GIVING UP IS NOT A SOLUTION

Woman Sitting on Chair While Leaning on Laptop

“Keeping trekking along.”


WHEN IT HURTS MOST

Wanting to give up is something so many people pursuing their career feel like doing. But for some reason there is something that is holding you from doing this, and that is your drive. And it’s a good thing because quitting should be the absolute last resort. It should be the thing last on your list once you have tried everything and finally you have to give up. Especially if this is something you are good at and getting better. But the reality is most people do give in to the climb because it is so difficult.  It’s like the quote by Thomas Edison that, “many of life’s failures don’t realize how close they were to success when they finally gave up.” Such a strong and powerful quote that I live by in life.

WHERE DOES IT COME FROM

Somewhere in your head is this feeling of dejection. We don’t know where it comes from, but it is always there lingering. And the reason we have this in our heads is to give us the ability to back away from danger. It has helped keep us alive on this planet for so long. But the reality behind succeeding in society is you have to take risk and be fearless. Even if you fear which most people do, you have to trick yourself into getting out of that mind-frame. We all have it, even the most motivating people have fears. They just do a good job at shifting their attention on to keep pushing. Now, that thing that has kept us alive, there are always the ones that are fearless that have pushed the world forward.

STRAP IN FOR THE LONG HAUL

Success in life is a long long road to where it is you want to truly be. You have to be patient and know that it will take a very long time. And when I say long time, we are talking 10 years, 15 years, even 20 years more most. So if you are only a few years in and feel like falling off, then you are in trouble because everything will be painful and take a long time.


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GREAT CAREER – GREAT SALARY – STILL BROKE

Person Holding Pink Suede Long Waller

“How do I fix this?”


WASTED PAYCHECK

Are you someone who make money every two weeks but yet you still don’t have much. That means your life is out of wack. Something is going on that is in your best interest. And the person to blame is you. You have to treat your check like it is more than what you are doing. People get paid and next thing you know they spend their checks once they have their bills accounted for. But that is not the way you work for your living. You can’t just sit aside money for rent and bills, and personal needs, then go shopping. Then expect no to have anything as you grow older. You have to sacrifice the wants right now for the needs now and wants later.

RESPECT THE POSITION GIVEN

People get these different positions in their career. Then they get there and next thing you know they throw so much away. People have all these ideas about what they will do, but then they never do those things. Especially if you come from nothing and you are building to something. You forget about why you decided to build in the first place. But you know, most people forget where they come from and how far they have come. You get so caught up in the moment of enjoying and building you forget. It’s easy to detach yourself.

BUCKLING DOWN STINKS

So many people have a hard time building in their lives because they don’t want to deal with the idea of having to do the work and failing. If you fail we are scared about people making fun of us. So we live in this space of wanting but not building. Having the ability but not trying because we spend money on garbage that could be allocated into something more important.


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DREADING THE WORK WEEK

Woman Sitting in Front of Macbook

“And here we go.”


MONDAY THRU FRIDAY

On a Sunday night, do you ever get the feeling that you are not going anywhere in life because you hate your job? It’s this feeling that you just want to walk out of the job and do something else. Doing something, anything than what you are doing at the current moment. But if you don’t know how to do anything, then what are you to do. Because you can’t just walk off your job. You need to bring in an income. So you have to make moves to try to enter something else and make the best of your current situation. Because you can’t continue to live a life of misery.

SIDE HUSTLE

You have to ask yourself a question of do you want this long term. And the reality is moving yourself into a better head and financial space. But it is not that easy. Because first what will you do to bring in income. And that is when you should think about the side hustle. The hustle that is something you love to do. This will first start out as nothing then hopefully it flourishes into something more. Now, most people don’t like starting anything new because they have fear of failing. And they are concerned about what other people might think if they don’t do well.

PAINFUL EXISTENCE

When you live like this on a daily from Monday through Friday, then you are going to hate life. Your Saturdays will be spent sleeping and Sunday will be consisting of preparing for Monday. And this is how most people live their entire lives. They will be on this hamster wheel until the day they die.


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NO PAY, LOW PAY

Coins Inside Jar

“Experience first, money second.”


THE EARLY DAYS

When you first start out in your career, you are going to have to realize the pay is low. And some work you might get is going to be for no pay. This is where so many young people give up and quit. I mean think about it, who want to get up each and everyday to go to a job that pays no money. But the reality is that you need the experience early in your 20’s in order to move forward. For example I worked for a retail and the start out managers earn a small income, but the volume of running the store was a major task. So the pay was low, but the ability to manage a large team helps push you over the top.

BE HUMBLE

So many young people have this in mind thing about them. I deserve more but I don’t know much. Well guess what, you have to pay your dues. You have to get in and gain experience in order to keep moving along. But most have a hard time moving forward because they have this mind-frame early on. I have worked for internships that didn’t pay, and others where pay was so low, it should have been for free. But what you have to be is grateful for the opportunity and learn as much as you can. These are not the years to make the most money. The time will come if you set yourself up for the challenge.

