Work hard when you are young – how life has changed!
What you may ask has a photo of The Beatles to do with working when you are young? Read on – it has to do with passion and achievement.
In the past, your grandparents and parents may have stayed at their one job or career, for a very long period of their working lives. Maybe they did an apprenticeship and stayed in the same or similar trade for an extended period. Now, things have changed. Jobs such as administration, production and clerical jobs will continue to reduce in number. Many companies are looking to cut costs by moving jobs elsewhere (such as call centres) and want to increase their customer support but with fewer staff. Unfortunately that affects us all and means we need to be able to move with the changes and be adaptable.
One of the most important things young people can do today is to keep learning. Stay at school as long as possible, complete year 12 and add any other qualifications you may need for the job you’re contemplating. An extra TAFE course or Pre Apprenticeship are the sort of qualifications that employers are requiring for todays workforce. My son recently applied for an electrical apprenticeship and was successful. It wasn’t until after the interview that he was told 200 people applied. Only 10 people had completed year 12 of schooling and they were the only people who were shortlisted for the job. The fact he had just finished an electrical pre apprenticeship also helped him in the interview.
Smart doesn’t mean qualifications
Having said that it’s a good idea to stay at school until you’ve finished Year 12, there are also things in life that can only be taught through experience. Look at this list of people – Richard Branson, Harry Truginoff, Frank Lowe, Lindsay Fox. What do you think they have in common? I don’t think any of them went to university and between them they are some of the wealthiest and most successful business people in the world! You only need to read something written by these dynamic people (Richard Branson is a perfect example) to realise life is not always as organised and planned as you would think. Although all of these men had an idea of where they wanted their lives to go they did not always know which path they should tread to make things happen. They learnt as they went along and if they didn’t have the answers they always had qualified people around them to give advice. Richard Branson is the ultimate ideas man. Apparently he doesn’t use a desk much instead walking, thinking and having someone with him to write down all his thoughts.
Blogging is a perfect example of learning to adapt to the circumstances around you. As an “mature” member of society blogging has been a huge learning curve for me but it has taught me many things. It has taught me to improve my communication and writing skills, made me more technically savvy and made me realise that if you offer good quality articles there is always an audience for you. Many bloggers have gone onto careers as speakers, book writers, even TV presenters. A good example of someone who used blogging to change their life is Serena Star Leonard. Her story inspired me to use a long held passion with financial advice to start this blog.
Follow your passion – keep working.
There is no reason why you can’t follow your passion and develop it into a business. In the meantime if you can’t make your living from something you love, so be it. Stick to the plan and keep working until the time you are able to support yourself through your passion (whatever that is). The only thing stopping you from changing your circumstances is yourself. Change your mindset to an achievers mindset and take little steps that will eventually add up to the achievement you have been aiming for. Something as simple as watching less TV can contribute to your aim. Every year people waste hundreds of hours per year watching TV so imagine if you spent all that time on self development. By spending all that spare time developing an idea or passion you could quickly develop it into a viable business opportunity.
The Beatles followed their passion. They worked hard, knew how to sell themselves and look what they achieved!
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