Why I Dropped Out of College at 18?

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Here is the plan of how it happened.

March 2017 — I passed the entrance exam for my school

July 2017 — I got my baccalaureat with a mention

September 2017 — I started the school year

February 2018 — I dropped out of college

1- I followed my gut

One of the best thing that you could ever follow is your own feeling.

I was enough self-aware to understand that it wasn’t what I wanted to do. I’ve listened to my own and deepest feelings to know that my life wasn’t hear.

And the funny thing is that I felt this feeling in September, the first minute I entered in the school.

Before/while doing something, you should always listen to your own feelings because they’re your purest truth. Not the truth that is influenced by the society or by your friends and family. It’s simply and truly you.

Understand your feelings, how you react, become self-aware and act depending on them.

2- I am self-disciplined

It’s because I stopped school that I am now a piece of garbage that spends its days playing video games and doing nothing.

I’ve also taken this decision because I’ve been developing over the past year a lot of self-discipline. Which allows me to follow a schedule and control my desire so that I can achieve more.

What’s great when you depend on something like a job or a school is that you don’t have to think about it. You know what to do, when to go and leave. There is someone above you that tell you how things need to be done. And if you fail you can blame others.

But when you’re alone, you vs you, there is nothing like that. If you fail, all yours, if you don’t wake, all yours, if you don’t work, all yours.

I was spending each day reading and consuming interesting content. It allowed me to learn during my school time and apply them when I came back home or during weekends.

Which also allowed me to know what I want.

3- I know what I want

Reading some many articles on Medium, during my school day, helped me to find out what I wanted. And make a plan to get there.

I was reading 5–6 hours a day, and listening to podcasts for 2 hours a day.

Of course, knowing something doesn’t do everything. You still need to do something about it, which is 80% of the process to become successful.

Knowing what you want is a big thing, it allows you to have a clear goal, which will allow you to build a plan to follow and work on.

But it’s not enough, there will be some highs and downs even if you know what you want. You’ll doubt a lot, think about everything, and get overwhelmed.

My advice: Write and/or talk about it. It helps to spread words and ideas. And with time you’ll understand things, control your feelings and get on the ride.

Knowing what you want takes time, practice and determination. What I want today is different from what I wanted last year because my goals evolved throughout my experiences.

But I never ever lose sight of my goals and what I want in life.

4- I think before I act

The decision of me stopping school isn’t something that suddenly came out of my head.

Since the beginning I’ve been thinking about it. I’ve understood the consequences and figured out my plan after I would stop it.

Of course, the most difficult part was to actually say to the school and classmates “I stop.” Everybody understood my decision, or almost. Because I had meaningful goals and reasons of me leaving school.

When you need to take a difficult decision that may impact the rest of your life, use your time to plan and understand why you should take this decision.

Take risks, but think before taking them because once the decision is taken you can’t go back.

5- I am young

I am young. It doesn’t mean I have to be lazy and relax because I still have a lot of time in front of me.

It means that it’s okay if I fail, it’s okay if I stop school, everything’s okay.

I can live with my parents, find a common job, do another school. It doesn’t matter.

But I deeply know that I only live once and that I may die next week! So I must start and follow my dreams now to don’t have regrets and be proud of what I did.

Even if I failed, I would forever be proud of what I’ve achieved.

Youth is a period of time that will disappear year after year. Some people don’t use it, others overuse it. But very few understand the true meaning of their youth.

For me, my youth is a period where I can try and do whatever I want to do (without going crazy). It helps me to know what I want, where I want to go and what’s my meaning of life.

Always remember that you only live once, no matter if you’re 89 or 9.

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Product Designer | Content Creator | +140M views Photographer | Writing about Personal Development, Entrepreneurship, and Design — www.charlespostiaux.com

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Charles Postiaux

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Product Designer | Content Creator | +140M views Photographer | Writing about Personal Development, Entrepreneurship, and Design — www.charlespostiaux.com

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