Ambition

Today, I want to get you thinking about ambition. Do you consider yourself an ambitious person? Do you surround yourself with ambitious people? I can tell you right now that I am a very ambitious person, but I do not always surround myself with the same type of people. And this is no means a bash towards those who are not as ambitious, you do you. But for me at least, those who are not as ambitious as I am do not motivate, nor inspire me to push further or to keep going when it gets rough.

Say I am in a room, and someone says let’s go for coffee. They do this every day and I know that I can’t afford to go for coffee (not only because I am a broke student, and it adds up after x amount of time a week)  because I have an assignment due the next day. In general, most people will go for the coffee, but the ones that stay behind, the very few, are the ones you want to be surrounding yourself with. They are ambitious, they have goals and they have deadlines to meet, and you can tell that they will be a good influence on you! This is once again not to hate or bash anyone that is not like that, but for me, I need those types of people around me. (Note: I am generalizing, and I am lover of all things coffee, and it is okay to go grab the coffee;

I need to be able to check myself in place and realize that the only reason I am not accomplishing what I want, or let’s say getting the marks that I want, is that I am not pushing myself. I don’t see others working 12 times as much as I am, and don’t want to even try them. I am not saying I want to compete with anyone, because most times why or what you are doing are incomparable, but because I know that if they can do it, then why can’t I? Which is why a lot of the time I feel very unmotivated at home, alone doing homework and readings in my basement. I have no one to give me a reality check and show me just how much I can push myself, and how well I can accomplish something.

That’s what I mean by are you an ambitious person? Does seeing others work hard to motivate you, or inspire you to do better than what you are doing right now? Think about it… it will increase your productivity, accomplish your tasks and goals, and overall it will make you feel better.

Thanks for reading! I hope this motivates you a little bit, and you get working on whatever needs to be done!

Have a wonderful day!

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Spring Your Life– Goals

We’ve established our values and priorities, and now it’s time for a bit of soul searching, so buckle up!

Today we are going to discuss goals, and this can be life goals, or daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals. I am a firm believer that when we have a deadline or a goal, then our mind starts setting up to get to that point.

People believe that goals can only be created once a year, around the time of New Years. But I am here to tell you that, that is complete bullshit. You can’t time your spontaneous life around one time of year. There will be times, even the most random of times, where an idea or concept will come to your mind, and you might not seize the idea because it’s not the time of the year to think of new things. Yes, New Year’s resolutions is a great place to start, but it is not the only place to start. Creating goals does not have a time constraint, it can happen whenever. So how about after reading this… seems like the perfect time?

Back to the point! Let’s look at how we create goals. We need to begin by dreaming big, and I mean big. People forget that everything around us was created by people who dreamed big, who were ambitious and had goals! You’ll hear the excuses that it was all luck, but did you ever think that no one can be that lucky? Yet they still have all that… Want to know how they did it? They made their own luck and opportunities. And how do you do that? Well first off, you will need a goal to reach. Going through life without any goals is like wandering in a vast field with nothing in it. Moral of this story, dream big. Might sound delusional, but everyone who has done it, and gave it their all and has never stopped, have accomplished their goals.

Now we need to come up with our goals. So take a few moments and think about what you would love to do in life? Maybe it’s a specific career you want, maybe it’s to open your business or even smaller things. Honestly to begin, think of a weekly or monthly goal, and then your work your way up to larger goals. I’ll give you an example, this blog. It has been a goal of mine for a while, and I stopped at one point, but recently I picked it back up. Now I write about things that I would want to read, and I have a goal with this blog.  I want this blog to help people going through rough times, bring brightness and the sunshine to people, and to send positive vibes to the internet world. Once I knew which direction I wanted to take, my blog was revived and honestly so was I, because I had created a purpose for myself. So take a few minutes and think about what you want out of life, want you to want to accomplish or fulfill!

I also want you to find something that will set your inner spark on fire, and make it like the Olympic flame, which never goes out! You need to create goals that motivate you and push you, but ultimately inspire you every day.

So hopefully by this point, you’ve thought of a goal, and now you need to break it down and plan out everything you will need to do to accomplish it. Soon, I also recommend putting a time limit if you can, on your goal. So create a plan, and all the steps, no matter how small, that you will need to reach your goal.

There you go, you have created a goal, a sense of determination! Don’t you feel the tiniest bit motivated, energized, refreshed even? Remember though, goals through times will change because you will also change. I recommend, every few months re-evaluating long-term goals, and adapting them to your specifications. Don’t change them every day, but looking them over will you keep you in a good direction, and make sure it’s still what you truly want.

Goals can be scary, but they are there for you to make sure you live a fulfilled and happy life that you want. So go out into the world and do everything you possibly can to build the life you want!

Have a Wonderful day and go Conquer the World!

“Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish”

  • Put in the hard work and effort, and you’ll go far in life.
  • Play your cards right, and make the right connections and you’ll go far in life.
  • Be patient and just tough it out, and eventually you’ll get where you need to go.

