10 Game-changing Tips for After You Graduate

10 Game-changing Tips for After You Graduate

November 8, 2019 12 By Stanley Isaacs


Hey PashFam it’s Angelia Trinidad CEO and
Founder of Passion Planner and you’re watching The GameChanger where I share
game-changing ideas that have helped me on my journey to becoming a millionaire.
So today’s topic is my top 10 tips of navigating post-grad, life like if I
could go back to younger Angel and tell her these things right when I graduated
right before I graduated I would hopefully, it’s something that you find
useful so let’s get into them. So the first one is to use your planner and use
your planner in the way that it’s intended so at the beginning of Passion
Planner, you have a passion roadmap and the Passion Roadmap really is that thing
where you brain vomit all of the things that you’re excited about in life
whether that is learning a new skill or doing something after that you’re
supposed to take the thing that’s gonna have the most positive impact in your
life and you break that down into steps in your game changer so that will give
you an instant feeling of direction and that instant feeling of direction is
something that you can be excited about if you have this thing that’s showing
you hey you’re making progress even if it’s just crossing off one checklist
item or like I’m gonna schedule these 30 minutes to read and then I’m gonna do it
I’m gonna check it off like that act I think for me at least really makes me
feel like my life is moving in a positive direction that I want. So
utilize your passion planner and utilize it as a tool that helps you stay excited
about life it’s not supposed to be a chore it’s supposed to be a gift that
you give yourself every day, so, that’s the first thing the next thing is to try
your best to avoid debt. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t spend your money
because I really think money is a tool to help you live a more fulfilled life
and I don’t think that you should hoard your money but I also don’t think that
you should spend it so much that you become inundated with debt and I know
that some debt is like really hard to avoid but I also understand to have
financial freedom especially when you’re young it’s very easy to say, “hey Yolo
we’re gonna do whatever we want” and I’m saying that there’s a little Yolo that
you should do like but at the same time like be conscious about how debt affects
you being really conscious about your money being really conscious about your
expenses and asking yourself like hey can I borrow that or can I do with
something less is sometimes a good question to yourself
before you purchase something especially something big. So that’s my second tip. My
third tip is to try your very best not to compare yourself to others. So right
when you graduate some people will have a really strong plan of what they want
to do next and they’ll want to like have a job lined up, or an internship lined up
, or grad school lined up there’s so many people living so many different lives
that if you continue to compare yourself to others it’s always gonna make you
feel like you’re not enough and it’s kind of like this game that you’re never
gonna win because there’s no real winner it’s like we’re all living we’re all
existing we’re all on our own paths if you use passion planner to focus on what
you want and you know tell yourself hey I’m living in the direction that I want
hopefully that is enough as opposed to like comparing yourself on like social
media or comparing yourself to people in general. Social media makes it so easy to
do that so utilizing a journal or utilizing a planner that is something
that’s private for you that makes you feel like you’re moving the direct
direction is a way that I have stopped myself and comparing myself to where
people are on their own timeline so don’t compare yourself to others. So tip
number four is if you can make it work travel traveling when you’re young when
you don’t have responsibilities when you don’t have kids when you don’t have like
a mortgage it’s so much easier to do it when you’re young right out of college
there’s so many things that you can learn from trave, l how big the world is,
how different the world is but how similar it is all at the same time. When
I started at UCLA I made it a point to interview a lot of the seniors that I
knew and I asked them what is one thing that you wish that you did while you
were here and all of them I would say like 90% of them said study abroad
there’s a lot of opportunities out there really be voracious and like take the
initiative to find them because you never know what kind of new things
you’re gonna learn so I think if you can’t make it work travel so important
tip number five is to take on a internship in the industry that you’re
interested in so a lot of people take any internship and I think that that’s
okay too because you’re gaining experience, why not make it like directed and as intentional as possible. If you’re interested in making
film-like intern for someone that makes film, if you’re interested in being a
director intern for a director like give your time for free like tell them hey I
will be your assistant do whatever you need me to do and I just want to be
around because you’ll gain the experience of seeing what that job
