Conversations With My Parents (My Biggest Motivators)


Your parents want the best for you (even though you don't think of it that way sometimes). They may tell you to get a steady job with medical benefits and setting yourself up for a 401k. Yes, times have changed and it's more of an entrepreneurial, business-minded, control your destiny type of world. It's more of a carefree world where people take risks and go out on a limb and go after what they truly want in life. Sometimes it works out for them, sometimes it doesn't.

Parents want you to have a safety net, but sometimes you end up having to leave that safety net and going after what you're passionate about and truly love. It's not easy to do it and that's why I try to keep my life in perspective. The job market is tough and it's not even your resume that does the talking, it's who you know who can put you in a position to get you a job that'll allow you to survive.

Look, the reality is, no one wants to just, "survive" and live check to check but the realities of this world show it that way. So at my age, I understand why my parents tell me to have a steady job where I can take care of rent, cell phone, school loans and all of the other stuff that entails being a responsible adult. But...now they know that I have a passion and something that I'm pretty good at...writing.

While I do have a full-time job working 35 hours a week, Monday-Thursday, having 3 days weekends gives me that extra day to do whatever work I need to get done, or to do errands or even to just rest my body. But I always have conversations with my parents about what I'm working on, goals, mental focus and ideas that I may have.

Your parents will most likely be your biggest fans out of all of the people you'll encounter on your journey to greatness. While they didn't teach me to be an entrepreneur or to control my destiny at all times, I learned that along the way in my 20s into my 30s. I've accepted that Corporate America is not for me and it will never be. I never envisioned myself doing a desk job deep into my 60s to retire and potentially die within the next 10-12 years of mental exhaustion from working all of my life to survive and exist.

Which brings me to my next point of me not rushing life. Always do what works for you and what you're passionate about. I'm definitely a lucky son of a gun, I'm 35 years old with no kids, not in a relationship and I have the luxury of being able to follow my passions in life. While my mom would love for me to meet a woman, settle down, get married and give her a grandchild, that's the farthest from my mind right now.

This is why it's imperative to have conversations with your parents about life, your goals and how you're going to impact the world. Building that bond and relationship with your parents will be the key to your success. If you're close to at least one of them, the journey will be easier no matter how tough times get.

Be good and go accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

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