All those statements are not necessarily false, but they are not exactly true. And the previous statement is in itself terrifying, yet a relief at the same time. Unfortunately, we live in a world where things are not that easy; where getting a job after university is extremely hard, and if you do not have enough degrees you are not qualified. We live in a world of contradictions, and apparently, we are just supposed to be okay with that.

We now live in a world where to be successful you need to be self-made and you need patience. Nothing has ever come to people immediately, everything takes time. We need to understand that just like our ancestors if you want to make it at the top, you need to start at the dirt bottom. We need to have the crumby horrible paying jobs, and sometimes work 2-3 jobs at a time. And slowly we can enter into a career related job.

We now live in a world that you need to be able to teach yourself and do anything that is thrown at you. No more of the one job for the rest of your life, and do the same thing every day; you need to be prepared for anything, the minute you walk into your job.

The statements above are true, but a lot of things in this world is based on luck. Some will be luckier than others and some of us won’t be as lucky or fortunate. This is not me telling you to just call it quits, but this is me telling you to go and find your own luck.

Or better yet, create your own luck. We live in a world where if you want an opportunity you need to go make one because there aren’t enough for everyone. We live in a world where if you are reactive nothing will happen, you need to proactive and run after you want.

Lately, I’ve been evaluating my life, and I am probably the first person to admit that I am very reactive. If I want something I will not run after; I will not jump on the wagon that will maybe bring me to the train station that might take me to an airport to catch the plane of my dreams.

We have lost our hunger and curiosity, if we don’t have those things, how one earth will we accomplish our dreams and goals? So for the first time, I finally understood the quote by Steve Jobs, “Stay hungry, Stay foolish.” We lost this inner hunger and desire because we just lost all hope.

But that can change! That craving for life and experiences are things that we all have inside of us. You need to dig deep and find it, and then it will be as if a flame has been lit inside of you.

So take a few moments and reevaluate your life… seriously it will help.

Have a Wonderful day!

The Idea of a Career

The way we see our careers in today’s society is hit or miss. What I mean by that is that if we do not get the perfect job or career right away, then there is no point to advance career wise. And I’m here to tell you that that is entirely not true. We are so lucky that the way we define careers has changed since our grandparent’s time and our parent’s time.

There is no longer one job for the rest of your life. A lot of the time or parents and grandparents got that one job and stayed there, obviously, there are exceptions. Nowadays, we change jobs more frequently, and there is more of a chance to change field or to find another job faster.

There is, however, a downside to this, you need to adapt to every situation thrown at you; we need to be able to jump from job to job and not get knocked down to our feet all the time. The paths that we take career are bumpy, completely uncertain and often hit a dead end. Knowing what job you want is not that easy anymore. With new jobs popping up right left and center, it becomes much more difficult to pick one. But that’s the great thing about careers nowadays, we do not need to settle with one job.
We are also in a time where the reasons for our work have changed. If you ask your grandparents what kind of lifestyle they wanted for your parents, they wanted them to have money, and be comfortable. And a lot of the time, at least in my case, parents want us to be happy.

This new generation entering the workforce wants to give back and help the world. Throughout history, our circumstances change. We want to work to earn money, yes absolutely, it’s a necessity. But we also want out jobs to be meaningful, to help people, to give back to our communities. Many times people will criticize us for that, as to why I could not tell you because no legitimate reason follows. Our generation has the ambition to help, and to create, and to seek opportunities. We are fortunate enough to grow up in a time of Disney, and imagination, where dreaming can become a reality. Obviously, not everyone around us, or around the world can have that, which is why I think we want to help so much. But then again we get criticized for it, but the one thing people need to see is that that doesn’t stop people because all we do is get back up and ignore the criticism.

Now some might say we are also a generation of high maintenance and that we want certain things, and that when we enter the workforce we expect too many accommodations. Which from another perspective, I can completely understand, but from my point of view, I see it as claiming what is there. We are entitled to equal pay, to health care benefits, to job safety, to a good working environment. Our parents have thought us that we deserve certain things. Call us spoiled, or bratty, but fighting for what we need to survive, such as affordable health care and equal pay, is not being done for fun. We do it because it is just and right, and in today’s society where prices for things are escalating and our salaries aren’t, we need certain things to be provided for us.

We are a generation that is in this slippery territory, the world before us kind of got turned upside down, not because of a specific group of people, more because of it just happening. We are in a time where the way we see poverty has shifted. The middle class is shrinking, the rich are getting richer, and the poorer are getting poorer. We see the need to stop that, and that is why we want so much from our jobs. We realize that there are things in this world that need to be fixed or repaired, and if we want to dedicate our career or jobs to that reason no one should tell us we can’t.

All this to say that careers have changed, and if anything you can make up your own definition of what a career is. We have so many options and opportunities, and yes it takes a lot of work and many setbacks, but if you really want that type of career—whichever it may be—then you have to be prepared and persevere through it. I know that you can, if you are not a happy point career wise, research your options. It might feel like you have none, but trust me you do.

Thank you for reading, I hope this gave you at least a tiny glimmer of hope!

Have a wonderful day!