An open letter to frustrated 20-somethings…

So I’ll be 25 this Saturday.

I’ve gone through a huge evolution in thought regarding careers, passions, the concept of “work” and life direction in the past 10 years.

My first job at the YMCA (at 15), I figured out within 2 weeks that I was great at “pitching” myself during the interview — and I’m a likeable guy…but the work was boring and tedious…and it showed. It’s hard to keep high enthusiasm during summer camp, trust me.

I thought it was the job that sucked.

So I moved through a series of other jobs hoping that I’d find one I liked: museums, retail, grocery stores, restaurants…a ton of things. Each one had some element I liked — but within weeks I always felt like I was literally an indentured servant working for pennies with no end in sight. The worst part about this was when I’d see people who had been in these jobs for 30 years and were in a state of zombie-like compliant quasi-misery.

Like moaning dogs laying on nails who are too lazy to move.

I remember during my training at Publix (grocery store), one of the assistant managers pointed to his boss endearingly and said “Greg hasn’t missed a day or called in sick in 27 years.” As if this was some good thing, a point to be proud of.

I just remember thinking to myself “What the fuck is wrong with these people?”

I quit that job faster than Kim K quits a marriage.

Eventually I came to the realization that I could job hop my whole life, I could go to college and get a degree and hop around with that on higher paying jobs — but in the end, the problem wasn’t with the employers…it was with me.

I had the problem. It wasn’t about getting a better PAYING job. It was about having a job period.

I was having a major case of cognitive dissonance between what I wanted my life to be and the options I saw available.  Part of this was coming because at a very deep level, I was afraid to admit what I really wanted. I was afraid I’d be called lazy, impractical, idiotic, etc. I didn’t want to be ridiculed.

I’m not afraid anymore.

You know what I want? I don’t want to work. Like…not ever.

I don’t want to be responsible for showing up anywhere, simply because if I don’t show up, I won’t be able to feed myself/my family (in the future).

I don’t want to be told I can’t do something, that I “don’t have any ‘sick days’ left”, that I won’t be getting a raise or I’m being laid off.  I don’t want to worry that I’m late or not meeting someone else’s standards, and as a result, might not be able to keep supporting myself. I don’t want to be forced to stay in a specific location and never get away because I have to clock in somewhere.

You know what I hate?

When people ask me “what do you do?”

What do I do? I don’t DO anything. I AM somebody. I can do so much. I’m not narrowly defined by skills I use to make money.

What you do to make money is completely separate from what you do with your time. Ironically, many people spend all that time getting more money.

Am I the only one who sees the sick paradox here?

If it were up to me, you know what I’d do?

I’d spend my life traveling, learning languages, practicing martial arts, reading, programming, eating good food and (eventually) raising smart, open-eyed children. All the other shit can suck it.

I mean, can we just be honest here. It’s just you, me and this letter. If it was up to you, you wouldn’t go to work tomorrow, would you? Even if you “like” your job, wouldn’t you much rather be doing exactly what you want to do at the pace you want to do it?

And not because you’re lazy and don’t like putting effort into your pursuits — it’s because you’d rather put your full energy into the things that really ignite you. Whatever those things are.

Now, 95% of people will say “But Daniel, you have to do SOMETHING for ‘work’. You can’t just be a bum. You need to get a job or something and then do stuff on your free time.”

This is incorrect thinking based on the overwhelming cultural paradigm that says work should be placed squarely at the center of your life, with any fun/recreation coming as an afterthought.

It’s the deferred life plan, where you save, save, save for 50 years, contribute to your 401k and when you’re 60 (that’s early retirement actually…), you hope to be able to finally stop working and live the last 20ish years of your life in frugal quietude, clinging to a slipping middle class existence as inflation goes up and your savings decreases.

At least now you have time to finally do everything you wanted to do…right?

Sounds bittersweet to me.

I propose another way.

We’ve seen what happens when work is your central focus. Working for work’s sake, spending all your time making more money or obsessing about money instead of doing the things you really want to do because you’re ashamed to actually admit what those things are for fear of being labeled different. God forbid you don’t have “work ethic”.

What if you were to make your life and the pursuits that interested you – traveling, learning, physical activities, art, whatever- the center(s) of your life and fit work in like a planet in orbit, designed to support your life and pursuits without completely taking over?

What if your presence wasn’t actually required to generate the resources that support you, and you were left to roam the earth freely?

