Money & Career Bucket List
You’ll spend an enormous amount of your life at work, so it’s important to ensure that your job is personally fulfilling to you – and that you’re being paid the right amount for it. Try different things, upskill in areas you’re interested in, and try your best to make your money work for you, rather than the other way around. You’ll find that you actually enjoy going to work when you care about what you do. Purpose makes people happier in general, so find out what your purpose is and pursue it hard!
Most people unfortunately don’t know what it feels like to live free of debts – to not have the lingering worry of paying something back, having portions of your earnings to towards old debts each month. It’s hard to do, but clearing your debts will give you financial freedom. Do some research on methods of consolidating your debts so you’re not paying extra interest on individual amounts.
The luckiest people in the world are the ones that wake up each day with an unshakeable passion for what they do. If you’re not exactly sure what your passion is, think about what drives you, what gives you pleasure, and what you’re good at. Speak to people about what they think you’d be good at – sometimes an outside perspective can point you in a new direction.
If you’re the kind of person who sees potential in people and is driven to help fulfil that potential, perhaps you could be a life coach. You will need patience, kindness, and a good sense of humour, as even if someone says they need a change, actually making that change can be a difficult and scary prospect. Seeing someone you’ve helped maintain good relationships, find their dream job, or tackle whatever other problems they have is well worth it though.
Of course this is not as easy as it sounds, but it is also fairly simple. Find a gap in the market, an unmet need, and develop a way to fill that need with either a product or service. Then create a business plan to determine your profit and loss, and if the numbers look good then put your all into it! Starting your own business isn’t easy, but can be incredibly rewarding when done right.
If you like words and are good at stringing them together, why not do it for money? You can work from home (or wherever you like, really), be your own boss, and work your own hours. With everyone on the internet requiring more and more content to keep up with demand, there are heaps of places you can pitch your work. Do it as a side hustle, or quit your job and do it full time!
While house prices in major cities around the world are rising steadily, there are still chances to get in on the property market. Do your research and find an area that is set to boom in the next 10-20 years – it’s a lifetime investment so it’s worth looking ahead.
Obviously if this was easy then everyone would do it. You don’t have to have an insanely high-paying job or a dead rich uncle to be a millionaire though; living frugally and saving what you can is also a way to get there, if a little more slowly. Investing in shares and stocks can also help creep you along, if you do it safely.
Take control of your own destiny and stop being a cog in someone else’s machine. The world is full of opportunity and yet we do what society expects and ask someone else to provide us with an opportunity to succeed. Put your energy and passion into making your own difference in this world and creating your own opportunities.
A passive income is where you continue to earn money on work you’ve already done, like royalties on a song or continuous traffic on a website. You could write a blog, rent out a house or create an investment portfolio. Usually you have to spend money to make money, but that doesn’t always have to be the case.
That’s baller money, baby! If you’re just starting out, pick an industry that’s due to need more people than it’s currently got, like data science – if supply is short, you can demand more money. If you’re already established in your field, try up or cross-skilling to make yourself more valuable to employers. Or work on your side-hustle.
If you have a penchant for arts and crafts, or a talent for making things, why not create your own brand on Etsy? It’s easy to set up an account, and you’ll have buyers already on the site so it’s easier to establish than starting your own website. It’s a great way to test the demand for your product.
Being able to help people achieve their fitness goals is incredibly fulfilling, and making people hate you by forcing them to do heaps of pushups is personally satisfying. Once you’re certified you could train people in a gym full-time, or as a side project.
In most countries you need to have successfully completed 500 jumps and three hours of freewill before you can be a certified instructor. If you’re really into jumping out of planes, why not get paid to do it while taking terrified newbies out with you.
There are plenty of different types of art that people will buy from you – you don’t just have to be a painter. Try pottery or ceramics, sculpture, drawing, tapestry, or graphic design. You can transfer skills from one type to another to diversify your offering and build a name for yourself.
Take a photography course and invest in some god quality equipment, then get out there and start snapping. These days you can sell your shots to stock photo companies, news outlets, or as art in galleries if you’re good enough.
Learn some good facts and stories about your own city, then take out tourists and show them the sights that you think they should see. You’ll get better at public speaking, make friends from all over the world, and get fit walking everywhere. It’s also a great way to get to know a new city if you’re travelling.
Working in a country is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture, and Japan has a culture unlike any other in the world. The Japanese work hard and play hard, and the cliché of black-suited salary men in the bar is there for a reason.
A great way to see the world and meet new people, working on a cruise ship is an experience you won’t soon forget. The hours are long and you can’t escape your workmates, but while you’re on a ship you can’t spend money, making it a great way to save. Just hope you don’t get seasick!
They say if you love your job then you never work a day in your life. Finding out what motivates you and getting a job around that is a good way to love what you do, and making sure you are aligned with the overall purpose of your work makes you feel valued. If you love your work you’ll do a better job, too.
If you love animals, why not work in a park or zoo and look after them all day long? It’s hard and often thankless work (as picking up poop generally is) but you’ll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some incredible creatures, and even create bonds with them.
Sure there’ll be plenty of early morning starts, but what a way to watch the sunrise! The day that you get sick of the view below you is the day you should probably quit, but until then taking people up into the clouds every day is a great way to pay the bills.
In this fast-paced world people need news faster and more accurate than ever. If you want to bust open big stories and are passionate about putting the truth out into the world, becoming a journalist could be a good move for you. Interview important people, ask the big questions, get to the heart of the issues – you’re on the front lines!
This doesn’t even have to be a job – just learning how to sail would be great fun. But spending your days on the high seas, coming ashore each night for dinner then back out first thing the next day – the movies have made it seem like a romantic life.
Key things here are to make sure that you’re not burning any bridges you might need later – if it’s an industry you’d like to stay in, or you need a reference, maybe this isn’t for you. But if you don’t care about that stuff, then flip some tables on the way out. Call your boss all the names you can think of, steal all the stationery on the way out. It’ll feel so damn good.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, bored, or just unmotivated at work. If you find yourself falling into those feelings, take a step back and reevaluate where you want to be. Check that you’re on track, then keep everything in perspective. Making to-do lists also helps you keep track of your work and feel like you’re achieving results.
Neuro Linguistic Programming is an approach to personal development and psychotherapy that helps people understand how their perceptions colour their interactions with the world around them. Becoming a practitioner means that you can apply these learnings to your own workplace, or work with clients to help them with challenging phobias and setting personal goals.
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