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Guest post

A self reflection from Elon Musk wannabe

May 9, 2018

Growing up, it felt like the most important achievement I could achieve at the time was to be a university graduate and, this way of thinking was reinforced by my parents.

I wholeheartedly believed that an engineering degree would make everything in life a lot easier for me. In the least, I had hoped that it would make people respect me and create that sensational feeling of “I’ve finally arrived”.

After graduating as an engineer (I really do enjoy engineering by the way), just like most millennials, I realised that I don’t really have the “grand plan” for the rest of my life. Life was set up for me to find a job, get married, have kids, get a mortgage, retire, and die.

Stuck on the hamster wheel

I had to give myself the biggest “congratulations you played yourself” when I finally realised that I don’t want the monotonous life that was sold to me above.

I’m not taking away from those who might be content with such a life but, it’s certainly not for me.

The best advice provided to me by my dad was to get a job, climb up the career ladder and save my money. Now that I have a full-time graduate 9-5 job, I guess that should be my focus, right?

Wrong!

How can I subscribe to this ideology when a lot of millennials are moving away from the traditional way of earning money to go into a more independent role such as freelancing or creating and running their own companies?

Granted, whether or not their company survives is a different matter entirely but, we can’t deny that the entrepreneurial mindset is in full effect in our generation!

As I write this post, I really don’t know what “the grand plan” for my life is, or what it looks like for that matter.

I guess this is why I enjoy spending time on this website.

To be honest, I’m glad that I’m able to contribute to this site as well as share in the collective frustration that’s plaguing some of us. At least now I know that I’m not alone in this.

Here’s the thing

I have the desire to do something useful for the rest of society. I think I will be quite satisfied with leaving a mark and a legacy that will deeply impact generations and solidify my name in history in a positive way. That’s not too much to ask, right? (haha)

Elon Musk

Credit: Elon Musk Instagram

In my opinion, the M.V.P right now is Elon Musk. Look him up. (I’m even ashamed that I have to say that). What can’t this guy do?

Just think about it.

He is basically the real-life Tony Stark without the hole in his chest (shout out to my Marvel Fans. #WakandaForever).

I wish I had the same vision, drive, energy, and self-belief as Elon Musk at the age he got started.

I don’t want to turn this into a history lesson but if you do some research on this guy, you will see how impressive he truly is.

Unfortunately, I’m not quite like Elon Musk. Not just yet.

My fears and insecurities have always left me questioning what I think I will be good at and holding me back on what I can do to improve other people’s life.

Even though I’m aware that there’s a fair amount of failure behind every success stories, I’m still afraid of failing and falling flat on my face.

I guess writing this guest post is my first attempt at my version of doing something different that’s outside of my comfort zone and, I must confess, writing down some of the thoughts that have been wrestling in my mind has been very therapeutic.

“Thought for thought”

I’m currently at a crossroad regarding my career:

I’m still questioning whether I should fully explore my career and rise to the highest level (company director) but then again, what if this prospect will not help me achieve my dream of being “useful to the rest of society”? Or what if I will be doing the job purely just for the money.

I often wonder if I should also jump on entrepreneurship bandwagon and open myself to the endless opportunities out there. But do I really want to quit my relatively stable and secure job for a life of hustling for a sustainable source of income while I try to come up with ideas that will revolutionise society? Also do I need to have a contingency plan in place if things don’t work out?

I just wanted to give a glimpse into some of the thoughts that are weighing heavy on my mind.

I see light at the end of the tunnel

Like my good friend Timi wrote in one of his posts:

It’s not about finding a singular life purpose to pursue for the rest of our lives or believing that we need to have life “figured out” by a certain age

I agree with this statement and as an addition, I believe our life purpose is to try and enjoy it to the full extent of our abilities whilst we redefine our goals, making sure that they align with our vision at every stage of our lives no matter what.

Action Plan

Although I don’t have any specific deadlines to accomplish some of the things listed below, I figured I can be more accountable if I shared my action plan with you guys:

  1. Continue with my 9-5 engineering job. It allows me to continue working and learning from other passionate individuals. It’s also a decent safety net.
  2. Create a side hustle that generates extra income.
  3. Develop my writing skills by becoming a regular contributor on “strength with substance”.
  4. Find a mentor to learn from and, also hone my networking skills.
  5. Have an investment portfolio.
  6. Take my personal development more seriously.

I hope you enjoyed reading my introduction as much as I have enjoyed writing it.

Stay woke and let’s build something great!

Abi would like some feedback on his first blog. What do you think for a first attempt? Trash or nah? (Go easy on him)

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Abiodun Osho

Contributor/writer at Strengthwithsubstance.com