A Plead For Long Term Thinking
Ever since I dropped out of school last spring, I’ve had a number of people reconnect and ask about how the business is doing.
“Have you made any money yet?” is usually the follow-up question I get. I usually don’t answer it. It’s not because I want to sound like a douchebag, or prove a point, but every time I do answer it I shove myself into a corner.
To appease everyone reading this, I’ll answer it this one time. Yes, I’ve made money so far, but nothing I could live off of. Just small transactions here and there.
Now, here’s why I don’t usually answer that question. When I came back this summer I deal with myself. I wasn’t going to focus on making any money while I’m starting so that I can put myself with the best possible clients to be successful.
I knew I was going to be good at social media marketing, but it’s so reliant on attention that I didn’t want to eliminate myself from working with the right people because of money.
Now, how does this translate for a college student?
It’s the same shit. Don’t eliminate yourself from an amazing opportunity 15 years from now because you wanted to cash in right now.
Listen we’re 20 f*cking years old. What do you need the cash for? A boat? Do you want to go buy a big ass house? Why? Save all of that shit for later on in life. Now is the time to go live with your best buddies, or go live with mom.
What you should do instead is go out and get experience. You want to be General Manager for the Royals? Go work as a free assistant to the stats guy for the minor league T-Bones. Work your way into a paid position. Get experience at another team. Just work your way up.
But I promise you this… if you go apply for your dream job right away, you won’t get it. What will likely happen is they offer you a much shittier position at a decent salary with all the other 20-year-old dreamers.
Instead what you should do (and it’s the advice I’m giving myself) is take this next decade and prove that you have value to bring to this world. First prove that you’re indispensable to the stats guy of a minor league baseball team. Then prove that you’re indispensable to that team’s staff, then front office, then entire organization.
Then once you actually have experience to point to go back and get your dream job. And I bet when you go back all the 20-year-old dreamers are now 30-year-old dreamers in the same spot. Meanwhile you’re a 30-year-old do-er who actually stands out from the crowd.