I pity those who are in college, but feel the need to celebrate every little victory or “come up” that life brings to them. I’m not trying to sound condescending, but it’s unnecessary to flash money after every paycheck, or share every ‘A’ you get on a test or paper. I get it, they must be excited about difficult labor they put in finally coming to fruition, but when they rejoice for long periods of time, they sell themselves short. Don’t get me wrong, if it is a term paper or project that has taken months of work, be proud and flaunt it. It’s just when someone gets an A on a 20 question quiz, I think they should feel that it is “business as usual”. The standard should always be nothing short of perfection, excellence should be expected. Too many people don’t understand the concept of big-picture thinking; they should work towards A’s in classes, not mini quizzes. This also applies to the working life, because far too many times I see my peers sacrificing valuable time, to grasp knowledge from school or the world, to working at minimum wage jobs. Look at it this way, what sounds better to you: $2,000 a month and a 2.8 GPA NOW, or $95,000 when you’re 26 because you spent all that time studying and building relationships with people who have supported your career path. But if someone can pull a 4.0 and have a part time job, more power to them. By no means am i saying that nobody should get a job because we all need money to go out with friends, go on a date, or just pay for gas, but so many of us fail to understand that we get school for free (financial aid) and that we don’t necessarily need a Michael Kors watch right now. Young adults feel the need to exert their wealth, and power now; but they don’t understand that they really aren’t even “ballin” because we still live with our parents, Lol. Trust, I’d be more impress with a girl who had a Marc Jacobs or a Gucci watch at a later stage in her life, and carried her own weight with the rent.
I don’t want to come off as a wholesome saint because I do enjoy having nice brands and shit, but I also don’t get caught up in it like some people. Maybe it’s because I haven’t seen that type of money yet, but if there’s something I learned as a result of not having money, it’s that siphoning the little money i have is important. I don’t think I’d be able to be reckless with money until I start hitting 5 or 6 figures on my paycheck! (I’d be lucky to see that money) and I know I don’t use my time wisely all the time, and my GPA isn’t even high, but I can tell you that I am always learning.
If there’s one thing I want readers to understand, it’s that you should never be too eager, because that can cause complacency and failure. Remember “An eager beaver can be the collapse of a dam.”