Today I continued working my way through this process and I must say it’s CRAZY how much information is out there. You have forums, blogs and all types of media posts on F.I.T (facebook, instagram, twitter). I don’t know if anyone has had this problem but it’s quite intimidating because I don’t know exactly where to start and where not to. I looked at a couple of articles such as Matthew Torren, Brian de Haaff, Susan Sly among others and a common thing that an entrepreneur should ask themselves before beginning is to ask themselves why and what.
-Why are you doing this
-Why now why not later
-What is your missiony
-What are you aspiring to get out of this
-What are you willing to sacrifice to make this happen
Should I go continue? Sure!
-What skills do you bring
-Why do you think you belong in this industry
-What’s going to happen if you fail
The point is sit down whether it’s in your car, at home or while going to the bathroom and analyze critically why. For me it’s because of many reasons. I have been working for about six months as a laboratory technician because it’s one of the common jobs a pre-med student gets after finishing undergrad and before med school. Thing is I hate bench work, ABSOLUTELY hate it😡. I want to have patient interaction, have different cases and scenarios each day (because your biochemistry and mine work differently and has different tolerance levels), continue learning each day (not just medicine, but also the psychology of how patients react and respond to situational scenarios etc). The point is I want to constantly stay active and that’s far from doing what I do now. I was talking to a friend that aspires to obtain an MD/PhD someday and he told me that the fun part is when you are the one creating the projects and preparing grants. I can definitely see that happening and good for him I hope he becomes a great researcher but that is not a job for me. So anyways back to me (because its all about me 😁), I work for a small biotech company where I dissect marine creatures such as trout, salmon, oysters, clams, shrimp and then run PCR’s for detection of pathogens. It was nice for about three weeks while I learned all the different departments and procedures, but about a month in I felt like a stagnated. From then on to now I haven’t learned a single new thing. It’s the same procedure over and over and over and over again. The only thing that excites me sometimes is when the head of molecular biology experiments a different way of extracting for DNA or RNA and I get a chance to come up with different solutions. I can’t really talk about examples because of company policies, but the day is generally necropsy for certain organs, then homoganate and then inoculate. It’s like living in deja vu every single day Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm and sometimes till 5:30-6pm (and its not like we get compensated for extra time! not even some pizza or ice-cream 😔). So as I was working around mid August (I started in June), I was thinking why am I still working here? I don’t like a 9-4:30 routine, I’m not excited to show up, I don’t have debt to pay off (that’s a hugeeeee plus and I am very fortunate and grateful for that), I’m not learning anything, I’m getting paid very little (I make salary but after taxes and if we were to consider it a per hour basis it’s like $10.67. I was a busser my last year in college and was making more in 30 hour week shifts than I do now.), I’m not making the impact I want on the world. Ok I’ll stop before I bore you with my reasons. The point is I want to be my own boss, I don’t want to live in this conventional box where you work, save money on 401k’s, IRA’s and HSA’s, let interests compound and retire at 65. Why retire at 65? What’s so magical about 65? No I refuse to accept that my outcome is to plant my behind at 65 on a couch and watch T.V until I die. I REFUSE TO BE A WAGE SLAVE!
So I think now that I gave you a short synopsis of my life currently, I think it’s only suitable to give responses to some of the questions I researched.
Why am I doing this? It’s quite simple actually yet quite complex at the same time. I’ll save the explanation for another blog and just say I’ve observed for years what has been lacking in underserved communities and I think I’ve come up with an idea to close the achievement gap between the rich and the poor. I’m not saying it’s the solution, but it might be a step towards that objective.
Why now why not later? Why do you go to the doctor when you feel sick and not when your moments from dying? Why do you get your teeth checked out every six months rather than waiting until they are infected and decaying? The same goes with this. I saw a problem, so why wait when the problem has no solution when I can help now? Is it because I’m “young, stupid, naive or uneducated”? I am still a fetus (ok maybe not fetus but 22 is not anywhere close to old); I’m not stupid or naive or uneducated. Currently I’m not exposed to all my options but through connections, social media and the internet I can teach myself what I need to know to thrive and be a success. I am ambitious and I take challenges head on with total confidence in my abilities. That doesn’t mean I’m blind and won’t consider my options carefully because I make very logical and well thought out decisions.
What is your mission? That’ll be explained in another blog.
What are you aspiring to get out of this? As corny as it sounds I aspire to make a difference in the world. I plan to start small and perhaps one day expand this project nationwide. One step a time though.
What are you willing to sacrifice to make this happen? I have nothing to lose and everything to gain. I think there has been no better time in history where there are loads of opportunities and options to make dreams become reality. What makes great people great is persistency, drive and focus even when things seem impossible because if you look hard enough everything is possible. To be more specific, I’m poor with very limited resources to launch this idea but if I can come up with a solid plan I’m confident people will begin to understand and support the idea
I think a lot of people see my generation as immature and incompetent human beings that can’t fend for themselves and I think while yes there are some people like that (but that’s not just my generation but in every generation across the board) there are others (like me) that have decided not to conform to the social norms that society has placed on us. I take this chapter of my life as an adventure, challenge and journey towards my financial independence despite going AAO.
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