A lot of people grow up dreaming of the perfect job. But no matter how hard you work, sometimes it's just not in the cards.
A recent Reddit thread asked, "People who flunked out of their dream profession, how did you handle the setback and change?" The answers are mostly inspiring — with a couple of depressing ones thrown in too, because that's life.
Wanted to be a marine biologist because I loved the ocean, but the classes were too hard. So I went to a Maritime Academy instead. Now I am ship captain and make way more than I ever would have as a marine biologist. I volunteer for the marine mammal center so I still get to play with otters and seals occasionally too. - Quigley_copperpot
I was sad for a little bit, but poked around with headhunters in an adjacent industry. Landed in something much easier that pays more than I ever thought possible with this lifestyle. Just because you aren't good enough to make it in the "dream role", doesn't mean there aren't potentially better options out there. - Shaper133