noun. a person reaching young adulthood in the early 21st century
plural noun: millennials
If anything, 2017 is a blaring wake-up call for me.
I have been working for eight hours a day, five days a week for the past nine years and I am not complaining about it. Life has been tough – yes – but I have been learning so much since I dropped out of school nine years ago. I remember not knowing how to turn on and off a PC back then and here I am fixing complicated computer bugs and crashes for people I barely know. Life is trippy, you see. And, we all like it that way. But, one thing caught me off-guard it left me sleepless in the past month. I am hitting the big 3-0 mark this year and I don’t think I am ready for it. The dwindling savings account under my name agrees with me, too. Worse, I still don’t have a house I can call my own or a car I can cruise in top down. Don’t get me wrong. I am not materialistic or anything. It is just that I believe these things are visible manifestations of how well did I do as a person, how wise were the judgments I made, how committed was I in making my life better and how much control did I have over my life in general.
Being in the thirties is a great deal for me. Believe me – it is. It is the golden decade of ages, if I may say it. It is when being boring is finally exciting – if you catch my drift. You are old enough to do that coat-and-tie thing without appearing phony — but not too old to be cast aside in one corner with a creepy hat on babbling about how petty “kids nowadays” for being this and being that. I mean, I just know being thirty is going to be amazing – only if I can find some ways to get the moolah coming in and enjoy the martinis.
I am a millennial and I am actually proud of it despite the stigma that comes with the label. Millennials are narcissistic and egotistic brats who just can’t love themselves enough – so they say. Perhaps, it’s true and it may be too true for our own good. But, who can blame us? It’s a good time to be alive, isn’t it? The world is smaller than it was – thanks to the internet. Opportunities abound. Education is readily accessible to anybody who desires it. And, apparently, anybody can have his own fifteen minutes of fame if he wills it so – God bless Warhol’s soul! However, despite the apparent greatness of the time, there is this seeming deterioration of the generation in terms of… basically everything. Our social interactions are nothing more than a few taps on the glass panels of our mobile phones. Despite the amazing quality of education available, we now rely so much on Google and Wikipedia. Facebook posts and likes are our new paradigm for personal identity and development. It is just as they say it: ours is an age of smart phones and stupid people. But, that is just the label, isn’t it? Perhaps, it is high time we beat the stereotype.
Alright. It is time to work. I have my 9-5 job and I am much grateful for it but the plan is actually to generate some passive income and live financially independent – at least, that is the plan. The question now is: How? Honestly, I don’t know. But, it is going to be my journey this year and I intend on pushing through this journey to the end.
I have some friends who have had it well in the business world and I am blessed to have them as my mentors. I have gathered a few books to read and learn from. I have these books from popular motivation speakers, salesmen, entrepreneurs and social influencers. I invite you to read some of these, too, and start your journey along mine. I have PDF copies for some of the books uploaded below for your consumption.
Download Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich here for free: napoleon-hill-think-and-grow-rich.
Download Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People here for free: dale-carnegie-how-to-win-friends-and-influence-people.
Download Guy Kawasaki’s The Art of the Start here for free: guy-kawasaki-the-art-of-the-start.
I have been following a few famous personalities on YouTube as well. I follow Grant Cardone and his aggressive style of salesmanship. I follow Tai Lopez, too, and his sleek cars and cadre of gorgeous ladies. I love listening to Simon Sinek and Seth Godin on TED. Locally, I enjoy Bo Sanchez’s webinars and I plan to join Truly Rich Club soon as part of my journey.
I have been trying to acquire new skills to master, too. In the past few months, I have been learning graphic design. I have been drafting logos for local brands and some party posters using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. And, I have taken up a hobby while I have been at it. I bought a DSLR camera last December and I have been learning the ropes in photography. I know it is going to be a long way ahead but, in one way or another, I will get there.
This year is going to be great. I honestly don’t know what is going to happen. This is going to be an expedition to uncharted lands and I am scared too. It may not be all about rainbows and butterflies out there but I am inviting you to be with me in this journey. I can’t promise you definite success but I can assure you an honest and sincere narration of the trip. I will try to do an objective telling but I don’t guarantee it. After all, I find it hard to tell when I don’t think of it and feel it firsthand.
This year, I am going to talk about money and it’s glamorous and gory details. I will talk about entrepreneurship, traveling, food and people – millennials in particular. I ask that you have the patience to bear with me and all my rants and self-centered opinions – millennial as I am. I just hope you will find it worthwhile to have a cup with me.
It is going to be a beautiful life.