What does it mean to be an Adult? How do we become a productive and successful member of society?
Is it a tax bracket? A certain accessory? Do we just one day wake up and know that we are “Grown Ups”?
If we believe what is portrayed on TV (pick any reality TV show), as to what an adult looks like, many of us just aren’t cutting it.
When did actual talent, intelligence and ability become so underrated? When did those attributes become replaced by outrageous behavior and impossible busts? Is there any hope for those of us left with some iota of self-respect and pride?
But don’t lose hope here are some tips that might help along the way to becoming….an ADULT!
1. Become Financially Literate: Which means learning the in and out’s of money and how to make it WORK for YOU! (not the other way around) Getting the right information on budgeting, investments, saving and financial planning can save you a lot stress in the future and will put you in the place where you can be a little picky about; the jobs you take, travelling, housing etc.
2. Invest in Career Development: So maybe your working as a security guard or as a receptionist or dog walker to pay the bills but you have dreams of writing, cooking or fashion? Once you have a reasonable financial plan for yourself in place now is the time to find what you are truly passionate about and start making strides towards your goals. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you should immediately register in Grad/Technical school, I am all for going to school, but in reality deciding to go back to school takes a lot of consideration and you will definitely have to do a Pro-Con and a cost analysis list on that one, with exorbitant student loan rates and high tuition costs school may just not be a realistic option. So instead, look for opportunities to Intern. While most internships offer little to no pay, the skills and connections you will gain will be priceless as you go forward in your career and that is why this step is called an Investment, a little sacrifice now for a BIG pay-off later!
3. Be Social: No that doesn’t mean going out and getting wasted every chance you get, it means going out and connecting with people. The best advice I ever received during my long stint unemployed and dreaming of doing something more with my life, was to “Tell people what was going on with you and about all the plans you are making.” So that is exactly what I started doing on the occasions when I went to office parties/events/meet-ups, when people asked me “What are you up to?” I just told them, the truth, that I was out of work and looking for an entry-level position that will still allow me time to pursue my own personal projects. People instantly began connecting with me and would me gave advice, recommendations for where I could look for work, CONTACTS (we are talking names, numbers and email addresses!), and also encouragement and ideas for my personal projects like this blog! It doesn’t hurt much (other than a sharp sting to your pride the first few times!) AND think of it as FREE ADVERTISING! Oh Yeah!
It is time we stop struggling and Start Living!