My lovely sister sent me this blog post over at The C Blog several weeks ago. She said it reminded her of me, which cracks me up because it’s so true. Here’s Charlie’s suggestions… head over to his blog to see his thoughts:
- Stop drinking, smoking, and using drugs.
- Get a job.
- Spend less than you earn.
- Eat healthy and exercise.
- Dispose, clean and organize.
- Dump your POS significant other.
My thoughts? For the most part, you can get it together, it just might not be easy or fun. But if you truly want to get your life together, stop complaining and go get it. Stop acting like a spoiled brat that is entitled to a good job or a nice life. As a 20-something, I have more freedom to choose my life than most generations before me. That does not mean that it’s owed to me.
1. Stop complaining.
You know what? Life isn’t fair. Nobody is going to just hand you a six-figure job and a fancy life. (Unless you inherit it, in which case, be grateful and be thankful every day because whoever built that empire for you probably had to stop complaining and go get that life for themselves so you could enjoy it.) You’re probably going to have to work hard and not have everything you want while you’re young, but it’s not the end of the world. Life goes on whether or not you have that Prada purse or that 2012 M5 Bimmer.
2. Hold yourself accountable.
Stop blaming the government, your boss, your paycheck, your friends, your significant other, etc, etc. If you are going to eat fast food every day and not work out, that’s your choice. Yes, sometimes the system creates the environment for obesity (i.e. poorer neighborhoods often have more fast food options and not enough healthy options), but I’m betting if you’re reading my site, you can probably do a little research into how to eat healthier or exercise for little to no money. It doesn’t take fancy gyms to exercise or Whole Foods to eat healthy. Take a walk. Consume less than you burn. It’s the same with money. Spend less than you earn. It’s not your boss’s fault that you were passed over for that promotion or you’re miserable in your job. If something’s not working for you, maybe it’s time to change.
3. Go get it.
If you’ve managed the first two, this one should be cake. You want to be debt free? Go get it. You want to lose 30 lbs? Go get it. You want to be the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company? Well, my guess is you’re pretty self-motivated in the first place if you’ve got that goal, so go get it. If you’ve managed to stop complaining and hold yourself accountable, I really think you can do pretty much anything you set your mind to.
And for a little bit of inspiration… one of my favorite quotes of all time:
“You want something? Go get it. Period.” – The Pursuit of Happyness