You hear a lot of people speaking about crossroads and having big decisions to make about their futures, but barely anyone mentions roadblocks, where you’re stuck in the road of progression and can’t move forward. This isn’t through choice, there just doesn’t seem to be any sign of clearance for progression. There is no where in the road to go, you have no option but to just wait.

This can be so frustrating, especially for graduates. You see your old classmates progressing in the field while you’re stuck in your old job wondering why that can’t be you. Sometimes even people who haven’t studied progress quicker than you. For me, this is something I don’t suffer with. Although I’ve hit a total roadblock I am still working in Media, which is great and I love my job. I do, however, know there is more out there for me.
Whether it be through this blog or a different platform I’m going to start pushing to increase my progress online. For so long I’ve been caught in this roadblock stopping creativity and ideas for progression, however I have recently realised that this may be lack of effort rather than an actual block. I haven’t been trying hard enough to progress so it seems to be at a standstill. I’ve become lazy and that’s not on.
We can all progress if we try that little bit harder. Don’t be afraid to email twice about that job you want, or go the extra mile for an application. Don’t be scared to use your contacts to get you where you want to be – that’s what they’re there for. If you really want something you will work extra hard for it, it may take time but eventually you’ll find yourself in that position.
Not everyone can get things handed to them on a plate, and even if you can is that what you want? Wouldn’t you rather work hard for your position than just get it handed to you. Wouldn’t you rather earn it? Don’t take the easy route because it will only lead to disappointment.
Rejection will happen and you will see those road signs cropping up stopping you in your tracks. Don’t let that stop you. Don’t be disheartened. Find another route, it might take longer but at least you’ll make it in the end. Accept the rejection and prove them wrong. Prove them wrong by being successful and happy.
YOU can do it. Don’t let jealousy of others get the better of you, progress at your own pace. They might take a shorter route than you, but you will learn more. Eventually you will be staring at a road that seems never ending. This is the goal. Be successful, don’t let anyone or anything stop you in your tracks.
Have you ever been stuck in a roadblock like this? Please share your story below!

Author: Jodie Paterson

I'm Jodie Paterson, a 24 year old Edinburgh based blogger! Born and raised in Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire, I quickly grew a passion for writing, photography and many other creative ventures due to the beautiful Scottish landscapes that surrounded me, and I'm now 5 years in to my blogging journey and still absolutely loving it!

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