For someone who's never read a book that encourages people to take ownership of their life, develop themselves, and maybe even build their own business, this book might be eye-opening. However, I've read a lot of literature on this topic in the last 7 years or so. Some of my favorite authors that write about these things are Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, James Altucher, Ramit Sethi, Chase Jarvis, Jocko Willink, Gary Vaynerchuk, Steve Pavlina, and many more.
I took these notes about a year ago. They may look like gibberish to some of you, but they mean so much to me. Almost exactly a year ago on…
When I was applying to jobs as a college senior, I didn’t know what areas of business would fit me best. So I would’ve really benefited from a rotational program. But after sending my applications to many of them, all I received were rejection letters.
“Get paid to learn.” I heard that in an interview with Mark Cuban when I was a senior in college. I’ll paraphrase what he said: “All your life so far, you’ve been paying to learn; now it’s time to get paid to learn.” That resonated with me, and this is how I approached my job search ever since.
When I used to tell people about my dream of studying in the U.S., most people thought I was crazy. How does a kid from Moldova get into college in the States? Mind you, I had no rich parents who could hand me the money to study. So if I wanted to study there, I had to have a full ride.
I always thought I’d go to grad school right after college. I did my research, talked with different people, and asked for advice. I quickly realized that I needed to be a citizen of the U.S. to apply for graduate fellowships that I was interested in (which I wasn’t at the time). That’s when I made the decision to work full-time, and apply to grad school once I become a citizen. Turns out, that was one of the best decisions of my life.
When my college professors talked about going back to graduate school, they used to say it would be hard because you will have experienced what it’s like to have a paycheck and you won’t want to give that up. I didn’t think that would be a problem for me; I don’t need much, honestly.
Having majored in Finance and Economics, I wanted to avoid the career path that was expected of me (i.e., get a job in finance and move up the corporate ladder). Instead, I decided to explore the startup scene as soon as I graduated college. I thought it would be a great learning experience for me.
It has always been a dream of mine to live in the United States. And by “dream,” I mean it was something I never thought would come true. Pretty pessimistic, right? But my pessimism was grounded in reality: it was nearly impossible to (legally) leave my home country and immigrate to the U.S. There are many reasons for that, and I won’t go into the specifics here. But what’s important is I knew the life I wanted to have was very difficult to achieve by living in my home country.