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Mid 20's and Stressed About a Career

Updated on February 26, 2016

9-5 Job

Recently I was introduced to the 4-hour-workweek. A book by Tim Ferriss. The person that introduced it to me, was a fine young man that I met on the golf course one afternoon. He claimed that he works less than 10 hours a week, volunteers at an air force base, and golfs every other day while making a salary of 10,000 dollars a year. He told me he does not want to "live to work". I don't blame him, a 9-5 job is not ideal especially when it doesn't make ends meet. It's a struggle, and work becomes a chore. I questioned his reasoning behind a low paying job..."why can't you just bust your butt, make good money, and relax later?"

He told me, "i'm extremely happy where I am. I spend time with my children, and I don't have a worry in the world."

Being Satisfied by Mediocrity- This is something I'll never be satisfied with, because I know I deserve more than that. I work too hard to not be successful. It seemed to me, this guy did not want to admit that he truly wasn't satisfied. It seemed like he was lying to himself.

23 With No Degree

After that round of golf, I wondered what my next move would be. According to the average society, school would be the next move. Getting a degree is such a crazy concept to me. Spend 4+ years in school, spending money to get a piece of paper claiming you have the right qualifications in a certain field of work.

Now, i've heard school isn't for everyone. I've also heard of some of the most successful people have survived without having past the 8th grade. That's some inspiring news to me, because school isn't for me. "Einstein was once asked how many feet are in a mile. Einstein's reply was "I don't know, why should I fill my brain with facts I can find in two minutes in any standard reference book?" That's where you can separate yourself. Applied knowledge over memorization is much more valuable. Making ideas come to life is much more valuable. A degree is a piece of a paper that will tell others I spent my life savings trying to remember rather than trying to apply.

Now, if you want to become certified for a certain area (A doctor/vet/nurse) I would claim that schooling is needed. You have to get your learning on, but remember to apply the knowledge rather than seeing it, and trying to memorize it.

Should I Be Worried?

According to the internet, and these amazing books I've read...NO.

But according to my standards, I am worried. Totally worried. If i'm working at a pizza place right now (at 23) what the heck will I be doing at 25? Well, I guess I shouldn't worry too much.

Mid 20 Stress Free

I've probably used this quote in a previous hub, but it's worth re-reading. If you drive an old car that breaks down weekly, don't beat yourself up because your broke, work hard to become successful and purchase a working vehicle. Think Big and apply knowledge and Ideas.

You may be broke now, but if you apply your knowledge, you won't be broke for long. Your mid 20's should be stress free (I know it's hard..I'm always stressing). Stress will make success delay..

Read, Learn and Apply-

I guess the takeaway message from this article would be to find what you love, and pursue that love. Nobody wants to do something they don't enjoy. It'll make their lives miserable.

A few books that I've read to help with my desire to succeed are-

The Magic of Thinking Big - David J. Schwartz.

Think & Grow Rich - Napolean Hill

The 4 Hour Workweek - Tim Ferriss

And those are just a few books available.

Don't Forget..

If you're in your mid-20's, and stressed about a plan of action for a career, don't forget that you're not alone. There's a large majority of us still attempting to pursue a career we love. Take a step back, find out what you love to do, and what you're good at it, and go full speed ahead at it. It'll take you far if your heart is in it.

-Kory Groves

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