What would you REALLY do with your life?

Have you ever considered that in a completely digitized society this is a very real possibility?

This isn’t a popular way of thinking, and if you don’t have any friends or role models living like this, it’s hard to imagine that this is even possible.

But as I’ve met more and more incredible people through my blog — people who are living that “fictional” life — I realize that it’s not only very possible, but that there’s a formula to creating these circumstances. It’s not luck, and it’s not voodoo or “positive affirmation”.

In the past 12 months I’ve gotten increasingly closer to this reality.

Are you one of the few who believes a better way is possible, not just for people in books or in the news, but for YOU?

Leave me a comment below and let me know.

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Daniel DiPiazza
@Rich20Something

Daniel is the founder and CEO of Rich20Something.

A millennial business mastermind, he has successfully started three consecutive freelance businesses and scaled them to over $100K in revenue with zero startup capital. His work is regularly featured in Time Magazine, Fortune, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Fox News, and Yahoo! Business.

His debut book, Rich20Something, publishes on May 2, 2017.

  • seanmalarkey

    Love it Daniel! This topic is exactly my life (the good part). Yes there is hard work and struggle to achieve the lifestyle you mention but I am living proof it’s possible!
    And the exact reason I am publishing a book documenting those who have achieved it and the mindset & paths neccesary to get there.
    Keep up the good work brother!

    • Rich20Something

      @seanmalarkey Thanks for reading, Sean! As soon as I found out where you live part time…I said “that’s it…I’m figuring this thing out.” You, and others who I’ve met on this path, continue to show me that it’s possible — so when I get discouraged, I remember that this is not (for the most part) luck, it’s persistence and methodical testing/reiteration.
       
      Looking forward to the book. When is it coming out?

  • AudrisCampbell

    Happy Birthday! As always, great post. I’m getting closer to that reality myself. (:

  • RobertJCollier

    badass open letter, Daniel. This post really struck a chord with me. Couldn’t identify more with you and the feeling when I look around my office and just think how ass-backwards everyone is that works there. Anyways, keep up the great work. Wishing you well from one fellow entrepreneur to another.

    • Rich20Something

      @RobertJCollier Hey Robert, thanks for chiming it.
       
      Dude – trust me, I get it. Although it’s one thing to realize that you’re “in the matrix” and quite another to try and get out, wouldn’t you agree?
       
      What projects are you working on now?

  • CMetAkeoff

    Soooo  what’s the formula????? lol Yes you can text it to me…  But I definitely agree with you. i would love to live a lifestyle where my interests were at the center

    • Rich20Something

      @CMetAkeoff That’s the question of the century, my man. I think the first part of the formula is getting really, really uncomfortable. So uncomfortable that you come to breaking point where you decide that no matter what SOMETHING has to change. Once you’ve come to that point, there’s no turning back, and it’s much more of a “how-to” attitude than a “what if?” or “can I?” attitude. You have to get that that point of no return before you can make a major change.

  • SergioValentin

    I remember reading this previously and wanting to respond but my analytical nature wanted to cover every point and this one friend has many good points.  However, I’ll just suffice by covering over all and saying, WELL SAID.  It isn’t lazy to be exceptional and if anything, the one’s looking to be free of the slave worker, mindless monotony -learn much of many things in order to discover a truth.  That alone is muuuuuch more engaging tha a sub-satisfactory job and the approval of the other “slave” (of course some people just want to work and I don’t knock them). My point is, we work harder.  It takes a lot of courage to fail in order to succeed.  To try many things and think hard and brain storm to find what it is that works.  The journey most have given up on before trying.  More over, the desire as you state is to build a sustainable system that runs itself so that we can get back to the REAL important things in life.  Like family, or traveling, exploring, enjoying food, fellowship, conversations, all the things we lose when we work 80 hours to sustain a 40 hour life.

    • Rich20Something

      @SergioValentin I specifically want to point out that MANY people DO give up before even attempting. I have never understood this logic — but I suppose it’s a protective measure to prevent yourself from feeling the effects of failure. In my eyes, “not failing” and “succeeding” are two very different things. Interesting psychological study though.

  • THISiSMARKC

    I couldnt agree more. Once you realize that time is more important that money, the journey to doing what you love to do becomes a lot clearer. We weren’t put on this earth to work. We were put here to nurture and care for those we love. You can only do that with time.

