It seems like every other minute there's another “expert” in the news hammering at the Millenials (the generation of people ages 18-30) who are starting to make their mark in the workforce.
It's not easy out there for anyone, and this group in particular is currently suffering at a 16.8% unemployment rate. There are plenty of people between 18-30 who are talented, smart and eager to earn, who are yet unemployed or underemployed and stuck. Here are five things you must do, Millenial or not, so you can get to the life you want as fast as possible.
- Shrug off the bad rap.
Look, every generation bashes the one that comes after it. My grandpa bashed my dad's generation and my dad bashed mine. This will continue to happen so don't let it get in your head. Instead, prove everyone wrong. Set goals for yourself with a clear list of actions you must take to make things happen.
- Opportunity is everywhere.
Quit thinking you can send resumes to the black hole of the HR department or rely on job boards to land a great position. Instead, find out about the businesses in your area, find 10 people you would want to work for and then get in front of those people. You want to find the people at the top, call them, tweet them, e-mail them, and just hammer at them until you get a face-to-face meeting. That is how you get noticed in today's marketplace. You get creative, resourceful and stop at nothing to sell yourself.
- Gain access and learn.
Understand that you will have to prove yourself. My current VP of sales started with me 4 years ago making less than $3000 per month. I told him I'd teach him all he needed to know about sales so he could develop and grow. He just turned 30 and will earn over $300k this year. Accepting less money at the start for access to those who will teach you can pay off tremendously.
- Set the bar higher than the middle class myth dictates.
Look, your parents and their parents bought into a myth that made the middle class something worth of aspiring for. The middle class idea doesn't benefit anyone but politicians. Don't strive for middle. Strive for greatness.
- Surround yourself with big thinkers and big earners.
Expand your friendships to include people who are doing far better than you are. Then, learn from them. Go where they go – restaurants, sporting events, charity functions. Find a way to help these people and get yourself noticed in the process.
Every week via my online show
, I'll be offering tips to help the Young Hustlers out there–the 18-30 year old players that want to build wealth for themselves. Maybe you're 19 with a high school degree and no idea what to do next. Maybe you fell into a sales job but have zero training on how to make the most of it. Maybe you are freaking out because your student loans kicked in and you can't afford to pay them.
No matter your educational history, your future is yours to create and I will help you.
I'll lay it out for you straight so you know how to go about finding money and building wealth. You can watch the introductory episode here:
To kick this off, I'm looking for people 18-30 to help me create a name for the show
to replace "Young Hustlers." The winner will receive our Power Jar
filled with “Don't Be A Little Bitch,” “Hustle Muscle,” and “Whatever it Takes” wristbands.
It's time for a new generation to make their mark and instead of me slamming generations after me, I'm choosing to mentor and motivate them.
Hit me up on Twitter @grantcardone
and fire off a question. We'll also take callers to give people a chance to ask a question on the air. Looking forward to it.