That is the last test score of my Undergrad studies and I am without a doubt breathing a big sigh of relief. Finally the most standard, generalized, and honestly boring part as it relates strictly to studies and my career path is over! No more having to take subjects outside my realm, no more having to hunt down quality professors on RateMyProfessor (which needs to reassess that Chili pepper rating!), and most importantly there’s a whole summer where I’m not worried about the impending doom of a syllabus week!
No more syllabus week. No more syllabus atrociousness. No.
But I am left with the question that all degree earners are left with and often spend years trying to answer… What’s next? Am I supposed to go right back to school? Do I travel abroad like the hundreds of thousands of millions of blog articles suggest to do? Is this the part where I get married, buy a house, and flood Facebook with pictures of my baby?!
Swell ideas really. My advice on this unknown is something of a broad and ambiguous statement. I highly suggest you choose what you want to do.. and go all in. If it’s through traveling that you feel will help you grow the most, do it. Want to start a family? A business? Then take all your time, including “free time”, and shackle yourself to your dreams and goals. Because when you’re finished with college, you’re likely to still be in your younger years. And this presents a golden opportunity that won’t come along again.
When you are in your 20’s you’ll be allowed to mess up without having to feel too much of the ramifications. Maybe you spend all your money on travel, lose all your money building your business, you may end up living in your car for a week. The fact of the matter is this; when you are chasing your dreams you’re likely to slip, trip, stumble, or fall down. It may be just a scrape, it may end up being an ACL tear like myself. I tore mine just from Sprinting and stepping on an uneven bit of AstroTurf… 6 years of tackle football and I was completely healthy. But life comes at you from different angles and presents to you a plethora of different challenges.
And when you’re younger without too many commitments or responsibilities the setbacks will be minimal.
You could hold out hope from your 1 Bedroom apartment, praying that you’ll go untouched and unnoticed by the rigors of society. But like with any challenge, it’s best to challenge the unknown head on rather than taking a conservative “playing not to lose” approach.
I could (and have) start a business and end up losing some money over the whole set up, only to find that the final product was much of a money fetcher either. The most worry I would have is just cutting down a month’s supply of groceries to get back on budget. But imagine if I try to start a business while having kids and a wife who lean on your for your financial support, your undivided attention, and it all falls apart. How do I explain to my kids that they’ll just have to not eat as much for a month? Do I tell my wife that our family vacation plans are going to have to go on hold?
Are the lights going to go out in the middle of the night because we couldn’t pay for the electric bill?
Don’t try to protect yourself now thinking it’ll be easier to conquer later. Building up your fortress and then trying to expand your kingdom will leave you in a vulnerable spot. Embrace the nomad style of building your horizons and value and the kingdom you build will be exactly to your liking!
And for my concluding thoughts… Taking a year off.
What on Earth does that mean? With all the limited time we have on this planet, you’re going to spend that time “relaxing”?
GET THAT THOUGHT OUT OF YOUR HEAD
There is no such thing as taking a year off. You know who takes a year off? THE DEAD. Heck Billionaires don’t even take that much time off. Because they know more than anyone the value of time. You think they’re going to walk into their companies one day and say, “Man I’m exhausted, I better take a whole year off to get my mind right.” Their companies would go to shit or it wouldn’t be their company for much longer.
Taking a year off from School is fine as long as you fill it with something productive. I’m using my year to build this blog up into a reputable business. I love writing, I love the idea of having no more bosses, and I’ll work my fingers to the bone to make it happen. Bora Bora can wait. I’ll travel when I’VE EARNED IT. I’ll go out to the club when I’VE GOT SOMETHING WORTH CELEBRATING.
Maybe you’re doing this because you don’t feel like you’re seeing your friends enough. Well…
They’ve got lives to live too! When you get older you’ll be lucky to socialize with your friends once a week. But if you’re busy building up your illustrious empire and you happen to have some great friends, once is enough. Get this habit of seeing your friends 10 times a day out of your life because while it’s good to have friends and a social structure, your friends aren’t going to pay YOUR rent. They aren’t going to pay for YOUR business. But they’ll gladly let you pay for THEIR drinks.
Accept this reality. You will only be better at what you do with practice. And practice demands a little bit of alone time. You learn more about yourself when you are alone than in a room full of people. I am sure your friends are awesome people but you need to be able to chose “working on my business background processes” over “going to the club with my friends”.
Choose wisely because you can’t go back later. For me, I’ve given my self a time limit of a year to turn this site into something profitable. The whole, “Quit my job, telling my bosses to suck it, doing what I want when I want, and writing for a living” dream is something worth working towards but it will take time. Therefore, I can’t afford to waste any time in this year I have.
It might seem like a lot of a pressure but pressure makes diamonds.
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