25 Ideas That Sound Really Good Until They Are Tried

Posted by , Updated on August 31, 2016

You probably have some ideas for things that you want to do in your life; things that you haven’t ever done before. It could be climbing Mount Everest, going to the moon, or just grabbing lunch at that diner that you’ve always wanted to go to. Regardless of what your aspirations are, you have probably found out by now that not all of them live up to your expectations. Some of them are just…disappointing.

For example, for all of you that have ever gotten caught up in a reverse funnel/multi-level-marketing/pyramid/whatever-they-call-it-these days type scheme, you know the pain. First of all, we would like to say sorry that you wasted your time and were duped (for those of you that are still in it right now, come back and re-read this list in a few months). Other than that though, you are now older, more mature, and wiser. You now know that things often turn out differently than the way you expected. That’s just how life is. You live and you learn. Therefore, the point of today’s list is a bit of comedy mixed with some warnings. For those of you who haven’t tried the things on this list, do so at your own risk. These are 25 ideas that sound good until they are tried.

Featured Image: pixabay


Writing a book

Writing a bookImage: pixabay, Source: reddit

As they say, “Writing a book is terrible; having written a book is great.”



Crowdsurfing2Image: Shutterstock, Source: thoughtcatalog

It’s ok to try once, but you won’t want to do it more than that. It’s kind of like having a sea of fists punching you in the back repeatedly.


Being a public servant

Being a public servantImage: wikipedia, Source: thoughtcatalog

This counts mostly for America, but whether you’re a cop or a nurse, you will get very little respect, and any dreams of changing the world will be shattered to pieces. But hey, it’s better than minimum wage.

Note: The burnout rate in these jobs is very high.


Having a GoPro

Having a GoProImage: youtube, Source: reddit

GoPro cameras are awesome if you do awesome things. The truth is, your life is probably not exciting enough to justify a GoPro investment.


Eating all the ice cream

Eating all the ice screamImage: pixabay, Source: reddit

No matter how depressed you are, this is an excellent way to experience regret.


Living on tropical islands

Living on tropical islandsImage: pixabay, Source: thoughtcatalog

Just wait until this…..page……takes…….forever………to……………..load.

Tropical Islands are probably a very beautiful places to live, but there aren’t as many modern conveniences that we’ve all grown accustomed to.



PuppiesImage: wikipedia, Source: reddit

They are incredibly cute, but they are more work than you ever thought was possible. The good news is that things improve as they get older.


Being the boss

Being the bossImage: pixabay, Source: thoughtcatalog

In reality, being the boss just means you work harder and everybody hates you more. And if they don’t hate you, they still just want their paycheck.


Owning a luxury car

Owning a luxury carImage: pixabay, Source: reddit

Unless you are filthy rich and think you can afford repairs that cost far more than anything you would ever have imagined…don’t do it.


Bringing dinosaurs back to life

Bring dinosaurs back to lifeImage: wikipedia, Source: thoughtcatalog

Have you seen Jurassic Park? It’s never ending…


Owning a boat

Owning a boatImage: wikipedia, Source: reddit

You might as well just start throwing money in the water.


Being a musician

Being a musicianImage: pexels, Source: reddit

It’s not just screaming fans and paychecks. The musician’s life is hard work, and a lot of times you have to make compromises just to scrape by.


Starting a business

Starting a businessImage: pixabay, Source: thoughtcatalog

This isn’t meant to discourage future entrepreneurs, but just know that most business owners have failed much, much, much more than they have succeeded. Running a business is a lot more work than you ever thought.


Being a military pilot

Being a military pilotImage: wikipedia, Source: thoughtcatalog

Actually, being anything in the military. It’s just not as cool as the commercials make it seem.


Working on a salary for a small company

Working on a salary for a small companyImage: pixabay, Source: reddit

At first it might seem like a better deal, but don’t overlook all that overtime. Smaller companies tend not to hire as much, so you’ll end up wearing more hats and being overworked. Do the salary calculations yourself.


Programming video games

Programming video gamesImage: pixabay, Source: thoughtcatalog

Making video games is the complete opposite of playing video games – not fun at all. Just wait until you have management breathing down your neck to make constant deadlines. You’ll learn to hate video games.


Having a job that requires lots of travel

Having a job that requires lots of travelImage: pixabay, Source: reddit

It can get old pretty quick. Besides being away from your family, you just end up eating garbage all the time.


3D printing

3D printingImage: wikipedia, Source: thoughtcatalog

As of the writing of this article, it is not as cool as people make it sound. It takes forever, messes up several times, and in the end it’s usually nothing more than a little toy.


Being a doctor

Being a doctorImage: pexels, Source: reddit

Yes you make a lot of money, but your job is also one of the most stressful (depending on the field). It’s nowhere near as idealistic as you thought in the beginning, and paperwork will take up most of your day. And your patients will sue you (in America).


Sleeping in a hammock

Sleeping in a hammockImage: wikipedia, Source: reddit

The back pain is not worth it.


Being rich and famous

Being rich and famousImage: pixabay, Source: thoughtcatalog

Keep in mind, this has nothing to do with having enough. Having enough is always a good thing. The richness we are talking about is one where you have more than most people…but you just never seem to have enough.


Academic research

Academic researchImage: pixabay, Source: reddit

If you think that you will be studying scientific breakthroughs and curing cancer, think again (most of you). The majority of academic research will be studying insignificant topics that don’t even interest you. You will also have long hours, lots of stress, plenty of drama, and no job security.


Doing business with a friend

Doing business with a friendImage: wikipedia, Source: thoughtcatalog

If you value your friendship, don’t do this.


Working from home

Working from homeImage: pixabay, Source: thoughtcatalog

Sounds amazing right? Until you can never snap out of work mode.

Note: applies double if you have a family


Reverse funnel money making opportunities

Reverse funnel money making opportunitiesSource: reddit

If they have to explain that it is not a pyramid scheme, it’s definitely a pyramid scheme.

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