Don’t Waste Your Life Working For Someone Else, Do This Instead…
It all started my senior year in high school, in 2009. Bad grades, rebellious kid that thought he knew everything there was to know about life. In fact, I skipped school to go skateboard and smoke weed on almost a daily basis. I thought life was GREAT back then! Little did I know, I had been screwing myself over all those years and wasting my life away. Instead I should have been thinking “I should start a business” but that wasn’t the case.
Long story short, I ended up barely graduating high school. But that’s not what this article is going to be about. I wanted to give a little bit of background on myself before I get into the details. So now I’m out of high school – no job, no plans for the future, and certainly no plans for college.
Then, something happened! My oldest brother, who was working in the IT industry in Maryland decided to move back to our home state with his family and start a business of his own. He started a successful IT consulting agency in Madison, Wisconsin and it was something of inspiration to me. I love my older brother, quite a bit. Him and I have always gotten along and we have always had the same interests. So we always had things to talk about.
Once he started a business and I saw how successful he had been, it got me really thinking about my life. At this point, you’re probably getting bored reading about my life. Don’t worry, I’ll be getting to the point of this story here shortly.
The Turning Point
In 2010, I decided I needed to do something with my life. Now, I’m a forward-thinking, creative type of person so I wasn’t going to just do “anything”. I wanted to do something where I could be creative, and still have fun. I decided to go to college and get a degree in graphic design. It was fun, so much fun that I would spend hours in Photoshop editing random images of cars, landscapes, and advertisements.
Upon getting my degree, I also became interested in designing websites. So I went back to school and ended up with a second degree in computer science. Now, the whole computer science field didn’t exactly interest me since I’m more of a creative guy rather than a logical problem solver. In addition, most computer science grads end up either in IT security, or back-end programming. The whole reason I went for computer science was because I wanted to get the core fundamentals of programming.
Now The True Turning Point
I was at this job for 1 year. I had a great salary, with benefits, and perks to make me happy. But I really wasn’t happy. I had seen my brother start a business from absolutely nothing and I wanted the same thing for myself. In reality, I had NO INTEREST in being a 9-5 sheep in the herd, or working for someone else’s dreams for the rest of my life. Instead, I wanted to create my own dreams.
Here’s What Happened
One thing I realized that I was good at while going to school and just growing up in general is that I’m great at persuading people to buy things. I’m also a phenomenal ui/ux and graphic designer as well. With all that said, I decided to start a business that was focused on digital advertising. I created Garrett Schultz Digital Marketing where I still to this day help business owners grow their business. I offer two focused services such as Facebook advertising, and lead generation. Most of my clients are real-estate agencies, car dealerships, dental offices, and chiropractic clinics. The main reason I chose to work with advertising on Facebook is simply because … it works! Consider this fact: 20 million people visit Walmart on a daily basis, whereas 250 million people visit Facebook each day, multiple times per day. There is no other online marketing channel that can deliver this kind of reach.
I’ve been able to take e-commerce stores that were struggling with advertising from $0/month to $25k+/month in a matter of 2-3 months. In addition, I have provided thousands of warm leads to various dental offices nationwide and have helped grow their businesses exponentially.
So Here’s What You Should Do…
Keep your current job, but while you’re working your current job, start thinking about what your good at. This is one of the first steps you really need to figure out. Then the next step is easy, all you have to do is … TAKE THE RISK and start a business. Literally, just do it. You won’t become financially free, or see exponential growth immediately, but at least you will be further than anyone else at your current job who also wants to be free from their job. It’s all about trial and error, the more you try and the more you fail, the more you learn, and the more you learn, the better your chances are at being successful.
I know this sounds unrealistic, but it’s really not. You have to be a self-starter, someone who takes risks and has big plans for the future. The only way to truly move forward is by taking action and doing something about your current situation. You have to realize that nobody will do it for you, and you certainly won’t get anywhere just moving from job to job either.
Take action and pave a path for yourself and your future. It’s not easy, and it takes a lot of time, but when you put in the work, it truly pays off long term. One of the biggest tips I can give you is: stop going out on the weekends. Spend that time structuring your business and save that money to grow your business little by little. Going out and spending money all the time won’t get you anywhere except stuck in the middle class, and loaded with debt.
Example Of What Not To Do
I see people making $18/hour working their ass off at factory jobs and they go out and spend their money on material things like they’ll finance a $40k truck and put a lift kit on it or something. But who is that really helping? It’s not helping them at all. It’s just putting them further into debt and further away from making what they wish they could make. This is just one example of many, but you get the idea. Spend the time it takes to start a business, and you WILL get to where you want to be in life.
Ending The Story
In order to truly get anywhere, you need to flip that switch in your head and do something to make a change. Take action today, blow your friends’ minds and start something you are passionate about and be successful at it. If you’re sitting there thinking to yourself and saying “I’m just wasting my life” or “I’m sick of my job” then DO. SOMETHING. ABOUT. IT. You’ll be happy you did.
Did you enjoy this article? I will be writing an article on how to start a money making blog in the future so you can start a blog and make a little bit of passive income in your spare time as well.