What’s Stopping YOU?

What's Stopping YOU?

Making change in your life can be difficult, especially when we get stuck in a routine and find ourselves in a vicious circle so What’s Stopping YOU?

As we grow older, we often get very fixed ideas in our heads about risk and moving outside of our comfort zone.  It’s almost as if we’re conditioned [brain-washed almost] to think certain things at certain points in our lives.  Those voices in our head that tell us: –

  • I’m too old now
  • It’s just a few years off retirement, why bother?
  • I can’t learn new skills
  • I’m not clever enough
  • Social media is for the young ones
  • I’m not technical
  • I’ve only ever worked a 9 to 5

Fear of the unknown is something we’re conditioned to feel and the ‘better the devil you know’ attitude often wins over any risks we might consider taking.  This leads to the dreaded ‘comfort zone’ where nothing ever grows except maybe resentment and regret.

When I was at school, we had a Careers’ Service but I can’t ever remember it being that helpful.  There was certainly no talk of being entrepreneurial or thinking outside of the box.  You were expected to go ‘into the 9 to 5 system’ and there was never any discussion of any other possible alternative.  The deal we are sold is that you have to trade time for money.

To this day, there are thousands of people going through university and getting into massive debt only to obtain a degree that’s not even worth the paper it’s written on.  Has this happened to you or do you see this happening to your children?  The A Level results have just been released in the UK and it spells the beginning of the mad rush to get into university and ‘do a course’.

People with degrees are working for minimum wage whilst entrepreneurs who’ve had very little formal education are crushing it in the digital economy.  Makes you think doesn’t it?

I know, because I was one of those people with a top degree who ended up working for LESS than minimum wage when I left formal education.  Back in the mid nineties, my annual salary worked out at £7500.00 [UK Sterling] or just under $10,000.00 [USD].  It was an insult, a pittance and certainly not a wage that I could live off let alone achieve any kind of lifestyle from.  But, I still took the work because I was idealistic and believed that it was for the greater good of my career.  I was wrong.  I was worked like a dog:  chewed up and spat out.

If I had my time again and had the benefit of hindsight, I can confidently say that I don’t believe I would have bothered to go to university to study Law.  I certainly don’t view it as time wasted [as there is no point] but I do wish that somebody had opened my eyes to the burgeoning opportunities out there today.  I wish we had been spoken to by entrepreneurs whilst still at school as opposed to ‘careers service ‘people who were paid to churn out the same old rubbish year after year without really thinking what it all meant longer term

I was blinkered in my approach and for someone who is classified as having a high IQ I was as dumb as hell, I don’t mind admitting it.  I’ve always said there is a difference between being clever and having intelligence.  When it came to making money and a career I used my cleverness to get the degree but when it came to applying intelligence to the practical situation, I was stupid.

For the longest time, I thought things would change and that something would ‘come up’.  I’ve experienced employers dangling a carrot in front of my nose whilst I worked for them for virtually nothing because I believed that it may lead to the career I thought I wanted in the legal profession.

I was waiting for SOMEBODY ELSE to make a decision about MY life.

I was building SOMEONE ELSE’S life and empire whilst my own life stayed on the ‘pause’ button.

I was being like the 97% of the population who do exactly that every working day of their lives.

Until I changed.

So, the moral of my story is open your eyes and look further than your next pay packet.  Build your own dream, manifest it and then let it reap the rewards for you and those that you love.

I wish you every success for your digital future!

Rachel A Hill LLB [Hons]

Digital Entrepreneur, Lawyer, Private Tutor and Author

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