NOT THERE YET: HOW TO DEAL WITH NOT BEING WHERE YOU WANT TO BE

Man in Blue and Brown Plaid Dress Shirt Touching His Hair

“In the paradigm we feel failed.”


where am i at the moment

Ever get the feeling that you should be further in your career than you are at the moment? There is something holding you back and you can’t seem to get where you want to be. This is a feeling that so many people deal with on a daily basis. Trying to figure out why their lives are not in better places. And the biggest mistake we make a lot of times is comparing ourselves to the lives that other people have. The reality is, you shouldn’t want the lives others have, fight for the one you want instead. But it’s hard especially when you are young to grasp this concept. Because no matter your age, there is someone bigger than you in your position at your young age. And you must learn that when they are young, this an exception to the rule and not the standard.

not putting in enough

Work those mental muscles and stretch your mind further than you are stretching it now. This is something that takes a lot of time to master. And when I say time, I mean years of work. I am pursuing a career as an author/screenwriter. You have to know that this is a lifetime journey of ups and downs. If you want to be successful overnight then you’re going to have a problem. Because you hear nothing comes overnight, and that is true. It’s a cliche, yet the time put in means trying to make sense of the world around you so as to tell a story no one has told before. OR it could mean writing a similar story, but from a different point of view.

seeing the less talented prevail

There are the groups of people who slip through the cracks and become over the top successful without putting in much work. We look at them and can’t for the life us figure out why they have a platform. And should they or shouldn’t they is up for debate. But what I will say is this, most people who slip through the cracks don’t sustain over the long haul. They eventually fall off because they have never had to build through the adversity. Meaning we all have some point where we fall and have to get up. This is where they don’t get up because they never had to go through the bullshit. So they get stuck and enough time goes by where we think to ourselves where they went.


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WORK FOR FUN: TURNING YOUR FUN INTO CAREER

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“Make it a vacation.”


my work is my fun

We all have these visions of this dream job that involves us working and living everyday like it’s your last. Having this great career that means you get paid to have your fun. But the reality is, very few people will ever get their dream job. The majority of people will never be able to experience that jittery night before Sunday going into the next week. They will experience I can’t wait until Friday feeling so I can get out of here feeling. And that is no way to live, but it’s a realization for so many. So how do you land that dream job so can do what you love instead of what you have to do?

time energy money

You want that dream job, but the only thing that is holding you back is what? Nothing really, unless you want to factor in the lack of confidence. For starters, the time it takes to put into a career, so many people are afraid of failing. So what they do is live their lives not ever pursuing because of the fear. The fear of putting a lot time into something and it not working. Then there is the energy on top of the time. We have to accept our reality while working a dream. And that means time on top of time, with working a day and pursuing at night. But wait a minute, then there is the money it takes. And I don’t mean rich, I mean not having a relationship or not hanging with friends. Why, so that all your pennies go toward what you want over time.

taking opportunities when they come

Not every opportunity come sin the form in which you want it. Sometimes it comes in the form of cashless services. But who in their right mind want to work for free. But there are times where no pay or low pay have provided people ¬†with the ground work of doing so much in their lives. For me, it’s buying a camera with my own money and small equipment as well as making my own short films. This is the start for my career as a filmmaker, photographer, and author. Take the risk yourself early on, and then people will be willing to work with you.


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SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY: CHOOSING A CAREER THAT BENEFITS THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU

People Bumping Fists Above Table With Jars and Pen Holder

“How will it help the masses?”


servicing the people

When choosing a career that will be of some service to your community, know that you have to have a lot of patients and experience with people. The reason being is that you are going to have a lot of their lives in your hands. No matter if you’re a doctor working with patience, or a politician making decisions effecting the community. You better be ready to deal with people that you enjoy and don’t enjoy. And if you’re someone you want to be loved, you’re in a tough spot. Especially if you’re going to be a politician, where you’re going to be making promises that you know a lot of which won’t get passed because of the bureaucratic process. So be ready for frustration at its highest.

