When you are young, you think there is nothing that you need to worry about. You cannot get hurt, you have all the money in the world, and you feel there is nothing that could ever go wrong. As you grow older, you start to realize that since you were so carefree when you were young, you screwed yourself over in a sense that reality and adulthood are sinking in. I know this firsthand because I was this exact person. I played outside doing dangerous things (like jumping off the roof of our shed onto our trampoline). I also spent every dollar I ever got because it would burn a hole in my pocket if I did not. It did not bother me at all that I was this way. Now that I am 24 and freshly graduated from college, I have an entirely new perspective. Especially when it comes to earning and saving money.
Here I am now saving money for an apartment so that I can live closer to my new job. Things did not just fall into place for me to be able to get to the position I am in today. As school started to end, I got hit by a brick wall (figuratively) that I had ZERO money to be able to afford anything in life because I was too busy spending it on food and makeup. I decided NOW was the time for me to stop throwing all of this money away and start saving so that I could afford to move to my dream city (Pittsburgh, PA). I got the motivation partly from not having money, but also from receiving my tax return earlier this year. Granted, it was no hefty tax return by no means, but it was enough to boost my savings up to a point that I could afford gas in my car to make it to class.
While all of this was going on, I was searching for a career to start after I graduated. Luckily, I stumbled upon a company that not only wanted to hire me but wanted me to start part-time before I even graduated! That was music to my ears and such a blessing because I needed the most money I could get. Now, I am not saying I was/am poor, I’m just saying I was incredibly careless with my money and I needed to save in order to be able to move for my new career. So, I started my new job a little under a month before graduation. I was only working one day a week due to my class schedule, but it felt so good to be in the office getting my feet wet and making some money before I even got my diploma. After a few weeks went by, I graduated and started working full-time. When I got my paycheck for my first full week of work, I almost cried because I was so happy I was making money and could put it towards this apartment.
I am now over two months into this job and I am doing so well. I am making the money I need in order to afford an apartment. I am moving in just over a month to a great city. And I have been given so many opportunities to not only earn money in my new job but to also learn many aspects of business as well. Just because you do not have all the funds in the world, does not mean that you should give up. Use it as your drive to become successful. And do it for yourself. See yourself grow, overcome obstacles, and learn from all your experiences. Stay motivated.