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The #1 Reason Most 20-Somethings Get Stuck

| July 21, 2014 | 5 Comments

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I can remember, just a few short years ago, when I would have done ANYTHING to get “unstuck”.

I had “played the game” just like I’d been told.

Went to school, picked a major that made sense, got good grades and followed the rules.

(I can see you nodding your head in agreement with me — we’ve all been there.)

But as college ended and the real world started to loom closer and closer, I had to admit…I was terrified.


Because I had absolutely no idea what I was doing…

See, I knew how to operate within the system that had been laid out for me — the traditional path of school >> more school >> career.

But there was a problem…

I didn’t want to take that route anymore.

I felt boxed in.

I felt like, if I took that path, I already knew exactly what my future would be like, down to 2.3 kids and a $56,000 salary.

(No offense to anyone with kids…but have you looked on your Facebook newsfeed? It’s scary how many people get married and/or have babies at the same time. It seems like some sort of a social programming.)

Check it: There were DOZENS of people in my life who I could lean on if I needed help taking the traditional route — guidance counselors, family, friends, etc. I mean, all these people had already traveled that route, right?

But there was literally NOBODY (and I really mean nobody) who I knew that could give me advice about venturing out on my own.

  • I wanted to start a business.
  • I wanted to make movies.
  • I wanted to go on trips.
  • I wanted to take time off “just because”
  • I wanted to have enough money to help my family if they needed it.

And nobody had ANY idea how to help me with these things.

Then, one day, everything changed…

A lightbulb went off (err…on?)

I realized that I needed a mentor.

Someone who could guide me, hold my hand and tell me exactly what to do and when to do it.

Somebody who could tell me if the “amazing” idea I had was really good — or a complete waste of my time.

A person who could cut years off my learning curve because they’d already been there, read all the book and done all the guesswork for me.

I knew if I just had that, I’d be able to RAPIDLY accelerate my progress and get where I was going MUCH faster.

In fact, I think the #1 reason most 20-somethings get stuck is because we don’t have good mentors.

We may have supportive friends and family — but when it comes to doing something “different” oftentimes, we’re all alone.

Imagine how different your life would be if you had just one person that you could call, with any question about starting a business, breaking out of the 9-5, becoming insanely productive, etc… and have that question answered immediately.

So now, I want to know: If you had a mentor to help you move your life forward and help you solve your problems QUICKLY, what advice would you get from them?

What would you be able to accomplish with the help of a trusted advisor that you can’t do on your own?

Leave a comment and let me know! :)


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  • Bryson Creighton

    Daniel, I ran across this article in my email today; and you’ve hit the nail on the head for me. I’ve been in this “stuck” phase for about a year and a half now and man is it frustrating. For the same reasons you mentioned above; doing something out of the norm is more common now than ever but the unfortunate part is the resources haven’t increased; or for that matter been created at all!

    Personally a mentors would do wonders for me; having mentors in the past for other things had helped tremendously but when it comes to working for yourself and creating your own life style all you see are ads and books with something to the effect of “How I became a millionaire”. These books, articles and ads or what have you are all written as a story; no one has provided the ropes per say.

    Having someone there to discuss startup issues, daily business practice,breaking away from the paycheck lifestyle, etc. Would be more than essential. These are things that aren’t obtainable from most business owners.

    So I pose you this question; are you looking to serve as a mentor or develop a mentoring program to keep people from getting stuck?

    I ask because let’s be real, we can discuss all day about what would be beneficial; but if there’s no solution than we’re back at square one. Right?

  • Jake P

    Awesome article! So very true and as a recent entrepreneur who just quit my job at a top consulting firm, I can completely empathize with those going through this!

  • Michael Amushelelo

    If you want to stand out of the crowd, you have to be yourself. Very few of us dare to be ourselves and as a results we all just want to blend in with the crowd doing the same thing everyone else is doing. When you stand in a crowd your shining light will be overshadowed by others, but when you stand on your own your light will be like a lighthouse guiding ships to safety. In the competitive world we live, my advice is that you be yourself, innovate, dream big and do not be afraid of failure, because the bridge to success is that thing called failure which we are all afraid to do.

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    Seriously what I’ve been having problems with lately, Everyone I know has gone the traditional route. Currently I’m starting side businesses in my spare time to gain business experience while getting my degree (the lifestyle it will afford me isn’t too bad). In the mean time I was looking for other options to get things going.

    The main issue I have is finding someone who has gone the entrepreneurial route, which is almost NO ONE I know. I want to have an epic lifestyle full of travel and such. It seems so far, but I know it’s possible. I just have to figure out how to get there.

    Finding a mentor is hard especially in this area.