Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. – Mark Twain
Everyone has heard about the success stories–college dropouts starting their own social media, quitting their jobs to start their own business to becoming an entrepreneur, and turning down multi-billion dollar offers. For a lot of people, these are the inspirational stories but becomes nothing more than just a story, and for others, these are the stories that drives people forward to take risks in hopes of achieving the same goals, however, we never hear the other side of it, the struggles, hardships, and failures that comes along with building success.
Lately, I’ve been listening to a series of podcasts from “The Foundation: Starting From Nothing” (which was presented to me by a very good friend and that I highly recommend to anyone who wants to quit the path they’re doing now and achieve something greater), and as I listen to these success stories, I think to myself, why can’t I do the same? Why can’t I become the next success story? These are not the stories hear most often in the tech world such as: Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Larry Page (Google), Bill Gates (Microsoft), or Steve Jobs (Apple); these are the no name entrepreneurs who truly started from nothing. So what is so darn hard about making it?
If you’re like everyone else, you were raised to go to school, get good grades, graduate college, get a job and work for the same company until retirement. That’s the norm that most people go by, and that was what it was taught to most people, including myself, and teach their kids for generations. My parents are not risk takers, they’ve always told me to get good grades and follow the rules, and you’ll have a good job… These are the series of events that happened in my life:
I graduated high school, but was not at the top of my class. I slacked off, and partied every weekend (with people 3-4 years older). I didn’t have good grades. I eventually made it to college (California State University, Fullerton). I hated it… I studied hard, got good grades, and transferred to UCLA (CSUF wasn’t a good fit for me. I wanted to explore and not be stuck at a commuting school). I graduated UCLA, with crappy grades, but was one of my best experiences in life. A few months after graduation, I landed a Civil Engineering job, working 40 hours a week (and still working here). Yes, I went through the whole schooling shenanigans, and yes I’m doing the whole regular work week.
I’m probably in the same boat as you are. I’m trapped. Feeling like I should do something. You’re probably wondering why you’re reading my blog? Sorry to disappoint you, but you won’t find any secrets of finding success in these blocks of text, but you find a common interest, trying to break out of the norm. trying to explore options, and be a risk taker. I want to be one of the success stories. I’m determined and wanted to keep a blog so, hopefully, in the near future, I’ll have a success story to tell, and this blog will document my attempts towards my goals, my failures, strengths and weaknesses, and everything else in between. If you keep up, we’ll grow and learn something together. I’m determined and eager, and hopefully you are too to finding something more in what lies ahead in 2014. Hopefully my risks will be your reward and lets make money together!