NO MONEY JOBS: THE VALUE OF A GOOD “SHIP”

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“Not all unpaid is bad.”


no pay just experience

We all would love to walk out of college into the job of our dreams. But the reality is, is that what you are expecting is just that, a dream. You have to realize that a dream job comes with many years of experience. So, in order to land that job, you must be willing to put in a lot of grunt work. So what will assist you in getting to that point in life is taking on roles that are not as glamorous, but they move you in the right direction. And that is where taking on a “ship” may aid you. And you might say, a “ship,” what is a ship? Well a ship is an internship, fellowship, apprenticeship.

internship

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An internship is the most widely known position that a college student is able to attain that will place them around the career they are pursuing. Interns work in the trade of what ever they are pursuing in life with the hopes of gaining experience. Now, for the most part you will be going on coffee runs or drafting up paperwork. You are not going to be working directly doing anything Image result for internfinancial in an internship in the financial sector. No one will be listening to your opinion, nor asking you questions. The goal is to network and keep your eyes and ears open to the environment around you. Now, this is not to be confused with a fellowship program.

fellowship

Now, a fellowship is different where you are working along side someone with the same common interest. The sole purpose of a fellow is to come together with someone of more knowledge in your field to aid in increasing your abilities in your practice. The majority of fellowships come by way of the education environment where fellows purpose is research that contributes to the faculty. You usually are working under the tutelage of a superior, like in a teaching fellow you are a teaching assistant. I myself was apart of a fellowship for theatre about two years ago.

apprenticeship

Now, here is the “ship” which the apprenticeship. And this one is the most important of the three. Because traditionally, you are paid, low wages, but paid. And you are somewhat of an employee working side by side with professionals. Here, you are going to be working to be more specialized in you craft. And here is the most difficult of the three ships as well because this could make or break you in your career.


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YOU DESERVE IT PROVE IT: NOTHING IN A CAREER IS GIVEN

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wanting more of a career

I deserve to be in a certain position, but are you willing to do what it takes to put yourself in that place of success. So many people want to be in this place they call success, but they come at night and sit in front of the television. And nowhere is it more evident than in the generation we see now. And a lot of it has to do with this view of our social media accounts where everything is right there in in front of us. We can see it and it’s close enough to touch. But then, when it comes to work, you say, put in the 10 – 15 years, and people look at you like what did you say. But that’s the time you must be wiling to put into your career.

post, like, follow

I recently checked my Instagram and saw that I had likes pertaining to some of my posts. Then I realized that I am in pursuit of a career in writing and photography wondering why nothing is happening. It’s because getting better at these crafts take a lot of time and a continuation of learning. but the posting of photos on Instagram and waiting for the likes can really hold you back. Because you might post something and say, man that was good. How come more people didn’t jump on to the wave. Well, you need to build a lot more and longer. But also, create outside the social landscape with people to expand your name. That is what a career is about, going beyond just the title of your duty and seeking validation from a group of outsiders that know nothing you do.

nothing is given

You want something in this world, you go get it. This idea that somehow, you’re going to get it because you feel entitled to it is not real. Understand that no one “deserves” anything worth having in life. That is something you must be willing to put time and effort into. You feel you deserve go prove yourself.


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INVEST IN YOUR FUTURE: PUTTING UP DOLLARS TO BUILD YOUR DREAM

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“Put your money where your mouth is.”


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A lot of times when we need to build our careers, it takes financing. Financing that the average person does not have in their pockets. So what do you do when you need the money to get started. For me, I have an interest in filmmaking, writing, and photography. So my initial investment in writing is cheaper than filmmaking and photography. Filmmaking and photography are both expensive, so you have to start with small investments. Or, you could try saving up over a long period of time. Then again, there is the reaching out to family and friends, or trying to crowd fund, or trying to get grant money, or a loan, or contest. So as you can see, you have to look under every rock for resources.

how to start

Everyone needs to have a start in life. For me I started writing at the age of 23 years old. I am now 7 years into the writing experience of the novel and screenwriting process. I started filmmaking at the age of 26 and photography in the past 1 year. I started writing with Microsoft word on the school’s computers and eventually bought myself a laptop. But raised funding for my short film through Indiegogo website. I also just so happen had a refund from grad school and bought a starter camera. Since then I bought a prime lens. And now I am taking more and more photos while also writing my first book and self-publishing it.

next step

From the previous passage, you have to now take it a step further by growing your audience in whatever it is you’re doing. For me, I have my social media platforms that I have invested a lot of time and energy. And yet, it is still a work in progress. This is a growth stage that seems to be going nowhere, because in the paradigm there is no movement. You are up and then back down. But over time you start to see the results. Results that typically take years to accomplish.

living life is more important

The reason so many can’t save money is not because of bills. But it’s actually because they want to live their lives. People want new clothes, a car note, and date. And who can blame them, but you now have to be willing to sacrifice your dreams. Because in the building stages, there is no room for both. You have to put these types of things on hold for something much greater.


