learn how to accept it. If this tip fails, do not try to get acceptance anymore. It is more than likely that they will just not be able to agree with your career. Take this as a lesson and move on from it. Begin to focus on your career.
As you can see, dealing with people who cannot accept your career choice is a very challenging thing to do. My advice is to not give up on your dreams. Do not allow someone to shape your life and career. Do what is best for you. Stay on track and stay focused on the ultimate goal.