Just Make Yourself Useful

Young people base their ambitions on the world they see around them—a very small sample of the total options. When it comes to careers, that means picking something they’ve seen their parents or relatives do, something they’ve seen their teachers do, something popular, or something they’ve seen on the internet.

Because most young people are growing up sheltered from the market and they don’t know much about actual opportunities that exist, they think they have to be a teacher, doctor, accountant, actor, author, tech tycoon, “digital marketer”, or motivational speaker.

What they don’t know is that they don’t have to choose a career based on the very limited information they currently have to do.

As a young person, starting your career, you don’t need to choose a path for the rest of your life. You don’t need to choose a vocation based on the list a guidance counselor gave you. You certainly don’t need to find mentors to show you the 67 secrets to success. All you need to do is find a way to be useful to someone else. Find someone who is willing to pay you for something, do it well, and watch the opportunities open up.

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