You're talking with someone about getting a good job in the future--it doesn't matter which, but observe all of this closely. Somewhere in the conversation, the other party will generally warn or advise you of something related to getting the job or the profession being discussed. It usually starts with, "If you don't be careful...or "If you don't do this or that, it won't happen." We understand the person may be speaking of a personal or social experience, fear, rule etc., but in that moment what is actually taking place? Is mention of "if" and actuality that it will or ever come to pass? Listen carefully, "If" I study, I'll pass all my tests." Nice approach to study, but the fact is we don't know if we will pass all the required tests or if we'll study etc. Do you see the trick of the "if"? "If" the allies hadn't won the war we'd all be speaking German. I've literally heard that many times, but the fact again is that it's built on the hypothesis of "if" which equals a conclusion based on a desired outcome, like passing all the tests. The trick is how the mind creates a completely subjective reality around "if" and thus it is true and a huge part of conversation. Listen and watch "if" turn the desired outcome into a social and inevitable truth. "If" I just study hard enough, I'll get all a's. It doesn't matter if it comes to pass, or we somehow associate with the desire in the future because "if" is in itself conclusive. What do I mean by that? I don't mean anything--see for yourself when you speak it. Are we not reflective of a hypothetical situation, whereby, the concept, image, desire, fear and belief are all culminated as the "if" is spoken? We say, "If" I don't get some rest, I'm going to collapse." See how the mind dreams up the entire scenario? It sees the circumstances, image and outcome in a flash and before the sentence is over, we know the outcome which is hypothetical or abstract. But whats the big deal you say! If millions and billions of people are walking around in this state of hypothesis...then what is real? We say "if" so readily without a second or first thought. "If this, and "if" that. What is real to us in this state? The hypothesized world of "if"? Are our minds adrift in hypothesis? Don't say no because it's not a matter of agreement or disagreement only observance. See it in your next conversation...if you dare.