Updated: Apr 23, 2020
“What a man's mind can create, man's character can control." -Thomas Edison
Since graduating from college in 2015, it seems like more and more people each year fall into the trap of focusing too heavily on how much money they make and how quickly they can get promoted into their next role.
We live in a society that tells us if we sacrifice more of our free time to work harder than the person next to us, get faster promotions, make more money, live below our means, and invest the rest, we’ll eventually reach a point where we can fund ourselves and become financially independent.
This movement is not all bad, but it has trained our brains to consistently, and sometimes unwillingly, look ahead to the next big role and compare ourselves to others financially each and every day.
Don’t get me wrong, being recognized for career achievements, getting promotions, making more money, and achieving financial freedom is something everybody wants in life, myself included. However, the biggest thing I’ve learned in my career over the last 5 years is that we need to focus less on the money we bring in and more on the process of growing in our present roles.
Because when we stop looking at what's ahead and stare only into the eyes of the present, we allow ourselves to master the fundamentals that are crucial for success TODAY. We control the controllable. And by doing this, we start to build a foundation that will help to project our careers further and faster than we ever thought possible...all because we focused on what was right in front of us.
What I’m really trying to say here is that we are where we are for a reason. As hard as it can be at times, trust in the process, work your absolute hardest every day, soak up as much information as you can, become a master of the fundamentals, learn from your previous mistakes, surround yourself with the right people, and I promise the money will follow. The time is NOW.
Stay suave Gentlemen.