MAKING IT IN LIFE

Close Up Photo of a Person Wearing Suit Jacket

“What’s it all mean?


I’VE ARRIVED

People can’t wait until they get to a certain point in life then they look and say I have made it or arrived. But then you have to ask yourself, what does it mean by making it life? Because we automatically look at someone who makes money¬† as a symbol of where we want to be and how big we aspire to be. But looking at someone else’s life can be disatrous because we don’t know how they became so successful. We can look at their blueprint, but you should be weary of following another person’s actions move for move. It worked for them, not quite for you.

MEANINGS BEHIND INTENT

What is the real meaning behind the words. Because that is way more important than anything. In America, we always put the meaning for making it in the country as someone who has a certain level of income. But a school teacher might be a person living their dream and they are far from people making a lot of money. But in the same breathe you have celebrities taking their own lives even with so much money. So understand why you’re building and what it means to you.

COMPARED TO THOSE AROUND YOU

When you look at the peers of people around you, you have a tendency to stack yourself against others. And how could you not because who you associate yourself with says a lot about yourself. So you can’t be around winners and not be a winner yourself. It will either rub off on you or you will fall out the group. But you should never see yourself as not successful if you are doing something in life that is not as lucrative, as long as it has meaning behind it.


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NO COLLEGE CAREER

People Wearing Backpacks

“Why sit in class all day?”


DO YOU NEED IT REALLY

Going to college you have all these ideas about what life is going to be once you graduate undergraduate school. You think that life is going to be so cut clean and dry when it comes to finding employment. But what you don’t realize is that your college degree is a small aspect of the overall success of a person’s career. Now that I have embarked on my career journey I am looking at life going, why did I go to college? Because there are people who go to school for photography or filmmaking, but you really don’t need to do so. As a matter of fact, you can actually pay less for the equipment and getting yourself started versus going to school. We also have enough videos out there and books to self educate.

SPECIALIZED STILL NEED SCHOOL

There are careers that still need a degree to obtain the role. And those are usually jobs where you have to get into the medical fields like surgeons. This is because someone’s life is in your hands. So for that reason, you have to be in school, usually for a long period of time. But is medicine the only type of career you need to go to school for, no attorneys in most states. That is because the extensive training is necessary when dealing with the outcome of people’s lives.

OPEN MARKET

In this new improved society we are able to have careers that don’t always need degrees. You can put yourself in the know and build a life today. So a lot of young people have been thinking twice about going to college. That, or they are going to smaller schools that require less money to pay back and are living at home.


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GATES KEEPERS AND THEIR PLACE TODAY

Pathway Between Green Trees Brown Steel Gate during Daytime

“Are they necessary?


OPEN THE DOOR, LET ME IN

In any career, there are these people who stand at the gates when it comes to trying to succeed. And they are the keepers of the gates that allow you the access through to the other side. But in the America we live in today, I’m not so sure that we need those gatekeepers like we did in the past. We in such a digital age that you can open up doors for yourself. As a matter of fact, you don’t need to come in the gate and meet different people to be great. You can now create your own system and be the keeper yourself. But there are a few places where you still might need to get that foot in the door via someone you need to know to make moves.

CLOSED ACCESS

In an attempt to build a career, there are jobs that require some type of gatekeeper. It can even be seen as a good thing to have gatekeepers. For example, you want to go work for the Pentagon or Area 51, then you are going to have to jump through some crazy hoops. This is because there are government clearance checks you have to go through, but also knowing people who can vouch for you is important. These are not jobs that are easy to come by, and shouldn’t be easy to come by. But we still have the ability to climb in a lot of other areas.

BREAK THE GATE DOWN

In the space of media, you have the ability to knock the gate down. In the space of engineering, you have a lot of abilities to knock down the gate. It’s because the way technology is designed, you no longer have to go through various chains to be where you want to be in life. You can put yourself in position to where the gatekeepers are asking for the ability to be in your space.


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A NEW AGE OF RETIREMENT

Man and Woman Sitting on Brown Wooden Bench“Young and retired.”


THE NEW 65

I have been reading articles about how so many young people have aspirations to retire at a young age. And when I say, I mean really young. You say when, well 4o years of age. Which to put things into perspective, I am 32 going on 33. Seven years is not that far off until 4o years old. So to think about retiring that young is crazy. It’s because when you look at someone that is 40 years old when you’re 20 years old, it seems far-fetched to reach that age. But I remember 20 years old which was 13 years ago. So to think about Sophomore year in college until now, 20 years is not that long. But why the rush to stop working so fast in life. Because the average person lives to be 80 years old. What will you do for the next 40 years.

A JOB VERSUS A CAREER

So many people work a job that they hate, so the idea of working until you’re 65 years old is gut-wrenching. So we all have these ideas that we can stop a lot sooner. Reality is that most people will be working until they reach an elderly age. So be prepared to do so. I hate to be that bearer of bad news, but you will. So don’t fight for something that is not going to happen. Now, on the other hand, you can build over the next 20 years so that your life is in a good place at the age of 40 years. This way you can build for the next 25 years after to relax through old age. This is more rational than stopping at 40 years old.