purpose

You want to have a career that services the people, then you need to be ready to ask yourself some questions. One of the biggest questions should be, “What is my reason for being in this role; a purpose?” And there has to be a purpose because most civil servants, which are people who service society the most make the least amount of money. So if the job is strictly about money, then you might want to reconsider taking on the job. Because the stress level is high and the payout is generally low. Now on the other hand, there are positions that pay quite well where you work with the public, such as a doctor.

job security

Depending upon the job, you could be looking at something that is recession proof and depression proof. That is being a doctor and a prison guard. People will always need doctors and always go to jail. Now, the job of a doctor is a lot less volatile than a corrections officer, and the pay is better. We all want to be secure in what we do, especially once we start having children and getting married. So choosing a career with some good benefits and pay is stable for them. Anything that requires you to build your own money versus receiving a check every two weeks is more risky. So stability is more rational to people.


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LAME IS THE NEW COOL: WHY THE POPULAR KID IS RARELY THE MOST SUCCESSFUL IN THEIR CAREER

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“Focus isn’t fun, but necessary.”


staying up late

You ever see the kid growing up in school who took part in all the after school programs? They were in the science fair, and the chess club, and the glee club. And that is what success truly looks like. It’s the working after work that will make you better at what you do. Most kids leave school and go home to watch television. But then what happens, they become adults who do the same thing. These adults get off of work and come home to a television like when they were kids. And the ones that work after hours are generally the people who accomplish their goals. And why do you have to stay behind and work extra time?

expert in field or task

When you are working your job everyday for years, are you paying attention to the work, or are you just punching a clock? Because if all you are doing is going to work and coming home, you’re most likely not going fair in life. You have to do more, and that is something that the popular kid in school never really did. They were able to skate through life with just charm. But as an adult, charm will only get you so far. You need productivity, but what is hat for someone who never knew real productive societal work. Yeah, sure, their parents gave them chores, so they know how to take orders. But reaching further in your career means going outside the natural order. But how do you do so when all you know is orders?

we want to all fit in

No one want to be an outsider in life. But in order to be successful sometimes you have to step outside the group, which is something so many don’t want to do. Popular people want to have friends even if the friends are not the most genuine of people. But the people who want to be successful chase quality no quantity. And just because you have people around you don’t mean they should occupy your space. So being lame actually makes you a winner in life because you have to step outside your inner circle. And that means at times making yourself stand out against what others are doing. But, once again, we want to fit in. But what crowd are you fitting into, that you want so desperately to be apart of?


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BE WHAT YOU MAKE YOURSELF: IN THE ERA OF SELF EMPLOYMENT A CAREER CAN COME FORM ANYWHERE

 

Person Holding White Paper and Typewriter

“Writing your own check.”


create your role

In America today, you are more than any other time able to write your own check. You can choose your own role and be your own boss. As a matter of fact, over the next few decades, more than half of working Americans will have some sort of self-employment income coming into their households. And this is necessary considering so many jobs that we have come to know and love are heading overseas to underdeveloped nations. The reason being that it’s cheaper to make the product over there because more people and the raw materials to build are cheap as well. Now what Americans have to do is come up with another income more passive to subsidize our living. But it’s not as easy a you think.

the climb to a dollar

If you want to make another income, you need to really hone in on a craft. You don’t just go outside and start making extra money. You have to work at something then go out and build from there enough to money. And the reason being is that it is very hard to consistently make money in this country. Because there is always the threat of competition and falling of the creative wagon. People want consistency you may not be able to bring to them. So go out and learn and learn then build. This is where people give up and quit because they want it now.

f u money

Ever hear of something called “fuck you money.” Most people in America will never know what this is like. Hell, in my position, I don’t have it. But F-You-Money is vey broad and ambiguous. You don’t need to be rich. The average person will be homeless in just a few weeks if they lost their job today. And this means having some sort of cushion of side money to hold you over is important. That is where F-You-Money comes into play. Doesn’t have to be much, just enough to last you until you find more work.


