Everyday I step outside of my dorm room to the same exact environment. College students playing volley ball, socializing, mingling, having a blast. Then I open my SnapChat and witness something else even more frightening. Without getting into the exact details, all I can say is that procrastination is working at its finest.
Procrastination lacks the need of explanation but I’m speaking from a perspective that very few will take the time to look from. College is suppose to be the time where young adults go to receive an amazing education, graduate, and land that dream job but what I see too often is that this is never the case.
In reality, a college student comes to party, waste their parents’ money, then rush to cram for credit hours and internships towards the end of junior year. By this time, they realize that they screwed up their chance at landing their “dream job” and are now forced to settle with what they are offered, if anything at all. On top of that disappointment, their parents have relinquished the financial responsibilities of college debt to their children, who now have to spend the next 10 years of their life in a position of haul. They are literally working to pay off debts instead of working for what they believe would have been the ideal life.
Let’s take that same student and say that they did everything that they were supposed to do. They went to college, got good grades, landed internships and all of these jobs with their lives ahead of them. Upon graduating they enter the workforce to learn one very important thing the hard-way. The world is unfair and revolves around “who you know”. That position that they qualified for had just been taken up by a close friend of the business owner leaving them at a position less than ideal. A position with a salary cap and strict hours, a.k.a. “9-5”.
It’s not until this moment of “making it” that people either do one of two things. Become complacent or become pissed off and hungry.
When you realize that you are not where you want to be, you start to blame others, including the economy, bosses, and any other excuse that may have taken a toll on your lifestyle. What I want to stress is that life was not given to us for it to simply suck. We have the responsibility of taking advantage of it whenever possible and most college students don’t realize this. The world is not on their side and if they don’t strive to do the extra, they will be left with a sack of papers screaming “Extra! Read all about it!” How ironic.
Instead of wasting four years of your life, be different. Realize that the very same people that you see “enjoying” the college life are most likely going to come out average unless if they dare to be different. Once you dare to be different, you begin to start a trend that will continue to grow whether it catches on or not. Find something to do that will define you and give you more credibility than the average college perfectionist. More importantly, look to build a future that is run by you. One that a boss could never effect. Once you take on this challenge, you become dangerous.
For this reason, my roommate and Tristien and I have begun to dream much bigger than anyone would imagine possible for a college freshman. We stand out because we take the knowledge, utilize it, and capitalize. Who says we can’t start a business at 19 years old? Who ever said that you can’t graduate from college with a million dollar company? You are probably saying no one but honestly, everyone who isn’t anyone is saying that we can’t. It is for that reason that we desired we can and we will.
Dreams are amazing and without them, how could we ever make our visions a reality. The problem people suffer from is learning how to take action! Once you learn that anything is possible when you set your mind to it, you start to change lives around you. Everyday, people either tell me that the work I manage is amazing or that I’m working too hard. Exactly what I needed!
You have to develop the mindset that you want to be noticed for what you’re doing. When people see that you are separating from the crowd into a place in life that they have once dreamed, they too will become motivated. Nothing feels better than setting the example.
I am by no means an expert or professional leader, but the things that I take passion and pride in doing have labeled me as such. People ask questions and even look up to me. Some even older! Unintentionally, this has served as an incentive to continue to strive for greatness.
We live in a world within which people lose touch with opportunity and developed a tunnel vision to reality. “The reality of life is that the only way to live a happy life is to follow the school system”. The REAL reality of life is that if you don’t break out of the system, figuratively, then you will prevent yourself from doing so until later in life.
My father, who shares both the same name and birthday as me, is currently 49 years old. Nearing retirement, he has only now begun to see the world as it is. Through countless undeserved layoffs, he grew tired. That’s when he started his first business, Mathis & Son Enterprise. Seven years later, he bought his first sports car. This is where people take on separate views on life.
Some see his sports car as luck. That somehow he was lucky enough to have that car magically appear in his driveway. Little do they know that this was the exact opposite. That car was the result of several blessings, a lot of sweat, and a new business idea. Having always wanted a nice vehicle, instead of wasting money, he desired to invest in one. There is a big difference! He invested into the start of a sports car rental company. The best of both worlds!
The point of the story? Life revolves around a mindset. A mindset that once you obtain, can steer you down an oath of success that will lead you to achieve your goals and dreams without sacrificing daily essentials. Chances are that the job you’re working for is filled with people at the very same level as you and your chance of advancing is so minuscule that you might as well forget it. Provide for your family but as long as you have time to work overtime, you have time to build something new. Something big that will pay off more than you will have ever imagined!
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