Millennials will often hear plenty of “career advice” telling them to travel. Live life to the fullest, they might hear. Go travel, and see the world. But sometimes, it’s not just a matter of career advice. For some, travel simply becomes a means of escape from the responsibilities of adulthood.
If you’re in your mid- to late-twenties, you’ve probably felt this before. Life brings us along for the ride at a break neck pace. And the responsibilities – work, paying off debts, building a home and family, trying to balance in your passions – just pile up. So it’s certainly very tempting to just put everything off and go see the world.
Going on a road trip, or flying to some far0flung beach or mountain, seems to be the popular answer for a quarter life crisis.
But here’s why you should put off those ticket reservations first and just work on planting your seeds.
Work Hard Now, Travel Later
Self-made millionaire and entrepreneur Grant Cardone didn’t make his fortune by “finding himself” at travel. He tried; it didn’t work out that way.
At the young age of 25, Cardone was probably feeling the same thing we’ve all felt. In fact, he admits taking plenty of time off early in his career as well. But then he got serious, buckled down, and began putting in the hours. He opted to find purpose in his work, not out of it. And as a result, he got to reap the benefits pretty early as well.
“What I want to do is inspire millennials to work hard now so they can travel the world in style later,” he says, as a matter of career advice. “If you are a millennial and you need to take time off, then take enough time off to fulfill your desire for time off. Just realize, your life will probably be no better by the end of it, and your financial situation will be even worse off than it already is.”
Ask yourself – what's the very next step? I see a lot of people get overwhelmed with their big vision. Have a big vision. Dream huge! But without a plan to get there it will stay off in dream world. If you get into a place of overwhelm, just ask yourself, what's the very next teeny tiny step. Break it down to something small and do it today! Tell me what step you can do today!
The idea is to put in the work early, setting one’s self up for success. Everyone, after all, is expected to go through some rough patches in the early days of their career. They’ll be gathering skills and experiences to become more marketable, to bring more value to their industry or work space. Nobody finds success without going through the learning curve involved.
The sooner one can navigate those choppy waters, the sooner they can settle into a groove and find their ideal work-life balance.
25 is Young
Don’t forget that 25 is the age where everyone feels the full force of the pressures of adulthood. And that’s okay, because it simply becomes our reminder that the things most worth doing in life are things that aren’t easy. That, of course, is what makes them worth achieving.
Ryan O’Connell from Thought Catalog once wrote: “I think the reason twentysomethings are so fixated on age is because we feel a pressure to be a certain way at 23, at 25, at 29. There are all these invisible deadlines with our careers and with love… We feel so much guilt for essentially acting our age and making mistakes.”
So don’t worry about it too much. It’s just another step, and in another year you’ll be even better than you are now.