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Learn Before You Earn: The Importance of Humility and Hard Work for Long-Term Success

Many 20-year-olds struggle financially because they prioritize earning money over learning new skills.

By Joshua GansonPublished about a year ago 4 min read

Many young adults in their twenties face financial struggles, which can be attributed to the prioritization of earning money over developing new skills. A recent survey of high school seniors showed that over half of them believed they would be millionaires by the age of 25. This expectation is unrealistic and often leads to disappointment and financial hardship. It is possible to take a chance and aim for a one in a thousand shot at becoming a millionaire in 90 days, but it is more practical to guarantee becoming a millionaire in a decade through consistent learning and hard work.

The importance of continuous learning and improvement cannot be overstated. Two men of the same age took different paths in life, with one seeking out an older mentor to learn the basics of video editing. After securing a job offer at a company with experienced mentors, he declined the offer and instead became the head honcho of video editing at a small business with no mentors. Unfortunately, this decision hindered his long-term net worth growth because he was no longer learning from experienced colleagues.

In contrast, another 17-year-old with no skills took the advice of his mentor and worked twice as hard as required in his sales role to compensate for his lack of experience. He spent time learning from the top salesperson in his company and eventually became the youngest person promoted to a top sales position. Even though he was young and inexperienced, he earned respect from his colleagues by working hard and learning everything he could.

Success in any field requires a willingness to put in the time and effort to learn and improve skills continuously. Kobe Bryant, the legendary basketball player, is a prime example of someone who was committed to learning and practicing basketball twice a day to become unbeatable after ten years of practice. The younger one is, the more they must earn respect, and the best way to do so is through hard work and learning.

It is crucial to be humble and acknowledge that the more you know, the more you realize you don't know. Socrates, one of the most intelligent and wisest people in history, said, "The more I know, the more I realize I know nothing." Young adults should heed this advice and focus on acquiring knowledge and skills, even if it means starting at the bottom and working their way up. The respect they earn will be well-deserved, and their hard work will pay off in the long run.

In today's competitive job market, skills are more important than ever before. However, many young adults prioritize making money quickly over learning new skills. This shortsighted approach can lead to a lack of career growth and financial instability in the long term. While it is possible to make quick money by taking a chance, it is not a reliable way to build a successful career.

Instead, it is essential to invest in yourself and your skills continuously. This requires a commitment to learning and a willingness to work hard. There are many ways to improve skills, such as taking courses, attending seminars, reading books, and seeking out mentors. The key is to be proactive and seek out opportunities to learn and grow.

It is also essential to have a long-term mindset. Building a successful career takes time and effort. It requires patience and persistence, even in the face of setbacks and failures. The key is to keep learning and improving, even when things get tough. By doing so, young adults can increase their chances of success and financial stability in the long term.

Another crucial factor in building a successful career is networking. Building relationships with people in the same industry can help young adults learn from experienced professionals, gain valuable insights into the industry, and find job opportunities. Networking can be done through various channels, such as LinkedIn, attending industry events, and joining professional organizations.

In conclusion, young adults who prioritize learning new skills and investing in themselves have a higher chance of success and financial stability in the long run. While it may be tempting to seek quick and easy routes to success, such as gambling or chasing get-rich-quick schemes, these paths often lead to disappointment and financial ruin. Instead, by focusing on consistent learning and hard work, young adults can build a solid foundation for their future success. They should seek out mentors and role models in their desired field, work hard to acquire new skills and knowledge, and be willing to start at the bottom and work their way up. By doing so, they can increase their chances of achieving their long-term goals and financial security.

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