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How to escape the rat race

For the first 30 or so years of my life, I struggled while jumping from one dead-end job to the next. I graduated high school and started on the workforce, and for a long time, I honestly didn’t know there were so many potential paths one could take.

So I drifted aimlessly and ended up working a variety of unfulfilling jobs with no real plan for the future. I think a lot of young adults go through this and before they know it, time flies by and they get stuck in a job that they can’t stand.

There is hope..

We all wish to find a way to make a comfortable living while doing what it is that we love the most. Many people play with the idea of starting their own business, blog, online store, etc, but never make the effort to move forward with the idea. We become complacent in our lives and take the path of least resistance.

I believe the problem is a matter of perspective and our societies infatuation with instant gratification. A lot of us have an issue with planning for the long term and fail to take the steps necessary to accomplish small goals that eventually lead to dominating our long term goals. I, for most of my life, was no exception.

It’s about perspective

It took me way too long to realize what held me back for so long. What kept me applying for the most tedious, mindless jobs without doing anything to get out of the cycle and start working towards something better in my life. What we fail to realize is that as long as our skillset is the same as everyone else around us, you will only attract those jobs that require minimal skills, and of course minimal pay.

The secret is that you have to separate yourself from the pack if you want to have a fulfilling career and a job you love. You need a skill set that is in demand and something not just anyone can do. The moment you acquire these skills you will create an area were companies and clients in need will actually seek you out for your services.

College isn’t the only option

Many people dwell on the fact that they aren’t college-educated and downplay their potential. There are many amazing careers that you can jump into with no college degree. Many industries are switching their perspective on how they view potential employees. Instead of focusing on education levels, they just need to know that you have the necessary skills for the job. I think this is how it should be and hope this trend keeps growing.

We live in the age of the Internet and never have there been so many possibilities when it comes to learning, business, and career paths. Websites like Udemy, Sitepoint, Courseduck, and Coursera are perfect for finding something you are interested in and learning a new skill. This is where putting in work in your downtime comes in. Use these online resources and master something that people need as a service.

The internet also has great platforms to find work and do business using these skills you learn. Websites like Upwork, freelancer, and fiver allow people and companies to post jobs and tasks they need to be completed. This is a great place for someone who wants to work for themselves, make some part-time cash, and to find future clients. You bid on the jobs and when selected you get paid for your work.

These are just a few of the thousands of resources one could use to jumpstart a new career or a passion. Do your research and find a way to do what you love and get paid for it. The possibilities are endless.

Don’t settle for being an employee

Even once you land that job you love, you should always be looking for the next thing to take you up another level. Don’t ever settle for just being an employee, set long term goals to eventually own your own businesses, blogs, vlogs. Never stop leveling up your skills, and find ways to utilize them all.

Passive income isn’t a myth, there are a lot of people making plenty of money online. There are also many courses about passive income that are designed to just get your money, so don’t just follow anyone’s instruction. There are many people making full-time salaries from blogs, youtube, niche websites and more.

What about passion?

It is important to be passionate about these things we will spend most of our life doing. Don’t always get hung up on not knowing what you are passionate about yet. Sometimes it comes to you in the process of trying other things. Take courses and learn about different subjects that you find interesting, you will know rather quickly if its something you want to pursue further.

A lot of these courses are pretty affordable, so just try a little of everything until you find something you actually look forward to learning about. At that point make it your obsession and master every aspect of it until you are undeniable. At this point, you can start making an income with your new skill set with whatever path you want to take.

Use this to take back control of your life, build something you can be proud of, and be a specialist in your chosen field. Life is what you make it. Level up your skills starting today.

My Journey

I have written many blog posts about my journey on my website: Level Up Dev. You can read about my experiences from being homeless to finding my self through learning web development here. I also have many educational blogs and reviews. I have a youtube video detailing my story as well here.

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