    • Rich20Something

      @THISiSMARKC and @MeCamLife yep – totally agree. The problem is first “waking up” and realizing what’s going on. It’s also hard to get out of the cycle (ie 9 to 5 work rather than pursuing purpose) when that cycle is what’s supporting you. It takes creativity and strength to break through.

      • Rich20Something

        @THISiSMARKC  @MeCamLife And thanks for the feedback, guys!

  • ddsuber

    The old saying is true: You can’t take it with you.  I also like Prince’s take on it–Money don’t matter tonight, sure didn’t matter yesterday, just when you think you have more than enough is when it all up and and flies away, that’s when you find that you’re better off making your soul’s all right…

    • Rich20Something

      @ddsuber Honestly, who can say no to Prince?

      • Rich20Something

        @ddsuber 40 comments! Nice!

        • ddsuber

          @Rich20Something Great 2 month conversation!

  • groundcoffee11

    As a 40+ I have spent the last 20 year’s living exactly what you are describing its now time for change

    • Rich20Something

      @groundcoffee11 I think the hardest part is realizing what’s going on around us. So many people suffer silently – but if we bring awareness to the fact that it’s OK not to be happy doing what culture dictates, it’s OK not to want to work endlessly in this fashion…that’s when we begin to have the ability to change the conditions. At least on a personal level.

  • Paul Ryan

    Great letter Daniel, and an awesome perspective on living life as you want. I’m in the process of this transition myself, it’s challenging but exciting at the same time.

    • Rich20Something

      @Paul Ryan Hey Paul, awesome to hear from you – and glad you liked the letter. The transition is tough…but so worth it.
       
      Keep pushing!
       
      DD

  • RFIndependence

    I have had a similar life experience as you did, and hate the what do you do question too. My mother also always asks if I am going to look for a job some day or if I need money haha.

    • Rich20Something

      @RFIndependence LOL – what are we going to do with all these moms asking dumb questions?

  • Molly

    Love this letter! Very real!

  • Tiffany Lee

    ddsuber Rich20Something CMetAkeoff THIS IS WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW!!  Sorry to yell but, seriously, I’m there.  Something will be different within the next couple of weeks…it just will be.

  • Rich20Something

    Tiffany Lee ddsuber Rich20Something CMetAkeoff Well let it out then! LOL.

  • Aman Chand

    I made this transition 2 years ago after working in IT for two years, realizing I hated it, then moving to Malaysia for 10 months till i ran out of money and had to come back home to “get a job” lol. Only I realized I wanted to live life on my terms, doing things I love and using my time and efforts making ME money, not working long hours for someone else making THEM rich. For those who haven’t made the transition, I hope this post inspires you to give it some serious thought. For those of us who have made the transition, it’s a great and timely reminder as to why we did in the first place. Totally printing this out and sticking on a wall somewhere as a daily reminder. Great post as usual.

  • frah90

    This is the more ispiring post i’ve ever read.. i believe..

  • DanielHind

    love it

  • You certainly don’t have to be 20 something to have these same thoughts and feelings. I joined the tribe to see what you are up to. Good on ya

  • Georgios

    What you are describing in your post is what many people think/hope/pray for, almost daily. However, you should be careful on how much you inspire people to live their lives, because the society as a whole is so brainwashed by the “system” that people can start talking down on you or even “attacking” you if they get jealous enough. The Greeks had been living the way you propose for decades but today this approach on life has stigmatized them as unproductive, lazy and bums. You only have one life and then it ends; don’t spend it working. Instead, spend it living it to the fullest and use a job to finance your activities! Let the so called “productive” employees sacrifice themselves so that their employers can expeience their life more.

  • MustafaGhuneim

    I believe the struggle starts when you become responsible for a family, rent/morgage, debt, etc. When the complexity of life reaches your core. You will be tied to a job that provides a 401K. I have been living in that fear for so long, I’m 24, and I am totally lost because I know that a job with a routine won’t be suitable for me but a freelance job won’t provide much in the future. However, ridiculous this might sound, I am crammed with these thoughts. So I totally agree and disagree with you. Don’t ask me how…

  • NatashaMonique1

    Some people get true and deep enjoyment from cooking, farming and teaching. They can own their own businesses just like everyone else. He isn’t saying that no one should engage in typical ‘work’ just love what you do and learn ways to do it better

