What To Do With Your Life

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In which John answers the oft-asked question, "How do I figure out what to do with my life?" Along the way, he discusses adulthood, careers, movies, and the meaning of life and stuff.

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Oct 2, 2012




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Sayali Dhabugade
Sayali Dhabugade 13 days ago
Omg... perfectly explained...loved it
Theresa Schluchter
I'm a college senior and I don't know what to do with my life.
Batsy Month ago
It scares me that I'm 15 and I just had to google "I don't know what to do with my life" because I've been having a crisis
Brumby Bailey
Brumby Bailey 2 months ago
The ending... Awwwwww
Ekaterina Sysoeva
Ekaterina Sysoeva 3 months ago
Looved it!!
Detham 3 months ago
This made me think about something. I have been out of college for 2 years now, and i have to say; i still have no idea what I'm going to spend my life doing. I feel like the first few years after college are kind of like the freshmen years of your adult life. I have had my first real job , gotten my first promotion at work,Went to Ireland for vacation, been responsible with my finances so that I have a high credit score, learned the value of putting all my bills on a spreadsheet, bought my first car of my own, and learned how to get up every evening and go to work day after day. The only other time in my life that has been so transitory was when I went from being a high school to a college student, and even then it was mostly dealing with less hand-holding within the same academic system.
TheRaretunes 3 months ago
This culture needs an INITIATION
Vikeing Blade
Vikeing Blade 3 months ago
OtakuRonnie 3 months ago
God I’ve been trying to find out for years
Daniel Yahalom
Daniel Yahalom 3 months ago
when your little brother starts the world's largest video conference and forces you to go >:(((((
Efflorescentey 3 months ago
Baby John!!
Marco Lee
Marco Lee 4 months ago
I am so lost right now. The problem is I don't even know what the hell do I like. How do I explore more options for myself?
khushbu ubana
khushbu ubana 5 months ago
That's a beautiful -"An Imperial Affliction" frame in the backdrop.
Earthly Wonders
Earthly Wonders 5 months ago
Each time i made a decision my options narrowed. You couldn't have said it better. That is the reason i am not so positive about my 5 year education in one field because then i am probably stuck
Juliet McKaig
Juliet McKaig 5 months ago
"try to surround yourself with people you like and do cool stuff with them"
Jessie Carty
Jessie Carty 6 months ago
The tension between idealism and practicality is SO true. At 44 and still not sure what to do next? REAL LOL
Holly Hales
Holly Hales 6 months ago
John Green GETS it
Holly Hales
Holly Hales 6 months ago
I’m not gonna lie, I really really needed to hear this... I’ve been stressing about it for so long, this message was a relief
Sjors Houkes
Sjors Houkes 6 months ago
Oh wow. Thank you.
Ambuj Kumar
Ambuj Kumar 7 months ago
"Each time i make a decision my options narrowed".So true and it give me anxiety. I need to overcome this.
TheKiwiboy182 7 months ago
I just started my uni degree and they just showed me this video. So good
Ali Saied
Ali Saied 7 months ago
end it.
Vladimir Starnov
Vladimir Starnov 8 months ago
Damn! That was good.
Brenda Namuh
Brenda Namuh 8 months ago
This video is important.
Scott Korin
Scott Korin 8 months ago
Late 2012 John videos have a definite "Crash Course" feel to them.
Majid Almasoudi
Majid Almasoudi 9 months ago
I've been recently almost desperate because I kept asking my self what do I want to do in my life this video changed the way I looked at it and now I feel way comfortable and ready to go . thank you
Erik Moe
Erik Moe 9 months ago
How can you study broadly if you're an engineering major? If I take any extra classes I'll be in school for a decade.
Darryl Calder
Darryl Calder 9 months ago
The anxiety for most is probably not about having this single role for the rest of their lives, the concern is that people are going to invest a lot of time in things at school that they arent going to do well in, arent going to enjoy, and arent going to be able to earn a living doing it professionally.