MIND FIELD

As you navigate your early career life, you will have these feelings of doubt and hurt. You want to have and do what everyone else is doing. Their life sometimes look greater than it is, and you start to feel depressed. And this is the mind game that you start to play with yourself as you grow your career. And a lot of times you don’t see things moving in the paradigm of building. It does not formulate until the work has been done. But when you reach the level you want, more work goes into it to hold on to it.


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THEIR FEAR INSIDE OF YOU: HOW PARENTS PROJECT ONTO THEIR KIDS

Woman With Brown Baby Carrier And Little Kid In White Jacket

“I know what’s best for you.”


PLAY IT SAFE

Your parents love, and they want to protect you. But sometimes they overprotect you. They tend to look at your life and see something in it for them. They have built and put so much into you, they really want to know that the investment is worth it. But part of the problem is that you have to deal with them saying that you should play it safe. When it comes to pursuing a career, you are supposed to choose a job that is a little more of a guarantee. And this is something that will make your parents happy about the life you have chosen. But what happens once the kid decides to make a career decision that does not align with the parents decision?

NO  REAL OUTCOME

When you choose a career that is not a little more guaranteed like a doctor or lawyer, then your parents will be more appreciative of you. But then there are the jobs that we choose that are a lot more unguaranteed. Your kid wants to be an actor or musician. And here is where most parents will stand in the face of their child and push them in another direction. This is because we want them to be safe and other times parents project on to their children their own fears and insecurities. So, generally, the kid accepts the parent’s request and live their lives how they’re expected to live.

DREAM KILLERS

Parents build dreams, but also, parents kill the dreams of their children as well. And I am not only talking about kids being actors. What if your child want to be an archaeologist? A lot of parents would not support that because this is a profession that does not make much money. They are not concerned about what you love they are concerned about security. Supporting yourself is more important to them than your passion. So a lot of times you have to pursue yourself.


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SOCIALLY INCLINED WITH FEAR

Person Sitting on Couch

“I wish I could just do it.”


GOT IT BUT DON’T GOT IT

In my life as an adult I have always been known as the person who really didn’t have much to say. But I have always been full of ideas that I have been able to put into play. And what’s crazy is that the same energy that one needs for the success in life is the energy they get from the social part of life. Yet there is something about the execution that makes people freeze. And that has always been something that has me stuck. I can put things into play, but the social part of me is what gets stuck. Only the social part of me in order to build relationships that are intimate. When I want something bad enough I am able to get out of my way socially.

THE MIND IS WEIRD

It’s odd how the brain will make itself do one thing but is afraid to do something else. I look at life and think to myself how hard it is to make friends or date. Then I look at myself building a photography portfolio, writing screenplays, and writing my books. Then think it is actually harder to do that stuff. But in my mind the work is far easier than being social. I don’t know, it’s something about social that makes life harder. It can’t be rejection because career is more difficult. The only thing I can think of is the idea that I have been working since childhood. So it is not something I think about. You just have to approach the opposite of what you want the same as your social, or social like success.

WHICH IS WORSE

In your mind you try to think about what would be worse. Trying to make a success of yourself and be social, or someone not too social who is success. And there are people who fall under both equations. And those people are very lucky to be who they are because a lot of people wish they had both.


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NOT ENOUGH TIME IN A DAY

Clear Glass With Red Sand Grainer

“If only I had more time.”


24 HOURS IS NOT ENOUGH

Do you ever get the feeling that you don’t have enough time to work no matter how hard you put the work in? Because you want to see yourself in this life, but for some reason the more you work the further it seems you are away from your goal. Sometimes I wish we had 48 hours in a day instead of 24 hours in a day. Now, if we had that much time, would be surprised how many people would waste even more time. But for the people looking to grow something then they will have enough time. But you know what, even with this, we still might not feel we have enough time.

THE END IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK

The age of the Earth is billions of years old. But humanity has only been around for 250,000 years while the average person lives to be 78 years old. So when you look at your life, we are here for such a short period pertaining to the overall scheme of life. So we don’t feel there is enough time because we can’t see past the reality of what we are on this planet. But the problem is that when we think in this context we will miss out on a lot of things in life. You don’t want to get to the end and then feel like your life meant nothing.

TIME IS VERY RELATIVE

Time is not the time that we all experience in life. I feel from my space that I never have enough time. This could be good or it could be something bad. To me, I feel like life is moving so fast that I am trying to catch up to what it is I am trying to do. Now, in my same space I could have another person say that time dragged along. And when you feel time is dragging, you don’t feel motivated and it can hurt success. If you don’t have enough time, you might be closer to your goal.


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