Imagine… everyone around you has advanced to levels above you in their careers, social status, and personal lives. You may feel jealous, discouraged, and maybe even deficient. In order for you just to catch up, you would need to complete your degree, work for years in an entry level role, and break poor habits you have today. Surprisingly, many would rather not put in the effort to change their lives.
“I am too old to go back to school…and I do not have the time”
“I do not have the money to go back to school…”
“It is too late for me to change my career now and I do not want to start allover again”
There are countless excuses out there for why people do not pursue a better life for themselves and their families. This is often easier said than done, but is important. Do not delay any further from pursuing your goals. If you want a new career and it requires additional education (i.e., college degree, training), then research information on the program, create a plan, and execute. This needs to happen quickly before you can talk yourself out of it.
At one point of my life, I knew I needed a graduate degree to keep moving up in my career in the corporate world. I researched various programs to see, which one fit me best. Since I was working full time, I knew I needed a program friendly to professionals. I also knew my company would pay up to $10,000 per year, so I wanted a program reasonably priced. Each of us will have different situations and we need to be cognizant of this.
Once I identified the program I felt was best, I drew up a plan, which included timing for each step required. I immediately purchased a GRE (Graduate Record Examination) study guide to help me with studying for the GRE. I booked an exam date for the GRE, sent my undergraduate transcripts to the University I was applying to, and asked for three letters of recommendation from an old professor and two colleagues. After getting the application process completed and being accepted, I selected my first courses. After two years, I had my graduate degree. If I thought I was too old or it was too late, I would not have finished this today and would still be thinking about it.
Work towards your goals by acting today without second guessing yourself. If you are looking to improve your situation, then you are on the right track. Do not be the people who generate unlimited excuses. Be the person who generates results by taking action.