As a child I remember visiting the homes of some extended family members who had done relatively well (materially) in life. I would go back home to my grandma and ask: "Granny, what does uncle (or aunty) do for a living?" "what did they study?" etc. One hundred percent (100%) of the time, they were always recipients of a tertiary level education. That brings me to my next point. Having a tertiary level education places you in the position of having a base salary that’s above the norm – certainly not minimum wage level. You have a head start. Not just income-wise but knowledge wise. After all, there are skills, knowledge, contacts, and access to numerous opportunities that you benefit from while spending time at Uni.
A Brookings Institute study highlighted the following three criteria for avoiding poverty: 1) at least finish high school, 2) get a full-time job, and 3) wait until 21 to get married and have children.The fact of the matter is that ‘getting married’ is a simple pointer mainly because two (2) incomes are better than one (1). Getting a high school diploma and gradating is beneficial because it opens up more job opportunities. And having children over the age of twenty one (21) ensures that you're more prepared for financial opportunity as opposed to when you're younger.
Sometimes you need to just ‘pound the football’
If you've ever watched NFL football, there are two things which translate well when it matters -running the football i.e. pounding the football, and a solid defense, or better known as Championship Defense. In life sometime you've got to become a specialist in those two areas. And what do those two things demand? Mental and physical toughness! Life is a game of hard-nose, bruising decision-making, the faster and earlier the hard ones are made the smoother the road ahead. Late nights studying till early morning, less parties and time-consuming hook-ups, less alcohol and more time in the gym? It all adds up. The tough decisions are critical pay-offs. Is the immediate pleasure more valuable than the long term sustainability and concomitant pleasure that in all actually will eventually come? Those are the tough questions to answer, and there lies the tough decisions! Consider whether or not you have the mental and physical toughness to play Championship football and go all the way to the Super Bowl.
Love & Blessings!