  • AdamYNg

    great article

  • samgreen888

    All the things you wrote about, rang so true with me,that it was almost comical.
    I applaud the good ‘work’, ure doing for the masses and above all, for yourself. good luck with the rest of it 😉

  • You wrote exactly what I feel and I’m already 30. I could use some help on getting this kind of life…

  • Rebecca Rogers

    Daniel, This is exactly the type of article that gives the Gen X, Baby Boomers the idea that milenialls feel entitled… Keep reading youngsters I am not finished. I happen to follow your stuff, am 51 and know it couldn’t be further from the truth. The big difference between your generation and mine, besides kick ass tech savvy skills learned in kindergarten vs. playing with play dough is my generation bowed down to the status quo thinking. Go to school, get a job, marry, two kids, pay bills, take prescriptions, retire, die. Your millennial generation figured out that is bullshit and took risks to build a different normal.
    I admire, respect and learn from y’all. And I have grey hairs and crows feet.

    • Daniel DiPiazza

      You’re totally right! Our outlook is very different than even the generation before us — so I totally understand the frustration with family and friends who just don’t “get it.” Are you doing anything now to make up for “lost time” — or are you just enjoying watching the new generations grow? 🙂

      • Rebecca Rogers

        I am not sitting back and watching at all. I have taken a course to learn how to use my computer, beginning social media skills and just registered for a course on Instagram use. I don’t consider that I have ‘lost time’ perse because the opportunity wasn’t there when I was in my twenties. Had my first cell phone at thirty. (I hear that laughter)
        It’s about being open to learn and accepting this is the new world. Or you can just watch TV and complain that everyone’s always looking at their phone.

        • “It’s about being open to learn and accepting this is the new world.”

          I wish my mother could be more like this but she’s not been very open to new things, not even a phone. Could you help me, Rebecca? What can I say to my mom to get her, at least, interested in learning about and understanding the 21st century?

          • Rebecca Rogers

            Perhaps it will not be known to her with words but rather actions. Continue to give her the upmost respect while you work and live the way you choose. Remember it’s conditioning. We midlifers have been conditioned for decades to follow a certain path. To follow the masses. If you want her to understand you, try to understand her. In time, she may see that although you have walked a different one than she may have wanted, it has led you to success and more importantly happiness. I cannot stress enough the importance of respect. If you go all in, I can’t imagine she will not reciprocate​. I hope this helps.

          • Daniel DiPiazza

            What an incredibly thoughtful response, @disqus_dczMBHJfDX:disqus. Thank you for being here.

          • You are very kind, @disqus_dczMBHJfDX:disqus. Thanks. I’ll keep trying. Like you mentioned, we could understand each other better but it has to come more from me first.

        • Daniel DiPiazza

          You and I are in total alignment! 🙂

  • Vennette Jones

    Hi Daniel I’ve just finished reading your blog/vlog and I’m in total agreement with you, I’ve been thinking along those lines for at least10 plus years now and more so in the last 3 years.

    However, I’m not 20something I’m 3 times that,😆😄😂 and at the point now where I really no longer want to work for some one else leaving home at nights when I really should be settling down in my pj’s whilst my skills and natural creativity earns me a comfortable standard of living.

    This is what I’m now pushing for. Ideally I should have been a chef I have natural creative abilities to make a blow me away dish out of the most basic ingredients.
    Too many times I’m asked why have you not put you recipes in a book format and why aren’t you teaching these skills of yours to others? I guess it’s time to take the bull by the horn eh?

    You go Lad and been your own time boss, that’s what more young ones should be doing.

  • Adam Killian

    Daniel great response! I would travel wherever, whenever if I did not have a job a money wasn’t an issue. Traveling around, attending events: sporting and social alike.

    • Daniel DiPiazza

      Dope! Can you get a bit more specific? Which events, etc? 🙂

  • Kurt Weir

    Dude I want to do all of those things and you inspire me daily to better myself and become #rich20something! Thanks !

    • Daniel DiPiazza

      yeahhh!!! Awesome, bro! What type of business have you started?

  • Katie Germain

    Well Daniel I think I would work out with my trainer almost everyday (because I hate working out by myself). And if I wasn’t home I would be a glob trotter and gain knowledge on different cultures. I would attend all of the influential speakers such as Tom bilyeu and everyone has had on his show so far. I would want to help other people not hate their life because they’re stuck at a job because they have to pay the bills. I would attend Mindvalley U in 3 days if I had the financial resources to go to Barcelona for a month with out getting paid.

