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18 Sep

Being The Odd One Out In The Crowd

I am about a month into my last year of college and I am having mixed emotions about things that are going on in my life. Goal and career wise, I am feeling great about things that are in the works with my upcoming t-shirt line as well as my personal brand. As you saw on my last post, I got the chance to share my story about my book on ABC 5 which was awesome!


However, sometimes when I am working on my future company I zone myself out on other things in my life. Being in college while also being an entrepreneur and starting my own business is something you don’t see frequently.


People don’t usually go to college and challenge what college teaches you to go out and do your own thing, therefore sometimes I feel like I am the odd one out. On campus, people recognize who I am and what I do and it’s interesting to see the different type of feedback I get on my work. Some people support me 100% while others watch what I do and keep going about their day, thinking that the things that I am doing is just for plain attention.


While entrepreneurship by itself is a tough career to take on, its 10x more challenging when you are a college student taking full semester of classes, running a business, and have a million other things going on; it’s sometimes seems impossible.


A lot of the times my friends wonder what I do when I am working instead of hanging out with them every single day. I always make time in my week to see my friends and take a break from doing work, but it get’s tough when you are trying to focus on your goals while still having an acceptable social life. Not only does this happen when you are in college, but once you are out of college you still feel obligated to go party every weekend or hangout with friends every day of the week.


Now, I’m not saying it’s a bad thing to see your friends everyday, but there’s a fine line that you need to establish with yourself in order to pursue both worlds of being career driven and having fun. When these hard decisions come into play,


I think about my main priorities.


I think about my why.


I think about my goals.


I think about where I want to be in 10 years.


I think about what most people won’t when they are in a decision like this.


Sometimes I will go to see my friends and have fun, but other times I stick to my guns and think about all of those other factors in my life.


When that does occur, I do feel like I am the odd one out because I am in my own world trying to make a difference in my life and others. But then I think about the hard work that it takes to see major success in the future.


I always come back to the quote because it’s so true,


“Live your life a few years like most people won’t, to live the rest of your life like most people can’t.”


It’s also intriguing to see when people do come up to me asking about everything that I  have done and mention the phrase, “You are so lucky.” Lucky for what? Lucky that I chose not to go out and party on the weekends? Lucky that I spent hours and hours working on something that others laughed at?


It’s not about luck though, it really never is, it’s about doing hard work and putting yourself in the position that most people won’t to see great successes.


Therefore, if you are in the same position as me and feel like you are the odd one out in your group of friends, think about your future goals.


Because at the end of the day being the odd one out is not bad at all, it makes you stand out in the crowd to show your uniqueness and what YOU can do to change the world.


228 days until I graduate and I couldn’t be happier to call myself the odd one out. 🙂


Sabah Ali


Sabah Ali

Sabah Ali is a college student, entrepreneur, best selling author, podcast host, blogger, and featured speaker. She is also an entrepreneur who has been making an impact on many college students lives. Sabah is the Founder and Co-Host of the podcast show Dorm Rooms to Conference Rooms. Every week the show focuses on business and lifestyle tips while being in college, as well as bringing on successful millennial entrepreneurs who share their journey on their road to success.

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