So, you didn’t get to the Ivy League, and now you’re thinking that your circumstances are holding you back from living the life you deserve?
Think again. In an article published by Moneyinc.com, we can see that some of the world’s wealthiest people dropped out of school. It makes for interesting reading when we consider the huge amount of importance that American families place on tertiary education. Of course, there is no getting it wrong, most employers won’t consider a resumè without some level of post-high school training. This does not mean that by design college graduates are guaranteed to be successful either.
Let’s take a look at a few ways you can turn your financial future around no matter at what level you find yourself academically.
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right” – Henry Ford.
First, Know Thyself
Before you can change the trajectory of your life, you need to be able to understand what that means. If you’re reading this, it probably means that you’re already searching for something new. Something better, and this is a good thing. There will never come a time when you will wish to negate knowledge. The adage of knowledge is power has been proven true for years for a good reason. So let’s examine a few scenarios you may be experiencing that make you think that you’re somehow not living the life you believe you should. The life that you deserve.
- You might find yourself “daydreaming” about a better life.
- You have a disconnect with your past and don’t see your failures through the lens that they deserve.
- Your intentions are often left unexecuted and unfulfilled
- Do you feel you’ve “made peace” with your current situation even though you still feel a burning sense of ambition?
- Your relationships tend to feel quite superficial or lack the depth that you truly desire.
These five considerations are a good place to start. For the most part, we’re all chasing the same goals and dreams. We want a good standard of living, we want to be able to provide for our families, and we want to be able to pursue the sort of things that make us happy.
It can seem to exacerbate but when you change your lens you’ll also change your view. Consider this, whatever your current situation is it is because of the decisions that you made. Sure, we may not always be able to choose what happens to us but we can always choose how we respond to life. By extension, we might not necessarily have the exact choices that we’d want but we always have choices, and securing a good shot at establishing the future self that you want starts with making the best of what you have right now.
Create a list of some of the most successful people that you know (or wish you did). Do some research on their pathways to success and you’re very likely to find more than one commonality and within those attributes, you’re certainly going to find a moment in time where they knew that they had to change their habits.
Part of the problem with how we define success these days is that we think that if we’re not the next Elon Musk we’re somehow falling short, and that false perception of success is something that we need to change. It is entirely possible to create a relatively high standard of living without chasing the gates of the “1% of the 1%”. If you happen to have the design plans for the next, best electric vehicle then have at it, but for most of us creating financial freedom could start with thinking smarter about how we create our income.
Getting creative and thinking out of the box is where it starts. So many of our most successful entrepreneurs all left dead-end office-based jobs to start their businesses in areas where they may not have had the most passion. Living next to a swamp and thinking this doesn’t include you? For everyone who has ever squared off with a mosquito, the need for a pest control franchise could turn itchy bites, into gold.
Stop, Think, Execute
You mustn’t get caught up in overly intellectual analyses of all of this, but if you want to change your destiny then be prepared for tough times. Change is seldom easy but when combined with sincere, and authentic introspection you can change the trajectory of your life.
Consider this: by the time you’ve finished reading this post, it will be in your past – start populating your past with the type of success you demand of your future.
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