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This goes out to all those graduating in 2016
For all of you who are as scared as I was when I graduated two years ago. Like you, I listened to this spiel once, but now I understand.
Here’s my 2016 version for this wild new world you’re entering.
If you’ve already lost interest, go buy this book.
If you’re still with me, then your parents are probably pressuring you to take that “safe” job offer. Maybe you already did.
You know the one where you wore a real suit to the interview, and you got an offer for a very entry level position. Yep, that one that you’re going to be dreaming about quitting this time next year (let’s be honest, three months from now).
The truth is your parents are as scared of this fast evolving world as you are. Those outdated paradigms of our parent’s age are crumbling. Don’t be willfully blind to it, be brave. Be a part of building the new one.
In three decades or less, it’s our generation who will be passing the majority of laws and running big industries. Essentially, we’ll be taking care of everyone else, young and old. Our generation has their own set of problems to face, so don’t let anyone scare you.
Learn from the past. Prep for the future. We haven’t designed our future yet… We’re just getting started.
The moment you leave school is the most vital time that should not be wasted by taking a “safe” job. You have no baggage, no kids, and no responsibilities to anyone but yourself (with respect to student loans).
Power Fact: We (millennials) are currently the biggest demographic in the US.
If you look at it, fears aside, you might realize that you have an opportunity to help shape the future job market. I bet you can see it happening already.
If you feel your in-tune millennial gut tingling, tell it to calm down and go get some pho.
Start by doing what you love, and the rest will fall into place better than you (or your frantic loved ones) could have ever planned.
Do something bigger. Aim for the stars. You might just land on the moon, and that’s ok. You got a lot farther than those who played it safe by never launching.
Those who took the safe jobs might wake up next year to find their work has been outsourced to India or by an intelligent algorithm. They might have to start their careers all over again.
The best way to help your friends and family succeed, is to show ‘em how it’s done.
So what do you want to do? Go find it or create it (or both)!
If you decide you don’t love what you do, then you’re officially one step closer to finding what you love through learning what you do not like.
Be mindful of stagnation. Are you pushing yourself and increasing your value? How do you level up from there? Are you honestly happy?
And when you start to put your dreams on hold, remember…
- There will never be an easier time to go for broke than right now.
- It will never be easier for you to finish school than right now.
- There will never be a better time for you to start that business than right now.
What’s that, you want to travel the world?
- Work remotely while traveling around this beautiful planet.
Be open and look for the hidden opportunities.
TIPS: Start small
You don’t have to be perfect all day, urrrrrday. Who do you think you are, Beyoncé?
No need to set up unrealistic goals which only lead you to disappoint yourself and allow your self-worth to drop. Set realistic ones.
If you can work on something for 30 minutes every day for 21 days, guess what? Day 22 isn’t so bad. #HabitForming #Science
If you need help, then ask for it. Start with communities like meetup.com and surround yourself with people who are on a similar path.
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, so choose wisely!
Be somebody who follows through. Don’t distract yourself with the “soap opera” that knocks on your door. You don’t have to answer. That’s your choice. Any rationales going through your head right now to combat that fact, are just excuses.
Do not retreat into your vices when the pressure feels like too much.
Figure out a way to positively reinforce yourself to do what’s best for you.
Maybe it’s 30 minutes of working earns you 3 hours of play.
Be brave now.
Young twenty-something-year-olds, lead the way and show your parents the world you want to live in and how you can be successful on this, your own career own path. Let that be your fire.
Discover a better life for your future self, your kids, and your parents.
Teach them how to survive in this new world. They don’t yet understand how much they need you.
In my pursuit of happiness, I’ve made young and old friends. Some who started companies right out of college and others who took positions at start-ups. They all swim against the current. When others zig, they zag.
These trailblazers all followed through with their dreams. Each of them is on a journey of a lifetime.
The value is in the journey, not about being the *insert dream job title.*
“Don’t compare yourself to other people. Compare yourself to yesterday’s version of you.” — MBjr*
What if you were actually as cool as your Instagram feed tells people you are?
Build up the life you really want. And wherever you go, bring your curiosity with you.
If it was easy, everyone would do it.
Good luck this summer (and beyond). It’s a brave new world and everyone wishes they were back where you are today. Do not waste it!
If you’re looking for guidance, job prep help, or even for someone to rip apart your resume → email me
*Michael Brooks Jr. Thanks for always being a positive influence on me + everyone around you, every flipping day.