COST OF CAREER: WILL YOU SPEND MONEY TO BE SUCCESSFUL

Silver and Gold Coins

“How much did your career cost?”


saving toward the job

Are you interested in a career that requires you to spend a great deal of money in order to have this career? For me, I am pursuing photography and filmmaking which are two careers that require a great deal of time and money in your life. You will have to put money in, meaning growing your production equipment over time. But hopefully it is worth it when you start to make money off your equipment. Now, on the other hand, since you are business for yourself, you can finance your equipment. This is what happens when you are putting up money for your own career. Most people don’t do this, but when you are business for self, it requires your money or a loan.

when college is required

A career path requires you to pay for your chance at success would have to be Med School  and Law School. That is not to say that any other career is not important, but these are two careers you have no other choice but to go to college (California law exception). Most careers you don’t need a degree, but you have to pay for anything that is medical related. There is a must that you go through a time period where you have a specialized training process. This can take years even after you have graduated from undergraduate school. Now, for the amount of income that one makes from most of these job, it is seen as an upside to become a nurse or surgeon. But beware, you will be paying off the college debt for a long time, so start early making payments.

start small people

If you want to be successful in your career that requires you put a substantial amount of money in, then start with something simple. For example, I started with this Rebel t6i camera and a small lens. This means I can enter with at least something then as I start to get business, for me, I would finance my equipment. And then paying it off as I go along. There is nothing wrong with wanting something high end, but we all have to start somewhere.


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THE HOOKUP: GETTING A JOB AS MEANS OF A RECOMMENDATION

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“Sometimes you need to know someone.”


not always what you know

People are always focusing on their qualifications for a job, but they are not really paying attention to the connections. Ever hear that saying, I ain’t what you know but who?” Well,  what happens when you don’t know anyone that can get you through the door? You now have to figure out a way to get noticed so that you you can be noticed by people who can aid you on your road to success. But, what if you never come in contact with those gate keepers? Does that mean you can never succeed in life? There is always a way around the obstacle to get to where you have to go.

you are the plug

What happens when you are the one that everyone wants to go to because you have the connections. Then you have not only a power position, but you are the one that has to deal with the upset when you say no to people. Trust and believe, it will happen because you can’t say no everyone. Because everyone think they are qualified for a role, but they are not. And you hate to be the one to tell them they are what is needed for a role. But you are also the one to tell them that you cannot recommend a job because deep down inside you know what that other organization is looking for. But you could also be wrong about this; I mean you are basing it on your own views of the person. People have been known to change.

unrelated yet similar in statement

When you are receiving a letter of recommendation, and each person has similar statements, yet unrelated, that says a lot. Especially if you have not been working with this organization for a while. That means you were a very memorable person. Memorable enough where they could write something compelling even after you left because there was a good impression by yourself.


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FREE WORK: DON’T SLEEP ON UNPAID

Woman Sitting on Gray Chair

“Blessing in disguise.”


no pay for experience

You want to go off and make a lot of money one day, fine. But when you first start out, there is generally no money to be made in your career endeavor. But when you are dealing with a generation that wants things now, then you are going to have problems in building. You need to understand that no pay could provide you with the skills and connections to do more in life. But when all you can see is what is right in front of you, then you sometimes kill your blessings.  So know that everything does not come in the form of a check.

you have nothing to bargain with

When you are a younger age you don’t have anything to negotiate with. You can’t just walk in and make demands like you have been doing it for so long. You have to be doing this for some time in order to make a consistent income. Consistent income takes time where you have to do not only build your income elsewhere but build your dream on another time. So you have to have a full time job and this gig that may not pay much if anything. And the idea of doing something for free kills people. Only thing is that you have to do it for free because there is nothing to be made off your ideas. So you have to work extra hard.

its a marathon

Understand that we all have a start. And if you want to be anywhere in life, you have to willing to deal with what comes with being in the position. You have to understand how each of the moving parts work. You are in such a rush to get to where you have to go, but why. You want to try to learn all the moving parts around the job. You don’t just get the job and make money. Understand what others around you do. It will make you a better person in your career.


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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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TWO MONTHS FOR A CAREER

Fireworks during Night

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”


my job, my gig, my career

The month of July and August is coming up so you know what that means. It’s time a for a new topic. And that topic will be careers. Everything I have to say about careers in my life and your life as well. So stay tuned for the next couple of months geared toward working in this ever changing work environment.So continue to read, like, share, and follow my blog.


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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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PUT IT BACK IN: REINVESTING BACK INTO YOUR CAREER

Turned-on Macbook Pro and Brown Leather File Case

“Let it keep growing.”


doubling down

You want to put yourself in position to do bigger things with your career, you need to always put back in to your career. And that does not always have to be reinvesting money back in. This could mean making decisions that are better which will place you in a specific space for you to make more money. Because whatever you did to get yourself to this place may require you to recycle some of that knowledge in order for yourself to move into another space. Well, how do you recycle that information to make yourself better at what you do? Well, how did you get the information you have now? The same work, but a lot more research than prior.

coming home to work after work

When you get off work and come home, what are you doing that will further aid you in career advancement? Because coming home sleeping saying I’m tired is not enough. You have to be willing to do more and put out more. So go to trade shows, attend conferences, have meetups, do more that will allow you to meet people in your career field. Just working 8 hours per day, 5 days a week does nothing but make you expert in that particular area. But once that area is recycled with something better you lose. So staying ahead of the curb is crucial in your long term success. Now, on the other hand, you can choose not to do so, but the people who make those sacrifices will win.

losing people in life

Remember something in life, that is not everyone is going to be with you on your journey through life. You are going to lose people simply because the direction your’re headed, they are going in another direction. And over time you tend you lose touch. It’s not something that is malicious, you just do. Especially if you want to build your career, you will lose time with them as you climb. Some will understand your work you must put in, the others will fall and move on. It’s a necessary evil, but you have to do it.


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