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Focus on Career + income or my dream

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  1. golaso9

    golaso9 Registered Member

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    I am 22. I have a dream of playing for my country in the olympics in my sport. I have had success already and would already be pursuing it if it wasnt for school. The training center is only in one specific city.

    I am about to graduate with a bachelors degree from university (physical and health education). I want to pursue further education to set myself up for a nice life with a nice stable and high income. Problem with this is that I want to go chase my dreams but if i don't go back to school right away, I won't have a good paying job (and only be able to work it part time). I also will have 20 grand of debt to pay back from student loans which hinders me in paying for travel and shit (poor funding in my sport).

    No idea what to do. I figure I can always go back to school but I am young now (22) and it might be better to go pursue my physical/athletic dream and a career later. I can kind of do both at the same time but it just won't be as good in terms of results.

    Any ideas fellas or thoughts/experience in matters like these. This is a huge life decision. My biggest yet.
     
  2. jazzc

    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Go see a person in your sport who has top wins (Olympics? I don't know - the best you can get). Ask him to check you out and honestly tell you his opinion if you can get in the Olympics. Did his jaw drop down (without you punching him :p)? Because for now, we only know that *you* think you can make it there.
     
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    LostConnection Senior Member

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    This.

    Or find a coach who can evaluate you, if he's interested in training you for the next olympics, then you'll have a shot.
     
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    Seriously. I'm tired of seeing these posts from people who think they can't do it all. Don't put your dreams on hold. But don't neglect your necessities and lifestyle needs either.

    Get a job now, spend your free time training for whatever the fuck the sport is you want to perform in. Shoot for the 2020 in Tokyo for a long-term goal. Once you compete and complete, in the career field you are gunning for, an Olympian with a degree won't have a single fucking problem.
     
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  5. aBoss

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    from my experiences Olympian dont make that much money unless they go pro. I also know people with your degree that cant get good jobs.

    either way ur prob fucked :D jk bro If I was in ur situation I would do both and if u have great success in the olympics and cant handle the college work drop out. I know many people who dropped out of college and went back to finish their degree.
     
  6. jazzc

    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    You can't be a part-time Olympic athlete. The people you have to out perform aren't exactly CEOSam level.
     
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    This.

    Pick one or the other and give %110.
     
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    Triathlon Gwen Jorgensen works as an accountant at Ernst & Young
    Hong Kong's Chi Yip Cheung is a full-time fireman when he's not competing in the judo matches
    Norwegian marathon runner Urige Buta is also a janitor
    South African archer Karen Anne Hultzer is a landscaper by profession
    Great Britain's Natasha Perdue is a trash collector by day and a weight lifter at the Olympics
    American sailor Debbie Capozzi works at her family's Italian ice shop called Tina's Italian Ices in Patchogue, N.Y.
    Diver Troy Dumais is a life advisor at the University of Texas
    American fencer Race Imboden is a DJ and was an intern for a record label called Fool's Gold
    Shooter Emil Milev is a physical education teacher at Booker T. Washington Elementary School in Tampa, FL.
    Norwegian rower Olaf Tufte is a fireman and a farmer
    Jumper Jamie Nieto is an actor when he's not competing
    Swimmer Daniel Arnamnart is a writer
    Russian Javelin thrower Maria Abakumova is in the Armed Forces
    Wrestler Jared Frayer is a teacher and coach
    Australian shooter Dina Aspandiyarova works as a travel agent

    And more. http://www.businessinsider.com/what-36-olympic-athletes-do-for-a-living-2012-8?op=1
     
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    Personally? I think you should focus on your career.

    I say this with the greatest possible discretion; while you may possibly be very good at your sport of your dream, the odds are it's more likely to continue being just that, a dream. Much like being an artist, or a poet, or a DJ.

    If you have the option to go for it at a later stage, and get your life in order now, rather do that. Because then you'll at least have a buffer, if things don't work out the way you want.
     
  10. golaso9

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    I understand the chances are very minimal but if this has been my life purpose and dream for the last 22 years then if i give up....i can honestly say i will regret it for the rest of my life. also yes, its difficult to train as much as you need to while i would be going to grad school or something and studying all day everyday. would be over training in every aspect and would burnt out within a year.
     
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    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    You' re not being realistic. The guy has 2 goals that require huge investments of time and effort EACH (especially the Olympics one). Just because some people have done both (and you'll note that many in the list didn't get any Olympic medals...), doesn't mean that it is somehow a sane decision for the OP to pretend that he's going to be on the list.
     
  12. Carlosse

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    i would go for the dream. At 22, you think not getting that great job is vital on your life, but i really think you can land that kind of job at 25, even better if its related to sports. Give a chance to your dream at least for a couple of years. whatever you decides, go for it, no regrets!
     
  13. golaso9

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    i have no doubt i can go back to school and chase dreams later in life regarding career and a sweet job but im afraid at the next 4-5 years where i wouldnt have a high paying job and also tons of debt to pay off. More debt? I just wont be happy. A lot of my unhappiness lately has been due to relying on parents for $$ and i want to change that. I want an income and want to be debt free but and just stuck at a crossroads.
     
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    Having the ability/skills to represent Olympics (bet it in any sport) for your country is an actual gift and it doesn't always happen, So I think you shouldn't give that up or go wasted.
     
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    Unless the sport is all about lying or bragging
     
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