    On a side note of everything that I would do if I didn’t have to work everyday of my life. I’ve bought your book and it is so real and has so much good solid information. I definitely hope to use some of what I’ve learned in your book so I can get out of the 9 to 5. Just as soon as I figure out what I want to do!

    Thanks Daniel

    Katie

    • Daniel DiPiazza

      That’s actually a very, very good plan. Keep working through the book — trust me, you can get there 🙂 What type of business would you like to start, BTW?

  • Bridgette Salley

    Daniel, I’m so happy I found your blog, your podcast, and your book. These are the thoughts I was having after working in my first internship doing mind numbing data entry for 8 hours a day one summer during college.

    If I wasn’t working two jobs right now, I would be pouring myself 100% into building up my business by helping my best friend build hers instead of only being able to commit 10-20% every here and there. But it’s all a process, definitely hoping to one day be able to accomplish this thanks to your tips and encouragement!

    Thanks again for the amazing content!

    • Daniel DiPiazza

      Thanks so much for reading! And hey, 10-20% over time is better than 100% for a short burst. Keep building 🙂

  • Reading this blog made my heart race because I can relate so intensely to the exact internal and external struggles you were facing by feeling locked into your 9-5 and not having the true freedom you desire. If it were up to me I’d spend my life traveling this incredible planet, experiencing new cultures, creating digital art, reading fascinating books, cultivating in-depth meaningful relationships (become bffs with Elon Musk), playing piano, producing music, eating amazing food, and eventually finding a woman who shares my passions, and raising intelligent, loving children. All the other stuff can eat shit because life is too short to live someone else’s dream. I don’t want to waste my precious time making another company rich when I know I have the potential to build an empire of my own on my own terms. The world we live in now has endless possibilities and I want to be remembered as someone who took a risk as a young innovator and young entrepreneur. I don’t want to waste my life and my purpose on meaningless daily tasks at a job I have no investment in. Thanks for the read Daniel. Also, loving your book. I’m on Chapter 6 now!

    • Daniel DiPiazza

      DOPE!!!! I see the vision bro, and thanks for picking up the book 🙂 What type of business would you like to start?

  • Paul Sabaj

    While I totally agree with the post and I can relate to early jobs. I had one that lasted 4 hours. I told the owner is felt like a prisoner and don’t pay me because I’ll just have to wait for a tax form. I said let’s call this a learning experience. But I did work as a firefighter paramedic. Never had a day I didn’t want to work. But now I’m looking for a second career. I don’t want a J-ust O-ver B-roke job. Or a job that puts money in my pocket but robs my soul.
    I’m working to make my dreams come true and not someone elses.
    I don’t want to be like the zombies in the workplace like you see at Walmart.
    BTW your book is awesome brother

    • Daniel DiPiazza

      You and I are on the same page, my man! And thanks for reading. Any part in particular stand out as a favorite?

  • Kartika Ardenita Soedarto

    Hi Daniel! Just wanna say that you’re awesome.
    I’m from Indonesia, and I’m making a program to learn Conversational English through a chatting platform.
    I’m thinking of writing a book in the future. But I still don’t know what to write just yet. But I enjoy writing, and I found your self-destruct video which tells us to write everyday no matter what. So I’m gonna try to do that first.
    So hopefully I could release a book one day and make it an international released book. Thanks for encouraging me to do it!

    • Daniel DiPiazza

      Thanks for reading/watching and good luck! Let me know how I can be of service 🙂

  • Marques Moore

    I’m a millennial, I am entitled. I have all the right to be able to create the life that I want. And I am. I have an entire business on my cell phone. If you don’t think it’s possible to completely quit the depressing life you’re currently leading, you’re lying to yourself due to fear and you’re robbing yourself of the greatest gift life has to offer; freedom. The time is now. Take responsibility and start taking the necessary steps to change. Heaven on earth is waiting for you

  • Reuben M Luxton

    Yo Daniel, Just recently discovered your content and have to say that I spend most of my morning routine now reading through your previous blogs. I have been and am definitely still going through the phase of being asked ‘what do I do’. I spent a bit of time traveling two years ago, had the time of my life but hit a wall where I wasn’t being productive and was generally lacking purpose. Now I am two years into my college degree, and hit the same wall. I have lost interest in what I study for a multitude of reasons, most importantly it doesn’t seem relevant whatsoever! A lot of the reading I have done recently has told me that the College system is broken and not suitable for millennial’s, which has me nervous for the future. You are a wise guy, what would your most essential advice be to someone in this situation?