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THERE IS LEVELS TO THIS GAME: KNOWING YOUR PLACE IN THIS WORLD OF SUCCESS

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“One win leads to another challenge.”


winning

There is nothing like the feeling you get once you have accomplished something big. Mine have come in the form of education and sports growing up in life. I have yet to hit that momentous point in my career. But, I will say that it is a work in progress. Yet for those that do win, they must understand that the fight is not over. Not only is it not over, but you have to continue to play the game like you have not won much at all. You should never get complacent because there are more people ahead, and even more behind you. So be practical with where you are in life. Know that you are not in first place, more like 4th place. And that there are three people ahead of you, and four people behind you just as hungry.

cocky is a death sentence

Understand that even with major jumps in your success, you’re in reality not on top of the world even though you might think you are there already. What do I mean by that? Well, you have for instance, entertainers that get one hit song and think they have just conquered the world. And that is because the heat is so strong. But in reality, they have done what the greats have done, 20, 30, and some 40 times over. This is how some of those people with a new hit become one hit wonders. Because by next year, everyone will want some new hit music. And with no new hits, they fall through the cracks. So don’t get too beside yourself where you’re not able to fully gauge your level.

appreciate your current space

As you come into your success, don’t get complacent and don’t get cocky, but also appreciate where you are at this stage. So many people get caught up in the idea going forward, sometimes they forget how far they’ve come thus far in life. And that loss of appreciation can prove to be disastrous as well. Because you may rise, but not appreciating where you’re at and stacking yourself up against others can lead to depression. You will never feel good enough to continue forward. So persevere, but don’t think you’re bigger than what you are; yet at the same time know you have come far and appreciate that move forward from where you used to be.


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LEVEL TO LEVEL: HOW GOING FROM ONE SOCIOECONOMIC POSITION TO ANOTHER FORCES A NEW PERCEPTION

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“Once you know better, you do better.”


I come from a socioeconomic environment known as the working poor. And I have been in his space for my entire life. But in the recent years, I have been working to remove myself form this space of poverty. And what does that mean, it simply means changing your perception in how you see the world around you. Once that perception changes about the world, new opportunities open up to you. Now in the beginning, it may seem like you’re not making any strides. But rest assured, if you’re putting in the time and energy necessary for the climb, then you are in position to do better in life. You are in position to do better financially, physically, and spiritually. Yet, what is it about people that never leave their position and why must you change the way you see the world? People not leaving their position has to do with a state of mind, but why you must change your perception has to do with understanding the repercussions of your actions.

What do I mean by the consequences of my actions? Well, once you cross over into the new socioeconomic environment, you have no choice but to shift your perception. And there is a reason, it’s because you had to shift your perception before getting to this new point. So if you grew up poor, you had no choice but to change to become Middle Class and stay in the middle. Now, here is the bit of hole in the logic I just stated. You have to shift your mind to make more money, not really. Because you have lottery winners, athletes, and entertainers. Now the lotto winner won by luck, but there had to be some form of shift to be great athletes and entertainers, but the monetary build really falls by the waist side. So when they make a lot of money, they go broke quicker than it took to get the money. Because they fail to put themselves in the know to shift their perception on money.

Now once you go from Middle Class to Upper Class, you have to really structure your mind. The way I see it, it’s like crossing a bridge. The poor person says, “I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.” The person in the middle says, “I’ll plan for that bridge, even if it’s there, I still plan in case it’s not present.” And lastly, the man or woman that is rich are the ones building the bridges everyone beneath them are going to have to cross. So when you are making wealth for yourself, taking business advice from someone who is poor may not be the best decision to make in life. Because if were as simple as they think it is to make money, they wouldn’t be poor. They might say it’s because they don’t have money, and that statement explains why they’re poor. You don’t need money if you have great ideas that have value. You’ll get the money if you have something that can make money. Why, someone will invest in you.

And in the end, we have to shift our perceptions anyways with regards to the world around us. People who don’t, possess a lack of growth in their lives. That lack of growth will quickly turn into self-loathing and depression. Next, they’ll start to reject the people around them who have went off into life and planned. Remove yourself from these people because they mean you no good.


