Are you a college kid or young adult entering the workforce? If you are, or if you know someone who is listen up. As someone who has been there, and walked through the season you are in, I have a few pieces of advice for you as you seek out your profession.
My first piece of advice is as simple as this: Find a job to pay the bills. After studying and learning all of college what you want to do, this may sound discouraging, but hear me out. When you graduate college and enter the workforce that is probably not the job you will have for the rest of your life. That’s okay. Be prepared to not get your dream job right off the bat.
Get a job to pay your bills. Get a job to pay off debt. After this is done, then you start transitioning into what you want to do. Work during the day and in your off time pursue those things you love. Then one day you will be able to make the things you love your profession.
My second piece of advice is not to leverage yourself financially now that you are making a little bit of money, to where you cannot take a job making less money but is what you really want to be doing.
I know so many young people who have entered the work force and were unable to accept a lower paying job they loved because of how they had leveraged their higher previous income. Don’t go buy new cars, new clothes, and eat out all the time as soon as you begin making a little money.
Lastly, don’t take out debt in order to follow your “passion.” Everyone wants to make a difference. Everyone wants to follow their dreams. Just don’t do so at the expense of taking on debt. Let me give you some advice: Get a job. Make money. Follow your passions on your own time.
Taking out debt to do something that has a chance of not even working is not the wisest thing to do. There is a chance it may not work. My business has tried things before and had them fail, but because we had money saved and other incomes to help ensure us, we were financially secure.
For example, I worked a job for two years before I got to follow my dreams of being a football coach. In order to take that dream coaching job, I had to take a major pay cut. That was okay because I had worked for a few years and saved money!
I didn’t read any of this in a book, I experienced all of these things first-hand. Take what I learned and use it to to avoid making some of the same mistakes.
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