Today I'd like to start an ATC case study on myself. I'd like to chronicle my journey from being a 9 to 5 wage slave to an online entrepreneur that attacks and conquers his life, dreams, and goals. And in order for me to be successful on my journey I've got to be accountable to you guys and myself. Here's my story...
My name is Rich and I'm in my late twenties.
The other day I read a quote online, it went like this...
"Most men die at 25".
What does that mean? It means that when most men reach their mid to late twenties they essentially reach their peak. No more growth and no more manly quest. And they had one then they've already given up on it. They've decided to relegate themselves to the safe and comfortable existence that is "wage slavery". They either hate their regular day job but they have a wife or family to support so they can't summon up the courage to quit and start over somewhere else. Or they're just comfortable enough at their secure job that has benefits and if they stick with it long enough they may eventually climb their way up the company ladder. But even if they never get a promotion they're okay with that because as long as their bills are paid and their family is taken care of then that's all that matters. Everyone is happy...as long as they don't get laid off or fired. I mean how often does that happen nowadays right???
As I write this post, it's hard for me to admit that I almost settled for this sad life. It had been more than 5 years since I had graduated from college and since then all I'd been doing was working at mediocre jobs with mediocre pay. I wasn't fully utilizing my talents, skills, and natural abilities. And altogether it was taking a toll on my work ethic and my motivation. I felt like I was stuck and didn't know what to do. To make it worse, I was surrounded by people of the same age who were trapped in the same lifestyle. These are young adults with amazing potential who were just going through the motions. On one hand they had skills or services that people would pay for, but because they never tried to monetize their abilities they end up stuck at their jobs because at the end of the day they've got to eat. The end game of this job trap could be seen in the older employees that I worked with. They relished their vacation time and would do anything to please the boss man. Were they good at their jobs? Sure they were. Some were exceptionally good but most were adequately good. Think about that...most people I worked with were adequately good at their mediocre job.
Why would you ever want to be adequately good at a mediocre job?
I knew that if I continued down this path then I would end up just like them. And that's when I decided to leave. I'd had enough of it. As a man, I knew I wasn't meant to be an "office clerk". Just thinking about how I could've ended up makes me sick.
I quit my job this year and started my own business. I gained inspiration from one of my good friends who decided to start out on his own. After years of working for someone else he decided to start his own home remodeling company in Chula Vista, CA. He let me know that it's possible to start your own business from scratch, even at a young age.
I've got enough money to support me for a couple months but I also got a new part time job in the mean time. It's not an office job and it's in a growing industry that huge potential for growth. Let's see what kind of knowledge and experience I can gain and apply it my own business. Whatever I learn will learn will be added to my existing skill set.
Follow me on my journey, but not just as a spectator. Use this as inspiration to start your own journey. "Attack then Conquer" your wildest goals and dreams.
This is just the beginning...