When I was growing up my mom used to get called into my school a lot. I cut class, got detention, and would literally do anything BUT pay attention. She never got the praise that her child was doing good and to be completely honest I never even made the honor roll (I actually remember ripping “My son is on the honor roll” bumper stickers off of peoples cars).
I never did bad, just always “average” in the eyes of formal education. She always got, “your son is very nice, he gets along with everybody, but he’s always day-dreaming.” For some reason algebra never interested me…..shocker right?
I just never really cared, some might say that I was even a little lost. I got into and went to college because that’s what you’re “supposed to do” after high school. This was just what I needed to help me float through another milestone in life so I could feel like I was doing the right thing.
I’ve had two major mind shifts so far in life, epiphanies, if you will:
#1 Average is not Average if you multiply it by 5.
It was around my second semester of freshman year of college. Still unsure as to what I wanted to do with the “rest of my life,” I decided to double major (neither related to fitness) and took the maximum 18-20 credits/semester with no summer or winter breaks.
My “extracurricular activities” included:
Working a minimum of 20 hours a week
Played Rugby for the school
Re-founded a fraternity
Instead of being lost and never committing to something I actually loaded up my plate with a lot of different things and always had to be doing something productive.
By the time I graduated college I was already halfway through my 10,000 hours in the fitness industry and had a “formal” education in completely separate fields.
#2 Always Dream.
The truth is that I am a dreamer. And a harsh reality we’ll all encounter is that the world does not care about us, nor will it slow down so we can catch up. You can plan all you want but when your world gets off track you better be ready to think outside of the box.
If you are in college the BEST thing you can do is to get experience while you’re going through your education. You’re literally spending money on the off-chance that you’ll actually enjoy doing what you’re reading and writing reports about.
In your career:
Don’t spend one second working at a job that doesn’t allow you to dream. Whether it’s an overwhelming boss or a job that sucks the creativity right out of you, your ability to dream is what keeps you alive.