Success = Knowing What You Need

I think the reason so many kids go to college is because they don’t know what they want.

When you don’t even know what success means to you, how can you just recklessly spend tens of thousands of dollars and commit years of your life? Easy — because other people tell us to. When we don’t know what we want, we try to make the best decision in our mind.

"If other people want this degree and college experience so bad, then it must be good for me too."

So if everyone is following that same mindset, you just have a bunch of people who don’t know what they want going to college. 

This can be dangerous.

Richer students can afford for college to be a nice vacation while they wait for their parents to award them an internship or job here and there . But first generation students fighting for a better future for themselves and their family?

They’re chasing a vague goal of more money and prestige.

If you can’t put a number on how much money you need, then you need to seriously think about it. When you do an audit of your needs, then you have a much better sense of what you should be pursuing.

For example, if your desired lifestyle is living in a small town and being able to Netflix all day, that’s not a very expensive lifestyle out of work, so you may want to be a bartender or barista.

If you want to live in the city and experience nightlife once a week, you may need a bigger salary than that of a barista.

If you want to travel the world, living in countries where the US dollar is powerful (Thailand, Vietnam, etc.) you can live like a king/queen if you’re making at least $30,000/mo on a remote job.

Once you can define what it is you want, it makes it so much easier achieve it.

A successful person is not the guy in the suit making six figures by working 70 hours a week that he hates. If he loves it, then that is his true dream job. 

But a really successful person is simply a person who knows what they want, and is happily pursuing it. Whether that is six figures a year or simply living in a low maintenance cottage by the ocean.

Can you define success? Use these 3 metrics:

  1. Where do you want to live? (City, small town, beach-side + specific places)
  2. What do you want to be doing everyday? (Exercise, family time, photography, hobbies, etc.)
  3. How much do you need to make right now? (Understanding that you will grow in your career and make more in the future)