40, YUCK!

Who truly want to stop when they are 40 years old. It’s such a young age for anyone to stop working in their lives. Even if you have the means to do so, it just doesn’t make any sense to want to stop. But as you approach, people usually change their perspective. Because if you try to quite so young, your boredom will force you into something new.


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WORKING YOUR LIFE AWAY

Photo of a Woman Thinking

“I hope it’s worth it.”


CLOCKING IN AND OUT

We all get up and go to work each and every morning; well most people at least. But then there are the people who that’s all they do is work. And I hope whatever they do it’s worth the fight because that time you spend doing whatever you can never get it back. So make sure this means a lot to you since your life will be based upon it once you reach the end. You are going to miss out on pivotal moments in your life as well as the people around you. Friends and family will marry and have children without you being present. Not to mention the holidays that take place. Oh, and one more thing, the deaths that occur over time. I know, me myself, living in another part of the country, you go back home and don’t even recognize your family that has grown up. They were babies when you leave and teenagers now or adults.

NEVER REACHING THAT PLACE

Can you imagine getting old and realizing that everything you did is in preparation for a life that is no longer relevant. That is what happens with so many people who push for success. Or better, they never reach where it is they truly want to be in life. It has to be the hardest thing in the world to realize. And then you look over the life you’ve lived and come to also realize that you missed out on all the great things from friends and family. You probably lost people along the way you can never get back. It could have been through just growing apart or even death. But is at always as bad as it seems? And the answer is no.

WHEN IT’S GOOD IT’S GOOD

Now that the bad things are out of the way, what about the good that comes with the focus. And when it works itself out, it does in an amazing fashion. Because all that work and time put in, means you have built a pretty good portfolio for yourself. And the people who are often afraid to build wonder how you did it. As if you just woke up one day and had all these things in life going for you. It took many years and a lot of restraint. You missed a lot but you also gained a lot. And as far as the people, not everyone is meant to be with you on your journey. You will lose some people, but that is expected.


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A WOMAN’S WORLD: CAN SHE HAVE IT ALL

Woman Wearing Gray Notch Lapel Suit Jacket

“Working toward a future that’s hard to get.”


IN PURSUIT

In a woman’s effort to build a career, a lot of times in today’s society, she is forced to make a series of decisions. And one of those decisions is deciding to build a family in addition to the career. And you might ask yourself why would she forced to make a decision. Shouldn’t you be able to have a job and a family? And that is easier said than done from the woman’s perspective. But is it really that hard? Are there options to choose that women are not exploring? Because in America, you have to have two people building in a relationship on average. Staying at home sounds good, but in reality, you have to have someone in the house making a substantial amount of money to do so.

WHAT WOMEN WANT

Is it really hard for women to not have their career and also not be able to have a family as a result? And the reality about it, is that you can have both, but there some decisions that you must make that most men make when we want to have it all. Men want a demanding career, children, and the woman in our lives. Hard to do when you have a top career woman also. But someone with something less demanding you can have it all. And here is where women differ. Women seek a man in her position, slightly closer, or better. We as men don’t care about position, so standards play a role in a women not being able to have both career, man, and family.

WHAT LEVEL YOU’RE TRYING TO REACH

Not every woman want to be the top boss. Most women want a career that will provide them with stability enough to be a addition to the household, as well as care for themselves in the event the relationship doesn’t work itself out. But for the women who want to be on top, they really do struggle to have it all. So what they find themselves doing is dating on and off through their lives. And the reason being is because most men don’t care about levels of a woman while women do. So the sexes are so different in what stimulates us about each other that it causes this type of lifestyle effects.


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PUSHED TO SUCCESS: MARRYING SOMEONE WHO IS SUCCESSFUL

Aerial Photo of Man and Woman Lying on Grass Field

“Pushing to to be greater.”


WHO IS BY YOUR SIDE

Most people who become successful in life do so when they have someone they are in a relationship with by their side. That other person forces you to be greater especially if they are doing well themselves. And that is the push that most people need to get themselves to the next level in life. Now, as for myself, I am building alone. And the downfalls is that I am taking on the full load alone. That can be troublesome sometimes when you need to truly grow, but need the assistance. We all like the think that the independent person is so great, but it can be a drag when trying to build and you have to do things alone. You would be surprised how helpful those other dollars can be when you are trying to make the world work for you.

BE PREPARED FOR HOUSEHOLD HATERS

Your success can be another person’s resentment. And that is someting you could come in contact with when dating or even married. One person is not making as much progress as the other then that person at the lower level resents the other. And it’s easier to resent them than someone in society because you are with them. But the problem is you start to bring that person down, so now you have two unsuccessful people. So you either leave the situation or watch yourself be brought down to the other person’s level. And most people end up leaving especially if they are in a good space.

LAWS OF ATTRACTION

Most people who are with someone, tend to get inspired by the other person. If the person does not inspire you to do better, then maybe they are not the person for you. Because if they are part of your overall success, then they are cntributing to your failure or lack there of success.


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