What is more important than family, health, money, and rewarding accomplishments in life you might ask? Great question!
We all want these things in life but in order to achieve them there is one thing we need the most…
As everyone already knows, there is a major shift in mentality with the new generation; Millennials have completely different values than Gen X, but do they really?! I dare say not!
Gen X have focused on working from the bottom up in a company not just to make ends meet, achieve a title, or because they have nothing they rather do than work; but because their end goal is to be able to achieve the financial freedom to be able to retire and spend time with their family in their future.
Millennials may have a reputation for “feeling entitled” due to their work approach being to work less and expect the same results. The only difference from Gen X is that they want it sooner rather than later.
What is my point you may ask?
There is one thing in common that the rich, the poor, the Millennial, or Gen X all consider to be of the utmost importance in life… time!
TIME! Money comes back, time doesn’t. That is why time is more valuable than money.
Money is essential but it is not what ultimately makes people happy. Money is just a piece of paper able to buy people the moments of joy they want.
Sadly, in the process of trying to get to those moments, most people spend their entire lives doing something they don’t enjoy in order to finally get that moment of happiness that they are able to afford.
It is not money we are after; it is the wonderful feeling we all long for when we finally get what we want.
But how else could you possibly afford to achieve what you want in life if you don’t start from the bottom and work your way up to a point to where you are able to meet your needs?
Start young, invest in yourself, and keep an open mind!
Adopt a “growth mindset”
Life is not just black and white; you should never think anything close to, “I can or I can’t and that’s that!”.
If you failed 100 times that means that you are 100 times closer to the right solution!
Every time you fail, you should improve your strategy a bit more. Instead of wasting time being discouraged or giving up, you need to realize you are a step ahead because now you know what not to do.
And let’s be honest… Next time you hear someone say, “we tried everything” ask them what they tried and how many times, then call them on their bluff!
There is no way that someone could have possibly tried EVERYTHING to make it work and still failed.
Work on your skills
When school is over, learning should not be over with it! There is always a better way to do things; even if you think you might be the best…you more than likely are not… So, let the ego step aside and learn how to work smarter, faster, and better.
Some people might think my parents were harsh, but I am extremely thankful to them for it!
I learned at a very young age that it is not personal, life is actually pretty simple. People are ALWAYS replaceable and therefore you have to work way harder than everyone next to you in order to be the “replacement” rather than the “replaced”. Period! Work for it! Learn and grow!
The top 7 skills you should have as a base:
- Time management
When you possess these qualities, you are of immense value to ANY industry because the rest, that is job specific, can be taught, whether you take learning into your own hands, or if it is in formal training through the company.
Create Passive Income
Once you have these skills and the discipline to self-manage yourself to keep on task on your own, start creating passive income skills. Jumping directly to this step is not for everyone in my opinion.
I would suggest first to focus on working somewhere for someone to be able to:
- Gain some experience in the field of interest
- Learn how to communicate efficiently
- Absorb everything you possibly can from the people you look up to (mentor)
- Save some money
- Understand how things work as far as your field of interest (what do people want/need?)
Once you do that, you can start applying your knowledge and resourcefulness by taking it a step further:
A couple of ideas for passive income are(there are many more ways, you just have to pick what is most relevant to you):
- Making an online course and sell it to people that might want to learn that particular skill you are offering
- Amazon FBA (Best course available→ https://ki143.isrefer.com/go/asm/Pamy92/ )
- Invest in real estate and collect rental income
- Dividend income
- Affiliate marketing
Start Your Own Business
Once you feel you built entrepreneurial skills by managing yourself (through creating a course for example) you can move on to starting your own business if it is something you are inclined to do.
At first it will be a lot of hours and it might seem overwhelming if you’ve never done it before mainly if you are alone, but it is definitely more attainable than most people think.
I do highly suggest reading the book “The 4-hour work week” by Tim Ferris, it is life changing when it comes to time management.
Once you are doing good you can scale it to an agency and when you do, please remember how you wanted to be treated when you first started. After-all, helping each other grow is human and is one of the best feelings in the world. Keep humble and give back, whether that is mentoring that college kid that is willing to prove himself worthy and learn from you or whether that is giving back to the community. Just keep it human and be kind!
So if growing yourself to the next level sounds like something you are seriously interested in, connect and stick around for more tips to come!