I think there’s a temptation in all of us to “follow our dreams” no matter the cost…to find that one “passion” in life and just do it. Somehow the money is supposed to follow. This kind of advice and life mantra has always irked me somewhat, and any semblance of practicality or logic is clearly lacking. I absolutely love sitting on the couch and watching movies. It’s literally the greatest thing in the world to me. Could I somehow make money doing this? I suppose I could if I reviewed them or something, and people started coming to me for critical movie going information. But at that point, watching the movie would become a means to an end, and not simply THE end….hence it would lose what I love most about it…being able to lose myself in the entertainment. My point here is that in all likelihood, the things we love simply aren’t going to make us any money. Sure, Warren Buffett loves picking stocks, Lebron James loves playing basketball, Bobby Flay loves to cook, and Brad Pitt loves to act…great! But, these guys are ALL one in a million…and those are TERRIBLE odds!
I know a plethora of people “following their dreams” and snubbing their noses at those who’ve “sold out” to join the “rat race.” No, these people have simply decided to pick a deck of cards stacked in their favor. Yes, they gave up the lottery ticket. But in return they received stability, the ability to consistently save, invest, build a life with a significant other, start a family, give back to their local charity, join and serve a church…all great and noble things! Contrary to popular new age belief, these individuals aren’t choosing the easy or boring way in life. Our parents and teachers have molded us into believing we all can and SHOULD be Mark Zuckerberg. Well obviously, we all can’t!
I’m not saying we can’t be entrepreneurial, because we can and rightfully should at some point. But remember, that entrepreneurial spirit doesn’t have to go away simply because we choose to work an eight to five job. Having some experience, meeting the right people through work related networks, and building up a substantial financial nest egg all work to INCREASE THE PROBABILITY of achieving success in the entrepreneurial endeavor one eventually chooses.
In this day and age, going against the grain has become an oxymoron. Every Tom, Dick, and Harry with a newly minted college degree is attempting to do just that. Thus, by the very nature of everyone “going against the grain”, we are all actually “going with the grain” in our attempt to “go against the grain”. As crazy as it might sound in today’s world of do social media, internet marketing, and general “outside of the box” thinking, I’m going to suggest something “outside the box”….GET A JOB!!
Yes, I said it….get a (dare I utter) normal, decent paying, steady, office job. And how do I do that? DON’T BE LAZY! Get your butt to your college career center, figure out how to draft a resume and cover letter, practice interviewing, hit the internet job posting sites hard, make phone calls, HUSTLE!! Trust me, regardless of the industry, job description, or pay level, you will learn valuable skills, including patience, focus, attention to detail, and clear communication. You will form relationships with those with whom you work. Plus, as icing on the cake, you will take home a steady salary, which if used wisely, can grow that nest egg or rainy day fund quite nicely. Each day, week, month, year of saved income increases the likelihood of achieving success in whatever entrepreneurial endeavor you choose later on in life.
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