Entry level people

have you studied 8-12 times over a 4 year period? congrats! you’ve been awarded a college diploma. this may be redeemable for an entry level job with entry level compensation.

if you’re willing to swallow some pride, those first job(s) after college answer questions about organizations and work itself. stuff like: what happens if you arrive late? don’t finish an assignment? say the wrong thing behind the wrong person’s back?

with some luck and elbow grease, your entry level job will eventually be replaced with a better job, better pay. and this cycle repeats until you no longer care, no longer adapt, or you shoot up your workplace.

first you eat sh*t, then you eat steak.

life is long

on several occasions i’ve been told “Ryan, you’ve lived so many lives.”

what they really mean is i have different skills. each skill took 1-10 years to learn, based on my interests and intensity and inclinations at birth. some of these skills i learned in tandem. by the time i was 30 i accumulated enough of them to live the life i want.

while grateful, i’m a bit concerned about the current generation of twentysomethings who don’t understand this natural progression of things. they want it all, and they want it now. dish cleaning jobs and customer service gigs are below them.

they complain that old people (“boomers”) occupy most of the fun jobs. and they’re right! you cannot beat someone at a race they started running before you were born.


skills compound

there is one way to be successful without being old. it’s to learn skills, quickly and often, then mash them up.

a lot of dudes are better than me at guitar. but they don’t know how to sing, so nobody cares. or they can sing, but they don’t know how to write lyrics. or they can write lyrics, but their melodies are predictable and boring. that’s at least 5 different skills required to be a decent musician.

same goes for people who know how to code, but don’t understand product. or being charming at the bar, but helpless at developing relationships.

to get to the finish line without being an Old White Guy, you have to figure these things out as a young person. then people will say you’ve lived several lives by your 30th birthday.

knowing our place

it’s also a good idea to put yourself in humbling situations, lest you forget how to use that muscle called “beginner’s mindset.”

i’m always in between something impossible and something comfortable. for instance this week i began restoring an air hockey table while also doing something i’m good at – manual labor.

so go ahead – take that customer service job. you’ll probably learn a (profitable) thing or two.