Throughout my short life span, I’ve noticed a stunningly large amount of people that haven’t put a single thought into what they intend on doing in their life. Thoughts such as a future career, furthering education, or actually leading a life that they would find to be enjoyable. I was never one to live such a nonchalant life. I loved to think about what my future would be like, what I would be doing and if it was something that I would actually enjoy. I never wanted to live the average life where I would live obtaining an earned income and evidently have to spend it without having more than a few pennies left to save. So I thought I would take the time to give a few key things that you can do as well so that you can get a head start in leading a successful life.
Number one: Knowing What You Love
Probably the biggest thing when it comes to living a life where you’re happy is knowing what you love to do in your spare time, and then making something out of it. If you love to paint, then maybe find a career and major in something that allows your artistic abilities to flourish. A knack for computers and artistic abilities could lead to a successful and happy career in web page designing. If you want to be happy with what you do, you should always try to know what you love doing. There is no reason what-so-ever that says that you shouldn’t be able to mix work with your passion. If you want to live a happy life, then never forget about what brings a smile to your face.
Don’t know what makes you happy? Then get out there and explore different interests! It’s a great big world out there and there are opportunities! Don’t think of excuses that say you can’t go out and get something done. All excuses do is hold you back. You can’t get into town because you don’t have a car or a ride there? Ride a bike. Don’t have a bike? Walk. I walk about three miles everyday on my own free will because I enjoy it, if there’s something in town I desperately need, I just get up and go (which is much farther than three miles). Excuses prevent happiness and hold back opportunities that will lead you to a successful life.
If you’re not huge on the idea of finding something you like by chance, then check out this website. http://public.careercruising.com/en/
Career Cruising is a website dedicated on helping you find interest in careers. After creating an account, you can answer a series of questions about you that will both determine what jobs you would like the most, based off of your personality, and how good you would be at the job, based on current skills. It’s suggest many different things for me and I found it to be very helpful. I go onto it often to check my results or retake my tests in case anything is different. It’s incredibly helpful and will help you as well.
Number Two: Being Smart
You’re probably thinking of grades and GPA when I tell you to be smart (assuming you’re still in school), but that’s not the case at all. Something that I found immensely helpful when trying to prepare for the future was knowing more and more about life itself. Covering three useful topics: Money, careers, and opportunities.
If you’re like me, you’re not a huge fan of the idea of working at a job, getting some money, and then have to spend it all back on food, insurance, or any other expenses. Sure you may have some cash leftover, but it doesn’t really give you the freedom to live luxuriously, or as luxuriously as you would like.
As explained in the book Rich Dad Poor Dad for Teens by Robert Kiyosaki, there are three types of income that an individual can obtain. Earned Income, Passive Income, and Portfolio Income. These three types of income will be explained directly from the book.
Earned Income: “Earned income is money you get from working. When you have a job, you’re paid a salary- usually in a paycheck you get every week or every two weeks. When my Poor Dad told me to “get a good job,” he meant to work for an earned income.”
Passive Income: “Passive income is earned even when you’re not physically doing any work… Money made from real estate is passive income. This is how I made money for many years, and it was an extremely good way. I bought apartment buildings, and then leased the apartments to people who paid me every month to live there.
Passive income could also come from royalties- income that comes in from writing a book or a song or from appearing in a commercial that is on TV or the radio. Every time a book is sold, a song is sung, or a commercial is aired, the people who were involved usually get some money. Sometimes the money is just a few pennies, but those pennies can add up to become a lot of dollars.
People who are rich are usually good at generating passive income. Their money is working for them while they’re working in other ways- managing their portfolio, starting other businesses, or simply enjoying their lives”
Portfolio Income: “If you have money invested in paper assets (stocks, bonds, or mutual funds), you have portfolio income. Portfolio income works on the same principle as passive income. Your money is working for you even when you’re asleep!”
Having knowledge about money is a great way to ensure a successful and rich life because it helps you know the “do’s” and “don’ts” of the world, that will hopefully not come back and bite you. I encourage everyone to read this book, regardless of the fact that it says it’s for teens because it is just full of useful knowledge on money and can really help you.
On the note of the three types of income, the majority of the human population go with earned income. Not because they favor it, but because they generally don’t even know that the other two exist and that it’s the easiest to obtain. Admittedly, I think passive income is the best to have because you’re generating money, regardless of how much, without having to put much effort into it. The problem behind passive income is actually obtaining it, but where there is a will, there is a way. A great way to ensure a wealthful and successful life is managing to generate a passive income, on top of earned income.
Knowing about the career you want or the career you currently have is a great way to set up a successful life. Not only should you enjoy the career you’ve chosen, but you should know what it wants from you, and what it’ll give you in return. Know what benefits your job gives you. Paid vacation? Sick days? Health insurance? Knowing what your job offers you is incredibly useful.
You can also learn about what it’ll take to rise up in the career. Never be content with where you’re at unless you’re at the top, or you absolutely love what you do. Look for the opportunities to get promoted or get a raise. If you seek out opportunities to help you rise up in the ranks, then it will pay off in the long run. Sure you may have to work a bit more, but successful people don’t turn away at the first sign of having to work. Plus, rising up usually means more pay, more power, more respect and if you enjoy the work that you do, which you should, then it will make you happier as well!
One thing that is true for almost every successful person on the planet is that they always look for opportunities. Opportunities comes in all kinds of varieties and they are probably your greatest friend in the whole world. They can land you jobs, more pay, passive income, or they can lead to even more opportunities.
My sister, Melody for example. She is an artist and a very good one at that. The sad thing about artists though is that there aren’t that many professions out there to choose from, and while she loves to draw, her current job doesn’t have much to do with the activity (she works at a tea store, and she loves the stuff, so it’s alright). Recently however, Melody was given the opportunity to illustrate a children’s book being made by a friend of hers. She is currently fulfilling that right now, as I type this out. Will this opportunity open any doors for her? I don’t know. The point behind opportunites is that they can do wonders for you, and should always be taken if given the chance. The thing is, you shouldn’t just sit around and wait for opportunities to come to you, you have to go out there and find them yourself! Don’t wait for the wind to blow the door open for you, get up and open it yourself.
Number Three: Believe and Achieve
As cliché as it sounds, you can’t get that far in life if you don’t believe in yourself. If you don’t have the confidence in yourself to get things done, if you let yourself give in to excuses, if you just sit around and don’t do anything with your the time that you have in this life, then you are not going to be successful. You have to break out of those chains that hold you back! If you want to be something, you have to work, you have to fight, you have to get off of the couch and do something! If you put in the effort, you can do anything. I don’t know if I’ll be anything. I have no way of knowing that someday I’ll be a rich and successful man with a great and happy life, but I will keep working and I’ll keep believing, and who knows, maybe I will be something big someday. But let’s not stop at just me. What about you? Are you going to be something great? ‘Cause if you are, you have to put in the effort.
Work. Believe. Achieve.