I'm currently packing for a trip to Austin.
But before that, I wanted to let you in on a little project I've been working on.
If you've read a couple of my blog posts, you would know that I'm huge on discovering your likes, your dislikes, and your hates, because finding this out is one of the most important things you can do for your happiness.
Once you know this stuff, plotting your goals becomes 10X easier.
You never have to worry about if you're making the best choice, as long as you're making a really good choice.
So I chose to write a manifesto down. What do I live by? What do I stand for?
I realized that one of my life's purposes is to help people create change: whether that is changing eating and fitness habits, to wanting to learn a new skill, to getting a dream job.
That's why I'm releasing a free 6-chapter ebook by the late summer.
It's a project I've been working on to culminate all of my thoughts and guidelines in day-to-day life in as one solid resource.
Here is an excerpt from ch.1.
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The most common mistake I see people my age make is going through the college pipeline and thinking that it is enough to get them what they want.
Studying and lectures take up so much of their time, that they have no energy left to pursue their real passions.
Four years and tens of thousands of dollars in debt later, and about 83% of them have no job after graduation.
Although there are some merits to a college degree program, I think the university system in our country fails to deliver on nearly all of its promises. For the rising price of $50,000+ per year, you are not guaranteed to:
- get a job
- learn up-to-date, relevant information
- have good professors/mentors that care about your personal success
Some people might respond, "yeah, because those are the things you have to work for".
It's a fair point. I'm a huge believer that nothing is ever handed to you and that you should work for the things you want.
But at the price point of $50,000+ a year, I expect there to be a little more 1-on-1 guidance and career-assurance to the package.
For the price of $200,000, your money could be better spent on a multitude of other things:
- For the language or IR major: a backpacking trip around the world to study different cultures and learn new languages ($8,000)
- For the aspiring film-maker: a top-rated DSLR + lighting sets and rigs + online film classes + trips to film festivals ($5,000)
- For the coder or tech entrepreneur: a 10-month coding bootcamp + a membership at an entrepreneurial workspace such as Cross Campus + guaranteed job ($10,000)
- For the writer or journalist: an online writing mentor + fifty books on writing + trips to BookCon + blog hosting ($2,500)
... and so many more options that we just never have the time to think about because we're so hammered with the information that college is the way.
Your parents may have bought in to this marketing. But you don't have to.
You have the power to control your own destiny.
How do you do this?
Don't worry, you don't have to do anything drastic to start taking massive action towards your goals. Simply knowing this information is a great start.
This e-book is going to walk you through the process that I use to define my goals.
Here are 10 lessons I've learned through these past few years:
- Society has told you that you that you're set. Just do what everybody else is doing and you'll live a good life. But a good life is not always the good life for you.
- Don't live life for your resume; live for your growth.
- Your parents want safety for you, not greatness. Sorry to all the moms out there, we know you love us, but that shit ain't helpin.
- If you fully believe in your decisions; it's okay to "let down" some people. It's only temporary and they'll understand in the future.
- People are usually flakes or just busy with their own lives; that's just human nature. For that reason, you should be constantly giving people the chance to hang with you.
- School teaches you that you should only solve problems when someone else creates them for you. Being entrepreneurial means actively identifying real problems in the world yourself.
- Being broke, young, and inexperienced has it's own competitive advantage. At this point in life, you have a chip on your shoulder -- you haven't quite "made it" yet so you feel like you have to prove something to yourself.
- Having the confidence to fail as a young professional is one of the most fruitful things you can have for your personal and professional growth.
- Showing people you can follow through on what you say is one of the most powerful builders of trust. Opportunities fly towards people who can follow through because it's so rare.
- Create more than you consume from this world. Create conversations, friendships, films, books, blogs, foods, technologies, cures, art, entertainment, and knowledge. Leave everything and everyone better than you found it.
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Hope you enjoyed that little excerpt.
Stay tuned for the full release by the end of the summer!