Our parents, our pride and joy, motivated by their love they every small detail in our lives including our career paths from the moment we were born. We were all meant to be doctors and engineers in our parents’ eyes. They expect the world from us; they expect us to be the best, the smartest and with guaranteed salaries. However, we live in a time where secure and high paying aren’t usually mentioned in the same sentence. We live in a time where passion is a necessity; a certificate is no longer a golden ticket to getting a decent job.

So how are we going to convince them?

1. Get an internship or a part time job

We have to learn to walk before we can run, the first step to following what you love is to find people in the field you love. There is no better way to learn than practicing, find an internship, a part time job, work freelance, work on projects just to make sure you learn.

2. Be the best in what you want to do

When I say ‘’be the best’’ I don’t mean the best around, I mean you should be “the very best like no one ever was” This comes easily if you love what you do, put in the effort to learn, to relearn, to experiment and you will master your passion and with mastery recognition is soon to follow.

3. Make Money from your passion

Nothing in this world comes free. Same goes to you, when you start experience maybe your main objective but even low amounts in the beginning are enough to show your parents that you can actually generate money from what you love, and that maybe enough of a reason to get your parents on your side.

4. Share your successes; make them be proud of you

A lot of us would love nothing more than making our parents proud. Every success and milestone should be celebrated, so celebrate them with your parents, make them part of your journey they would love nothing more than seeing you succeed.

5. Just do it!

If you want to learn to swim. jump into the deep end. This may sound difficult, but trust me it is effective. If you are a student, change you major, start over again, if you work, quit.

Our community gives us the illusion that if you don't follow “the plan” you will fail. Let me tell you a secret, there is no plan. You make your own plan as you go along by taking risks you will find that new doors open, and more opportunities arise.

Let me conclude by saying that even if it might upset your parents in the beginning, but if you followed the above steps, they will surely leave you to follow your dream, after all, they love you and they want the best for you.

Yonis Attiya

Strategic, multidisciplinary designer & art director with an eye for innovation and pixel perfection. With over 10 years of experience and acquired skills within the design world, his main expertise involves video production, motion graphics, brand identity design, typography, and branding. He founded Limefish Design Studio to combine his knowledge and experience in these areas and lead a team to deliver the best creative solutions to clients and their audiences.

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