As we jump into our careers, we are faced with hundreds of decisions. What type of lifestyle do we want? Where do we want to live? What types of people do we want to spend time with? The list goes on. With the hundreds of decisions we must make throughout college and coming out of school, stress piles up and every decision feels like it is the most important we’ll make.
What if I told you that you can design the future you want? What if you could plan out your targets in a way that helps you to achieve your goals and the lifestyle you would like to live? The answer is finding clarity, and the process is knowing your worth.
As I share some of the things I’ve thought through in my criteria, I’d encourage you to consider the same ideas and questions for yourself, and think through how each decision will make you feel. Will this decision and the choice I make contribute to my fulfillment in life? You may make a choice now that won’t pay off for 10 or 20 years, but you must ask yourself if that end result is worth it, and if that’s what you want, then you can pursue it.
David Goggins says that when he dies, his biggest fear is that God will show him a piece of paper saying “This is the person you could have become.” and that he will be nothing like the person on that piece of paper. How can these choices we make today turn us into the best possible version of ourselves? The small, seemingly insignificant actions compound over time, and we have to decide what type of person we want to become. It comes back to the core idea: know your worth, and don’t settle for anything less.
When I think of my criteria, I start by thinking about the purpose behind my job. I want to empower young leaders to take action on their goals and connect with each other in a meaningful way. Because I have this core driving why, I’m able to think through what I want to do based on that why. Now it’s about finding a role that will get me excited and get me out of bed every day read to work hard.
I’m looking for a role in a leadership development or self-help type of industry, working with people who are in the “life coach” type of role or something similar. I think companies like Dale Carnegie and Tony Robbins are a great way to have a very tangible impact on people’s lives, and if I can channel that within my passion area of young people, that would make a huge difference to me.
In terms of salary and location, I understand that it may take some time within an entrepreneurship environment to make money, so I want to invest in myself and my future as much as I can, and then the money will come. Even if I have to work a low income job in order to make ends meet while spending time on a business where I’m passionate but don’t make as much money, I would go that route. I would love to be location independent long term so that I can travel and enjoy work wherever I am.
I love working on creative teams that are quick to innovate and pivot based on challenges that arise over the course of the job. I thrive in an environment where people are friendly and open to communication and collaboration, and couldn’t work in a stuff space where people want to sit in their cubicles quietly from 9-5.
I love having a routine with different things thrown in, including meetings, events, and projects. That would play into the management style I would prefer, one where we all work together to accomplish the goals of the team. Anything that I have to do completely alone or long tasks where I spend hours working by myself drains me and would end up leading to me loosing interest in my role quickly.
In the next 5 years, I don’t know where I’ll be. I’ll say that I want to be doing something within the space of developing student leaders that I’m passionate about, but there are so many ways that could look. With my marketing degree, I believe that the right doors will open as a result of consistent time spent investing in networking and connections. It’s worked well for me in the past, and I hope that it will continue to work well in the future.
I don’t mind if the company that I work for is a startup or a well established company, I think it’s all about the right people and the right idea at the right time. If I can find that perfect combination, then I’ll be set. I know it’s hard to think about what that perfect combination could be, but I know where I want to start, with the why behind it. Simon Sinek says, “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” I want to live that.