    • Daniel DiPiazza

      Read “Mastery” by Robert Greene. Look at how the journeys of different masters evolved over time. Watch how they used each step in the ladder to progressively build up their careers. You’re just starting out, everything you’re going through is NECESSARY to give you clarity later down the road. Here’s the link to Mastery, btw: http://amzn.to/2rSnyKt

  • Nicholas Zilkowski

    Daniel, I eerily relate to this article a little too much. It’s like we’re separated twins lol. I have felt like this since college. I would try to learn how to build a webpage or look for things to sell to help pay my way through. I never wanted to work like my dad did. Don’t get me wrong, looking back I admire his work ethic, but he also worked multiple jobs, and weird hours. I hate people controlling my time and my money. I’d love to be able to travel with my gf and pay for her to go visit her family. I find a job, get really excited for a short period of time, and then it quickly wears off and I start to dread Monday (and Tuesday-Friday) cause it’s not what I want. It scares my gf (and myself sometimes) that I won’t find what I need to be able to provide or at least cover my minimum expenses. I am working 9-5 and have a couple side hustles going now that I REALLY want to see become something special!

    • Daniel DiPiazza

      Man, you’ll get there.

      Maybe instead of looking at it like, “what job should I get to cover my minimum expenses?” it should be more like: “What skill could I learn that would be valuable enough to cover my minimum expenses (and preferably much more).”

      See what I’m saying? Perspective shift.

  • I have to agree, it really doesn’t make sense the way our parents want to make us think. They work, work and work, so we can go to school, so that we can then can work, work, and work! That doesn’t serve to grow anyone. At least, not as much as they want us to think.

    • Daniel DiPiazza

      100%! Where are you located, btw?

      • Thanks. I’m well on the other side of the world from you guys, the Philippines 🙂

  • Bobby Boechay

    I too am from the era of being subservient and also was taught self punishment through ones self guilt. Miss a class or day of school but couldn’t enjoy it due to preprogrammed guilt, same for work. I truly felt and believe every word of your venting. Your as much a philanthropist as an entrepreneur bc of the freedom that you are endearing to the chained masses.

    • Daniel DiPiazza

      Wow, I’d never thought of it that way — but it’s very true. Sparking that awareness is in service to humanity!

  • Hey Daniel,

    Nice article man. I just found Rich20Something a few days ago while reading knowledge over at under30ceo. I came over and bought your book and read it. Good stuff, it really helped me realize I just need to quit worrying about whatever excuse I could come up with and just start getting shit done regardless if it works or not!

    If I didn’t have to work, man I would still work! I’m really into web development and decided last year to sharpen my skills so I could grab up some freelance work. My first job, I worked some 30 hours straight without a break and earned the best hundred bucks of my life! But now I’m starting to realize, I’m kind of doing what I love, but I’m still working on other people’s ideas!

    If I owned my time, and now that I’ve read your book, I would focus on developing my own ideas no matter how far out there they get!

    • Daniel DiPiazza

      Welcome, my brother! And yep, it’s time to take back…your time 🙂 What are you doing for work now?

      • Thanks for the welcome man! To pay the bills, I write some Ruby code and also do allot of front end work.

        For my own projects, I am really passionate about supporting local businesses. Right now, I currently have my eye on local farmers and I want to help them with free stuff I build!

  • Ana

    I just clocked in to work and this is the first email I opened. I’m turning 25 in February next year and I can totally relate to your post. I have never held a job for more than 9 months because I always feel like I need more, There’s much more potential within me but today I just have to be honest with myself and say that I am not about this employment life. I am not fond of routines and yes it feels like indentured service! It’s about that time I get off my doubtful ass and do something about it. I’m currently working on a mental health project. Now I’m even more motivated to make it work. Your post is so relatable. Thank you for the motivation 🙂

    • Daniel DiPiazza

      Thanks so much for reading. And TRUST me, I feel you 🙂 What are you doing for work?

