The older I get, the more I realize how necessary it is for people first starting out to find a mentor. A mentor is there to guide you through all the landmines in a career or start-up venture. In fact, I encourage everyone to get a mentor with every serious endeavor they are about to undertake.
“You are special. You deserve the world and can do anything.” These words do more damage to young people than any insult. If all you hear growing up is how special you are, you’re going to develop the biggest entitlement attitude ever! You’re going to think you walk on water and your shit don’t stink.
Is there any wonder why the most typical complaint by the 99% protest movement is not getting a dream job after going tens of thousands of dollars in debt? What is wrong with picking crops and making hamburgers? College graduates are told to go to school, don’t be afraid to take out massive debt because their lives will be great since they are so special. As a result, they aren’t willing to put in the hours to get straight A’s, work unpaid internships every summer to gain experience, and develop technical skills beyond the classroom. Being told they are special DOOMS them.
This is why growing up in a free and developed country like the United States is pretty easy, ironically. If you don’t have the “I’m special” attitude, then you will never be delusional. And since so many of your peers think they are special, they aren’t willing to put the extra time and effort into whatever they are doing. Just realizing you are just another nobody will put you far ahead in this world.
Start your own business: If you feel you’re not getting paid what you’re worth, start your own business online on the side! It used to cost a fortune and a lot of employees to start your business. Now you can start it for next to nothing with a hosting company like Bluehost for under $4/month and they’ll give you a free domain for a year to boot.
Brand yourself online, connect with like-minded people, find new consulting gigs, and potentially make a good amount of income online one day by selling your product or recommending other great products. Not a day goes by where I’m not thankful for starting Financial Samurai in 2009.
Updated for 2017 and beyond.