Five gems that I wish I knew in college

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  1. Its all so true Steve – I noticed the same things. People don’t seem to care about their jobs, those in charge are usually incompetent and afraid, and college didn’t prepare me for anything except having the required degree to get a job. That is it.

    I wish I had known not to spend so damn much on good alcohol (happy St. Patty’s Day), not to buy a brand new sports car, and not to skip throwing money into my IRA. I also wish I would have contributed to the TSP while I still could and not to take fun low paying jobs because they were fun. I had no idea what I wanted to do in life back then. Now I know that I don’t want to have to work for anyone else.

    It is kind of ironic that while we didn’t know what we wanted to do in life, now we want to not have to do anything.

    1. It really is a sad state of affairs, Brian. But, this makes it all the more important, I think, to focus on yourself and stay determined to achieve your goals – irrespective of what everyone else is doing. This isn’t being selfish. It’s being smart. Isn’t it funny that the more focused one gets on finding true happiness out of life, the less “stuff” we want?

      And today is definitely a day to celebrate – celebrate St. Patty’s Day, or the NCAA college BB tournament, or hell…celebrate the fact that it’s Tuesday…with a good beer in hand. 🙂

  2. I agree with # 1 wholeheartedly. People rely too much on college as “the golden ticket” when its really just admission into the corporate world. Now in my opinion that is better than life as a laborer. But it is still a very conventional path.

    I went to a state school that cost 1/10th the price that my wife’s $160K education cost. School was easy and in all honesty I didn’t put much effort in and still came out graduating with honors. However, I don’t regret going to school and would likely still do it all over again.

    It was the unintended relationships and opportunities that arose from going to school. Let’s be honest, we are all the sum product of our life experiences.

    I will be the first to admit that I went to school and got a degree because it was the safe and conventional thing to do. Yes, I graduated and went to work in corporate. This whole time I had this burning desire to be an entrepreneur and go off on my own. But I was afraid of failure.

    If there is one thing I wish I knew while I was still in school is that it is not a “THIS” or “THAT” path. You can build something on the side and ease yourself into the transition.

    My aha moment came in December of 2013, when I finally decided to try and start a business on the side to see if I could make any money. In 2014 that business made $18,000 at an effective rate of $100/hour all from scratch. During that “test the waters” project I started thinking of what my ideal business would be.

    That is when I found the likes of John Lee Dumas and Pat Flynn who were making money online as lifestyle entrepreneurs. They were great examples of the abundant opportunity online and people that were truly living life by design.

    I had dabbled online but nothing serious because I always had this impostors syndrome. I am not good enough. Why will people listen to me. But then one day I said fuck it and said “WHY NOT ME”.

    That is when I started my blog in September of 2014.

    The only thing I wish I realized in college was the online opportunity. The ability to get paid to do what you love. The ability to be location independent. They say that the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, and the 2nd best time is today.

    But even if I knew this then, I wouldn’t have the life experiences and knowledge that I do now. So its probably better that it happened last year instead of in college from 2004-2008.

    Great post!

    Thanks for letting me get all this out in a nice loooooong comment.


    1. Hey Gen Y!

      “Why not me?” is right. You said that people get out of college what they put into it. I agree, and would apply that to life in general as well. People get out of life what they put into it as well, and fear almost always holds people back from ventures that, at the very least, provide valuable learning experiences.

      Keep fighting the good [retirement] fight. 🙂

      1. Yes, for some reason you keep falling into spam. But I fish you out. I wish there was a way to permanently mark you as “not spam”.

        If you know of one, please let me know. Or maybe Brian you know?

  3. Professionals are not all that “professional” — This. 100% this.

    Also, I wish I knew in college that my career was not the same as my identity. I spent so much time worrying in undergrad about whether I’d get into med school that I didn’t really have much of a life. Turns out, I ditched the idea of being a doctor and really, there wasn’t a lot of there there in terms of things I liked/disliked/who I was. I wish I had spent more of that time taking risks and making connections with people.

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