  • Nicole Fleeman

    Well, Daniel, I hate my job and love my blog and if I didn’t have to go to my job I would have more time to spend on my blog. Oh, and I would probably have a better grip on my mental health because I wouldn’t have to use my 9-5 adhering to peoples demands and I would be able to see progress in my work rather than just balancing a mediocre life at a low, low salary. I could travel to see my family more and I could spend more time reading, which is very important to me. So, the short of the long is that, YES, a better way is possible for me. Typing it ignites a fire in me! Maybe I should say it out loud. Yes, a better way is possible for me. I know this not only because I know that I create meaningful content that I can leverage for income, not only because I know that I am a resilient and hardworking person, but because I recently read your Rich20Something book and I am confident that I am well-equipped with the information that I need to actually START the “better way”. Thank you for all that you do, Daniel! You’re a true inspiration.

    • Daniel DiPiazza

      Glad you liked the book 🙂 What’s your blog address? I’d love to take a look at it!

  • Marques Moore

    I’m a millennial. I am entitled to the freedom I was born with. I deserve to be able to create the life that I want in order to create a better world for all of us. And I am. At 18 I have an entire affiliate marketing business on my cell phone and it’s only going to continue growing (giving me more and more influence and $$$) from here. If you still don’t think that it’s possible to ditch your average life and start actually living…then I have only one question for you…why are you robbing yourself of pure happiness? Why are you letting fear and past conditioning hold you back?

    If this world is going to change, it needs to change now and that all starts with you and me. So, what are you waiting for? Peace and Love are waiting patiently

    • Talitha

      Very inspiring. Had to read more than one. What you’ve said is the epitome of what I’ve been feeling. I gotta someone how channel what I want to do into a business for myself.

    • Daniel DiPiazza

      You get the gold star award for comments! Perfect response!

  • Tal T

    You have a super important message my brother. I feel the same exact way about losing interest in any job after the first month or 2. For all of the same reasons. I am at the point where I am applying to get another job to keep the dollars coming in while working on my personal brand and developing and implementing business ideas daily. @tenacioustal is my Instagram account I just started as well as my Cannapreneur account, @divineorganix Check me out !

    I actually work for LYFT and the most common question I get is WHAT DO YOU DO….damit! I always felt so weird answering this ? Because I know that I am so much bigger and greater than what i “do” to make money.

    Not going to lie when I first discovered you, I was pretty jealous of all the things you were doing. We are very similar in many aspects and my ego was saying to me look at him and how great he’s doing, so much like you but he’s big and your not!!

    Of course this was all my ego talking and once I started following along and reading your content and book. I clearly made a major switch to realize just how similar we are and how grateful I am to have found such a young similar entrepreneur.

    Thank you for your message brother,

    I would love to connect

    Tal
    @tenacioustal
    216-870-8687

    • Daniel DiPiazza

      Much love and respect my man — and wanna know a secret? I’m jealous of people too! I’m working on it. Need more meditation, lol. Do you have a website up yet for your brand?

      • Tenacious Tal

        Love your humility brother. And I guess we’re both human after all lol (meditation is key for me as well) I bought the domain name for my personal brand just haven’t set anything up there quite yet, I’ve been focusing more on IG.

        Like I said before I very weirdly resonate with you my man, I know this is a little out there, but how do you feel about becoming my mentor?

        The greats say to find a mentor that is exactly where you want to be; A humble, inspiring, influential young man who is just entering his entrepreneurial puberty 😉.

        You crushed it on the EO Fire podcast btw, just happened to listen after my comment earlier lol.

        Have an awesome day brother and thanks for taking the time to read and respond to everyone’s comments. It goes a long way.

        Tal
        @tenacioustal
        216-870-8687

        • Daniel DiPiazza

          Thanks homie, I appreciate the love. I’ll be opening up a mentorship program soon, so keep your eyes on the inbox 🙂

  • Laura Howarth

    Love this! These thoughts have been running through my head for the last year or so being stuck in a plateau in my 9-5 job. It’s very hard when you don’t have anyone around you with these thoughts/goals. This year I am trying to slowly pave a path for myself to live the lifestyle I want doing the things I love! I truly believe there is more to life than a 9-5 job! Love your work Daniel! Will be purchasing your book soon too!

    • Daniel DiPiazza

      Thanks so much, and I totally agree. These thoughts tend to get even louder in our heads when we hit those plateaus! What are you doing for work now?

