For this lesson. I want to tell you a quick story. When I got out of college, I was in a hurry to become a contributing member of society. Translation: I wanted a job. But why did I want a job, really? The answer is I had a lot of student loans to pay off and I needed a way to pay all of them off. But after about 20 failed job interviews and taking, like, ten different death blows to my confidence, I started daydreaming about freelancing. In the meantime, I took a job at Panera Bread so that I could have some money to pay for my bills.
My hope was that I could eventually become a manager one day and they could see that I had a college degree and maybe fast-track me to working in corporate for Panera Bread. The problem was I was getting paid $8 per hour working next to high schoolers after having just spent $60,000 going into college. I was 22. I felt like complete crap. I felt like this is not what I should have been doing and so after three weeks of working there, I quit my job.
It was a really terrible financial and logical decision. And my mom hated the idea, but it was easily one of the most important decisions of my life, if not the most important decision of my life. I quit my job because I wanted to start freelancing. The very next day after I quit my job at Panera Bread, I accepted a freelance project to write an ebook for someone and I made $100 in about eight hours of work. I was ecstatic.
Even though I never made more than $400 per week from freelancing, I was never happier, and it ultimately, led me to this life right here that I'm living. The lesson is when the voice in your head is telling me to get out of a particular situation, you need to listen to it. Damn the money and damn reason. You need to trust yourself.
A lot of this course so far has been about helping you learn a few more things. But deeper than that, this course is also designed to help you unlearn a few things that you've learned throughout your life. When you create the 100 goals that I just told you to create, you must forget money and you must forget reason. You have to put it out of your mind.
I don't care if these things are crazy to put down and list down on a list of 100 goals. No, write them down. Don't be apprehensive to write down a goal because you think that your loved ones are going to judge you or you think that it's going to cost too much to pursue. This is a safe space, this course, and you need to feel free to write down all of the goals that you could possibly have for yourself. Please do that.
Let's move on to the next lesson.