Some of them went to college and dropped out, and then went from job to job. The common factor was a great attitude and work ethic.
If you act like a typical entitled twentysomething and go from job to job, always bitching about how you aren’t getting anywhere or that no one listens to you, you’ll end up somewhere shitty in your 30s.
That, along with the huge culture shock completely changed who I was as a person, to the point where the people that have known be for a long time would probably recognise me as before army and after army Pete.
Being comfortable in your own skin and having your own mind is actually a lot more rare than you might think, and is incredibly liberating.
You might have to try a few jobs you don’t like and it might be hard for a while, but never settle.
We only get one life, don’t spend it doing something you don’t like.
It was exhausting and incredibly unsatisfying to live my life for adulation from others.
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Learning is generally pretty haphazard for most people, because (ironically) they weren’t taught how to learn in school. When you master things and become a subject matter expert, that’s usually when you level up in your career and start looking at serious money and good working conditions.
They just listened to the teacher, did what they were told and that was it. Not only that, when you want to learn something you’re interested in (like surfing, for example), you spend less time being frustrated and more time enjoying it.
They’ll pressure you to just get a job, any job, so you can make some money.
They’ll pressure you to stay in that job you don’t like because it’s stable.
Some people know what they want to do straight out of school, while others are clueless.