Become the Teen Your Boss Wants to Hire

Through a lot of reading and talking with people, I've found that there are quite a few things you can do early on as a teen that can propel you really far! 

One of those things is becoming someone that your desired boss would have a hard time not hiring you. For the most part, actual work experience isn't something you can have under your belt, so you will have to compensate elsewhere. 

I've found that if you put yourself in your boss's shoes, you can get a pretty good idea of the kind of person they would want to hire. No matter what the field of work, genuine interest plays a massive part in choosing someone to hire. Showing that you're interested in the work and proving that you are someone who will learn on your own is massive; just by doing that, you set yourself apart from most of your peers. The problem is how to show that you are the kind of guy that does go above and beyond the call of duty? 

Having a blog or Instagram page is an excellent way of doing this. I really like Instagram because it's free to post, and you can get a really nice visual overview of the posts when you visit someone's page. A blog is really nice for longer story formats, where you have the freedom of showcasing your project better. Doing this also gives you the ability to improve your writing skills and pick up the terminology for the industry you want to work in. 

Key takeaways:

1) There are so many small things you can do as a teen that can massively increase your chances of getting hired

2) Put yourself in your desired boss's shoes and ask yourself what kind of person you would hire

3) Showing interest and willingness to spend your free time learning more about it sets you aside from your peers

4) Starting a blog or Instagram is an amazing way to showcase what you've done and get the message across that you are a guy who enjoys working in that industry. 

Strive vs Survive

I've found that I feel two major things, and they define how I show up for those around me. Those two things are striving and surviving.

If you're sick, down, or depressed, you tend to have a self-centered outlook on life, and I see this as the survival mode. I find that if things don't pan out the way I expected at work and I'm absolutely exhausted when I get back, I don't feel like assisting those around me. I don't look for opportunities to serve and give. This leads to inaction in my own projects and a blah feeling, which causes me to sit on the couch for hours watching videos.

Compared to the strive mode, where you are going places, you make and set goals, you push for bigger and better things, and you're excited to see the challenges you might face. Being in the strive mode, you are the most giving and want to build people up; you want to do something great! You're ready for anything and want to take on new projects and fight big battles!

Getting out of the survive and into the strive mode has been something I've been trying to figure out for some time, and I think part of the reason is how much you do day today. If you're constantly pushing and rarely take a breather, it drains you and puts you in a state of trying to survive the day. Brendon Burchard uses the method of leaving your feelings and emotions when you transition to a different work or situation setting. He does light meditation, releases all the pent up emotions from those things he just finished and came into the new situation with a clear mind and ready for anything that might come!

Motivation & Mindsets - Consistency Over the Long Term

Something I read and hear from many great leaders is consistency. Doing something regularly day after day!

The major problem with doing something consistently is sustainability. Is what you're doing something you can continue doing weeks, months, or even years down the line? Weathering through the times when you really don't want to do it, and yet continuing. I've found two major camps in accomplishing any goal: motivation, and the other is a mindset change.

Motivation can be found in anyone; everyone gets motivated by something; if not, we wouldn't get out of bed in the morning, we wouldn't have a will or reason to live and go brain dead or otherwise. Motivation is something that can take someone's potential and actualize it. It's getting someone almost 300lbs to eat healthily and lose nearly 100lbs in a relatively short time period. It's the drive for going after something. However, it doesn't last; motivation fades as things start to slow down or get into a rhythm and we become desensitized to what we've accomplished, and without a clear vision for the end goal, there is a lapse into old behavior. I always thought that motivation, once had, would keep you going forever, it would take you leaps and bounds, and that's what would generate more motivation and energy. This is true to a certain extent, but after a while, it becomes commonplace, or we lose interest in the goal.

Having that thought of "I'm going to lose motivation sometime down the line" in the back of your head as you're going into a new project or idea sets you up for success. You can then ask yourself, "alright, I'm going to lose motivation for this, what will I do when I don't feel like it anymore," and that's something that I've found you need to answer before going for a goal, if not you will fall off the path. If you set in place small changes that you know you can consistently do over the long term, you will go much farther, even though you feel like you could move mountains initially, and doing small things doesn't make any sense.

Motivation is something that gets you started; mindset is what keeps you going.

Key takeaways:
1) Everyone is motivated by something; if not, they wouldn't have a reason to get out of bed in the morning.
2) Motivation is a huge power, but it's not sustainable; there must be a mindset change for lasting impact.
3) Sustainability is more important than doing something big at the moment.
4) Making small changes, in the beginning, feels counter-intuitive, but can keep you going over the long term

The Most Rebellious Thing You Can Do As a Teen

I am extremely grateful for my family. I've grown much closer to my parents and siblings this year and have much deeper connections with each of them!

I'd say one of the biggest mindset changes I've had this year was asking and taking the advice of parents and mentors. In the past, I would want to figure everything out on my own, and I still struggle with this, but I've come to realize that there really isn't anything new, and most of what I am going through has already been figured out or gone through by others. So why not just take their advice, and save me the headache? This has been a question I've asked myself a lot when I go down the path of trying to do things all on my own. I think the answer is pride. I want to be the guy who figured it all out; I don't want to take assistance as it could be seen as weak.

But on the other hand, I absolutely don't want to be the guy that goes along with the crowd. Coming to find out that many people try to figure things out on their own is the "popular" thing to do, turned me away from wanting to do that. So started my journey of asking, researching, and testing solutions to problems I was having, and going about it in a non-conventional way. Asking my parents for advice and heeding it is about the most rebellious thing I can do!

All my life, I wanted to be extraordinary, different. Starting in my teens to work toward setting myself up for the future has been one of the most "different" ways I can be. I don't want to take the heavily trodden path; I want to take the path that few have gone. I want to take advice from people and not disregard it.

Key take away:
1) There are so much value and wisdom from those more experienced than me, and just asking can save you many headaches
2) People want to help you
3) Taking advice from older, wiser people is about the most rebellious thing you can do as a teen.

2020 - Best Year of My Life!

I can say without a doubt that 2020 has been the absolute best year of my life! I've learned so much, and my motivation to really kick off my career and personal well being to new levels!

One of the biggest changes this year was my weight-loss! I am very thankful that I was able to find and follow the weight-loss plan that I did. It was significantly easier than I expected, and I lost nearly 100 pounds in 7 months! I'm not quite at my goal weight, but I will be pushing for that before the year concludes.

Another big area in my life. I am very grateful for is my work. During the midst of Covid, my boss decided to hire me on and had to jump through some legal hoops to do so. I've been very blessed to have him as my boss/mentor, and he's taken me under his wing in many ways, teaching and challenging me with many projects I wouldn't see for years at other shops!

I've made the most life changes this year and had so many opportunities to serve, love, and grow. I would almost say more than all my previous years combined! Though many have struggled during this time with work and uncertain futures, I was able to rise above the feeling of "it doesn't matter, it's Covid, I can give myself some leeway" and taking advantage of the opportunities given. I'm not saying this to boast, but to encourage those struggling with the feeling of, I can wait, to say no. Now is the most important time for everything; your life is defined by your now. Sitting on your phone for just one more hour is not going to be good for your long term health and happiness!