Jo Moody
Jo Moody 9 months ago
Don't buy Chilean aguacate please. They are drying out our soil and the small agriculture is dying in favour of big business
Daniel Smith
Daniel Smith 9 months ago
I wasn't freaking out before watching this video... I am now. Thanks.
Dominic Klingher
Dominic Klingher 10 months ago
Remember, it's not legendary unless your friends are there to see it
LadyShahdMD 10 months ago
every time I have a major life decision to make that appears at the moment to have the ability to alter the course of my life, I watch this video. It always gratifies my anxious indecisiveness.
ferman Qehremanbeyli
ferman Qehremanbeyli 10 months ago
i dunno why i like him this much❤
. 10 months ago
Good idea. I’ll become an evil mastermind and respec later if I change my mind.
karl luppold
karl luppold 11 months ago
I'm 26 and I'm still as anxious as I was when I was 18 about life decisions. All I've figured out is that I want to be out of being a mechanic as my career or on my way to being so within the next 5 years. Other than that, I have no Idea how I'm going to acheve that and have a career thats better for me.
Julie Jacobsen
Julie Jacobsen 11 months ago
Been lying awake for several nights feeling utterly helpless and shameful not knowing what I want to do with my life. This video was exactly what I needed to watch to calm down a bit:)
Jon Thomas
Jon Thomas Year ago
My first vlogbrothers video ever. Thank you John :)
Stephanie Wallace
This was probably the most helpful video I have saw in awhile, thanks!
shravya shree
shravya shree Year ago
This video completely neutralises my stress and confusion whenever I think about the future. It gives positive outlook on uncertainity and the assurance that everything will be alright no matter what you choose to do,if you have a right attitude towards it.
amm bhaarateey
i just dnt want do anything with my life,just eat and sleep,lol
Jimena garcia
Jimena garcia Year ago
This really helped me
Aya kalander
Aya kalander Year ago
This is the advice i really wish i’ve heard when i was younger, but i reached something like that ideal with myself, and i’m glad to hear it now cause i question it and myself a lot. Thank you
Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara Year ago
Who's here from 2Vertasium's video?
Hearteu Softie
True. Life is one confusing mess and here i am trying to figure out which part of the web should i really get stuck with! 😀 there is God's plan. That's the ending of every story😀 nice discussion though👏👏👏
Veni Vidi Amavi
this is spot on, SPOT ON. I'm not terrified of school or hard work or anything really except being trapped. So this video helped soothe me because yeah so true, we can have side hustles and hobbies and volunteer time etc. Cool. Life is cool. It's also Winter Break so I'm chilling.
Veni Vidi Amavi
*hey I feel personally attacked by the avocado comment* but I love this video and that beginning pope joke was way too good
Astrid Larsen
Astrid Larsen Year ago
This was exactly what I needed to hear today.
YAOES Year ago
This is also one of my favorite Vlogbrothers videos of all time.
Celly Jordan
Celly Jordan Year ago
6 years later and I came back to this video cause i really needed to hear this again
Chan Myae Naing
Hank do has a stupid face.
Mei li
Mei li Year ago
That musical note question was easy as hell. G, of course.
Sîhêm Nôûr-Elhouda
I did not know John Green was funny 😍😍💞. Thank you for writing the fault in our stars. I'm obsessed with both the movie and the book 💓💓
Cry Babyyy
Cry Babyyy Year ago
I always come here for a little inspiration for every day because god knows I need it ❤️
Trevor Estrada
I wish I had seen this back in 2012 when I was 18
oui wee
oui wee Year ago
I laughed when I read the title because it was so blunt and relevant to me 😂
Raijou Konishi
Who else searched up what to do with life
basically hell
Im 16 and im scared of what comes
Valtress Year ago
King Year ago
Hey, I was pre-med, got all my pre-reqs, and now I'm a software designer. But, now it's unlikely I'll ever be a doctor lol.
Micah Buzan
Micah Buzan Year ago
Don't be an emasculated soyboy, for starters.
Big Mac
Big Mac 10 months ago
Don’t be so hard on yourself Micah <3
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