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THE EXPRESS ROUTE: WHY YOU SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS WHEN TRYING FAST ROUTES TO SUCCESS

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“If it comes too easy, it can leave just as fast.”


As a writer and soon to be photographer by the end of next year, I am building myself a platform. But that platform takes time and I mean a lot of time. And of course you see the people who don’t take the time to build, who inevitably grow faster and make money sooner. This is something that tends to make you a little bit discouraged when you see it. What has and will take you ten plus years has taken them all of 6 months to a year. But here is something that is interesting about those types of people. They don’t last in the broader spectrum of life. And what do I mean by they don’t last? There is eventually going to come a time where they do hit a wall. It happens to everyone, and that’s when you see the downward spiral of their careers. Well, what happened? They didn’t put enough time into building before it took off; and it more than likely outgrew them because success came too fast.

Now that is an example of something that happens out of the person’s control. Well, what happens when success takes place in the person’s control, but they chose the express route. What do I mean by the express route? The express route would be an example of some young cute girl who is taking all these sexually suggested images to gain followers on Instagram. Then once she has enough followers, she tries to flip it and promote a sports drink. She has a hard time getting through to people because she didn’t start off that way. Starting that way means building a base, and that takes a lot of time; and on top of it all no guarantee of success. Taking that express route means come in with sex, lead with sex, then try selling me on nutrition can be tough. So you have to know that it’s like that old saying” Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.”

Another reason why that express route is not worth it and the building process is worth it is because you don’t appreciate what you have when you haven’t had to work hard to get where you’re going. People tend to make a living the fast way, and then go out spending their money on nonsense. And if they didn’t come from money, they tend to forget where they came from up until this point. That forgetting makes them lose their sense of survival because they’re not in that poverty position any longer. Before you know it, they’re back in that poverty position again. We stand around saying how did this happen. Money comes, and money goes. When you get it so fast, you tend to spend it just as fast. People who grow what they have usually don’t lose everything the way someone who gets things quicker loses their money. Because it took you so long to get to this point, you savor what you have amassed.

In the end, you want something in this world, it is going to take a very long time to climb. But if you want that express route, then take that route. But remember that whatever comes with that be prepared to live with it. Because it can be your greatest wish come true and your biggest curse.


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BLOGGING, VLOGGING, POSTING, AND MILESTONES: HOW TO INCREASE MY SOCIAL MEDIA AUDIENCE

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“Building my platform day by day.” 


Yesterday, I posted my 500th post for my WordPress account. And now my milestone stands at 500 posts; 7,748 views; and 1,893 visitors coming to the site. And that is just for my WordPress because I have had this account longer. As it pertains to my personal website on Square Space I have about 121 unique visitors, 193 visits, and 360 views; my new Medium account, I have 92 views, 65 reads, and 4 followers in the last 30 days; and my Facebook fan page with 188 people. So now, I am looking into the year 2018 to grow my platforms over social media. In addition to these sites that I have through blogging, I also have my Instagram and Twitter, with my podcast coming in 2018. I put myself on a time frame for growing my platforms and writing. My writing I said 10 ten years and my platforms I have put myself on a 5 year growth scale. But in real time, everything seems to be moving extremely slow. But I wonder what my social media will look like by my mid 30’s.

And that is a very important age range for me: 33 – 35 years of age. This is the age at which I want to be fully self employed and making moves with my name via social media for my blogs, filmmaking, as a novelist, and photographer. So basically, I will be conducting a lot of writing. I want to have a successful writing career by the time I turn 35 years of age. Let’s assume I pop by the time I turn 35 years old, then build through my 40’s and 50’s. That would mean that I have a good 20 plus years of enjoying my life, and beyond. But coming from this generation, generation Y, we are used to everything moving fast. The only thing that seems to stand still is our job growth and our intimate relationships. And with that, we spend a lot of time depressed because we were given a false illusion of society that does not exist.

The only reason why I don’t quite feel that way is because my mother told me that life was going to be a struggle. And building anything that grows to be great is going to take a lot of work and a lot of time. When we look back at the work we’ve done, then and only then can we say to ourselves, ok, this is how I got to this point. I have to continue to put the work into my projects. I always stay active posting videos on what I am working on currently and in the future via Instagram. Which automatically go to my personal website and Twitter. So I am always connected because of my social media platforms. Now the question remains: “Who am I going to try to connect to, to build my audience?” Because in the end, I will need to connect and network with people to build as well. People also connect to you once they see you creating something that provides them with value. And that value is what will ultimately put me over the top.


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