      • Laura Howarth

        Currently an account broker for an insurance brokerage! Hoping to break into the fitness industry soon!

        • Daniel DiPiazza

          Nice, good to hear you’re going to make the leap 🙂 Do you have a website/social media up and running yet?

          • Laura Howarth

            Not yet.. slowly starting to post more fitness related content on my Instagram! Hopefully once I’m more confident it will grow from there! Thank you for taking time out to reply to these comments! You are a very inspiring person!

  • Gary Whatley

    I’m 30 something but this is exactly what I’ve dealt with. I’m in the process of building this type of lifestyle. And people think Im crazy af fuck. Oh well, i know they’ll be asking how i did it next. Thanks for your content!

    • Daniel DiPiazza

      Hey man, much love and appreciation! And yep, it really has nothing to do with age 🙂 What are you doing for work now?

      • Gary Whatley

        Thanks for replying so quickly. My current job is the sole Digital Strategist for an agency run by the local newspaper. High standards, super fast work environment. 4% commission! So in the past month I’ve started selling on Amazon and eBay working on getting a private label product produced. I’m a single father of 4 and need more family time. So I’m really on a mission for the betterment of my family.

        • Daniel DiPiazza

          Nice man! Commission is definitely one way to get you fired up 🙂 Keep hustling!

          • Gary Whatley

            Commission is ok but 4% isn’t lol fuck that

  • Kenzie

    I love everything about this! This inspires me to pursue the things I’m truly interested in instead of just working to pay the bills and have a few hours of free time every night. I’m slowing working towards starting my own business and can’t wait.

    • Daniel DiPiazza

      Yeah!!! Thanks so much for reading! What’s business are you starting?

  • Talitha

    I have to say Daniel, your article speaks to me in ways no one has ever spoken to me before me. Now I fully understand why I’ve never been comfortable with being complacent at a particular job. I’ve struggled majority of my early twenties with finding the right job/company for me not really realizing that the issue was not with the job or company but with me. I was unmotivated and just doing what I had to because I thought it was the best thing for me. Granted I’ve met good people and had experiences I am grateful for but at the end of the day I was feeling like a machine just moving because I was told to move. I’ve reached a point in my later twenty years where I am no longer putting myself through that kind of torment. I feel like those around me don’t really understand what I’m feeling and going through and it’s hard for me to have encouragement to stay focus on what I want to do. I know at this point in my life I no longer want to be running in the same circle working to death for someone else. When I come across your articles I realize that I am not alone in this and their is someone out there who at one point has experienced what I am going through right now. I would like to figure out how you have found the courage to push through all the odds that were against you. Keep up the good work.

    • Daniel DiPiazza

      so glad this resonated with you —and I know what it’s feels like to be running in circles! Where do you think your journey will take you next?

      • Talitha

        I’m a huge advocate for fitness and living a healthy lifestyle and as I go on the journey towards reaching my goals I would love to be able to help others do so. I’m at this point where I’ve learned what works best for me and I’m willing to learn as much as I can to be successful in the fitness industry. Motivation, drive, persistence and a platform is some of the goals that I want to work harder on in order to be on top of my game. I just need to know the right people to get in touch such as mentors and motivators who can guide me along the right path.

  • Aisha Abdi

    I’d recommend this to everyone!

    • Daniel DiPiazza

      Thanks Aisha! Where are you reading from?

  • Tedinho De Ghebre

    Great that you reached to a certain point where you realized you’ve had enough. The Greater thing is you Did something about it. One should not spend a lot of time thinking about what to do. Mentorship is Essential for guidance which makes me more than grateful to know You, Daniel and your Journey. Looking forward to learn from you a lot.

    • Daniel DiPiazza

      Thanks so much for reading! Appreciate all the love on social media as well, man. Where are you located?

      • Tedinho De Ghebre

        It’s my pleasure. I am an Eritrean. I live in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

  • Daniel Ortiz

    Great Article Daniel. 100 % agree. I’m struggling with that. Thanks for your words.

    • Daniel DiPiazza

      Thanks for reading! Just curious, how long have you been following the blog?

  • Ola Faworaja

    Love this blog, i have only just discovered it and really love this article!

  • David

    Thanks for the great read, Daniel. I would love to have your guidance in building my business as a writer – http://www.LegendOfTheVampires.com – but I first want to know what value I can offer you! – David

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