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YOU’RE NOT LOW ON TIME: WHY YOU SHOULD SLOW DOWN AND FOCUS IN A CAREER

 

Clear Glass With Red Sand Grainer

“Learn to take your time.”


move fast at a slow pace

You don’t feel like your life is moving fast enough, and you don’t have enough success in your career, you know what, slow down. You are in a rush to go nowhere fast. You’re not running out of time. Yes, if the doctor gives you less than a year to live, then you are pressed for time. But if you are living your daily life, you are not as pressed for time. Take things slow and allow them to formulate. You’re not in this weird space of losing. And the only reason you do is because in real time, everything is more detrimental than it really is in life. So how do you deal with the issues in your head?

psychology is strong

Saying to someone just breathe and that helps is kind of dishonest. That is not true, almost like people say breathe when you are shot, and that effects something. And in a way yes, but let’s be honest, that is bad advice. You are in panic mode because you didn’t attempt to plan out anything early on. So the feeling that everything is going bad starts to set in because you didn’t plan. We tend to spend a lot of our time doing whatever ails us. Then once enough time pass we feel pressed. Yes, you have reason to panic because you have done nothing in 5 – 7, or 7 – 10 years. Now you’re panicking. But if you are 19 years old worried about success, you’re crazy to think so. I am 31 and looking forward to the next 10 – 15 years. But how do you get people to think in that context?

a culture of now

I have written about this in past post about being in this world of the now in America. We look at our lives in the now, and it becomes a bleak existence to us. So since it does not happen in the now, we think there is something wrong with the world. When in reality, the world is the world, you need to prepare and build over time.


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GIVE UP NOW FOR LATER: WHY YOU MUST RESIST SHORT TERM FUN FOR CAREER

Woman Sitting in Front of Macbook

“You must be ready to miss a lot.”


give it up

So many young people want to have all this success, but what are you willing to give up to get to that point. Because in order to establish yourself in your career, you must really be willing to put in a lot of effort and time. And that means forgoing the fun now to put in for fun later. This is where having a career is so hard for so many people. Because this means building which is going to cut into your social life. And what young person really want to give up their social lives? Yet there is so much that is wanted from life that requires giving life up. So, you think you have what it takes, here is an insight into the climb.

relationships are for lames

Depending on the career path you choose, you better have a pretty understanding partner. Because if you don’t you will lose them and fast. Or, you might find yourself having to give up on your career goals. You will be put in that position since one of them is going to get in the way of the other. They need to understand before even really getting too deep into the relationship what it is you do. They need to know that your time is needed in this other area and that they need to be good without you at times. Not something that is going to go over with too many people. You’ll lose people in life. And that is something you’ll have to just deal with in your pursuit. Everyone is not meant to be in your life on the climb. So choose the people around you wisely.

social gatherings are for networking only

You want to go out for drinks, fine, make sure it’s a place where like minded people will be gathering so it can advance your career. Going to the club to just dance and drink, or looking around for random hookups are not on the list of priorities at this point. You should be thinking about how you’re going to position yourself in this space so that people know who you are, and will aid you in building your brand and/or profile. And when you are not at one of these social gatherings, then it’s in your best interest to not even be out and about.

be broke investing in you

So many people say they don’t have the money to build something for themselves. But if I were to setup and excel spreadsheet of their expenses, I would see something sinister. And that is the allocation of their funds in areas that are not the least bit important. I don’t have the money, but I have a new $1200 iPhone. “Well, there is a payment option for the phone.” Fine, get a cheaper phone, and the payment option for that piece of technology, transfer it elsewhere. “I need a dependable car.” Fine, but why drive a BMW or Mercedes with a high car payment. Get yourself a Ford or GM, with payments of just over $100 per month instead of $500 or $600. You don’t need a luxury vehicle for it to be depended upon. So it is not affordability, but people’s constant need to swipe a credit card for their wants. And you have to eliminate wants from life, unless their is a payment contributing to your overall success.


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