actually entails, you’ll see the positives, you’ll see the negatives and
you’ll also make connections within the industry once someone understands that
you provide value to them, the more likely provide value to you so they’ll
give you advice or they’ll give you insight and you can potentially find a
mentor or find like a peer and I think that’s something that’s really, really
important I think that if you can find an internship in the industry that
you’re interested in that is like the really really ideal. Being able to say
hey I interned for this director and I was able to do X Y & Z and these were my
deliverables it’ll make you such a stronger candidate for that entry-level
job that you’re looking for. So definitely try to find an internship
within the industry that you’re interested in. So number six is to
continue your learning through books or the internet primarily I love learning
through books I’ve been reading continuously since I was a freshman in
college I felt like a lot of stuff that I was learning in school was coo,l but at
the same time it wasn’t really applicable, so I really wanted to like
learn content that I could apply right away so I read lots of books about
finance, self-help starting small businesses, memoirs of people that have
started small businesses and I think it really shifted my mindset into what I
thought was possible. It’s crazy because we go through college and there’s so
many things that we’re learning so quickly we’re learning like maybe four
or five subjects intensely like reading books writing essays and then we go out
of college and we’re like, “you can’t read one book?” utilize that power that you
have from education and apply it to your life that’s going to be so critical and
if you do that you for sure will be able to figure out how to become successful
in whatever field you want to pursue so that’s that. So tip number seven is to
find a mentor either online or in person. Sometimes I’m like, “oh I know everything”
and I wish that I didn’t have that attitude coming out of college, I feel
like retrospectively I would have really benefited from having a mentor that had
walked the same path that I wanted to walk and be able to ask them questions
there’s a great quote that says something like, “life’s short, you can’t
make all the mistakes, you have to learn from other people’s mistakes” and I
really think that’s true. If you can save the time and the energy and the angst to
learn a lesson through someone else’s mistake like why not. We have like a
limited time on this planet to make something of our lives we can’t make all
the mistakes utilizing a mentor having that humility
to say hey I don’t know if really know exactly what I’m doing
can you give me some sort of question or direction is gonna be really really
helpful so that’s my number seven. So number eight is to create systems to
keep you accountable so for me that’s utilizing Passion Planner that’s
utilizing my friends so utilizing systems to keep you accountable is super
important because in school you have these all the time they’re called grades,
but after you graduate there’s not clear-cut consequences for not doing
something but what Passion Planner is, is this thing that helps you stay
accountable, helps you figure out if I want to get to this goal that I need to
stay dedicated to these deadlines, I need to stay dedicated to these checkpoints
and need to stay dedicated to these habits and through that you will be able to
feel like you’re moving forward and I think that’s super important. One thing
that I do with my life coach every week is he asks me like, “hey what do you want
me to hold you accountable for this week?” and even if you don’t have money to have
life coach, you could have a friend that asks you that question you can also do
it in your planner but what I found is having a real person to answer to, really
affects how I’m going to try my best to perform because I think that for me
personally like I don’t like letting people down, like if I say something I
want to try to keep my word and sometimes when you write it down it’s
there and it’s stronger than not writing it down but it’s not as powerful as
having someone hold you accountable. Tip number nine is staying physically active
and finding a routine to do that it’s been something that I’ve been working
through the thing that really helped me get out of depression was playing
basketball, playing pick-up basketball that was so pivotal for me to be around
people and be active and move my body doing
something active will do so much, well it’s done so much for me for my mental
health definitely would say find something that you like to do actively.
So tip number ten is don’t take everything so seriously. So for me, I’m
someone that super serious a lot of the times I have to tell myself like hey
it’s not that serious you’re gonna be fine.
I think in the college system and prepping for the college system and
going through the college system is really intense we’re just trying to
constantly be so serious so we can achieve and for me being so serious
takes a lot of fun out of things and I think that post-grad life is a journey
it’s not something that you’re gonna get right away.
There’s gonna be so many times we’re gonna change your mind and that’s okay. A
lot of times people don’t change their mind because they take this also
seriously, like if you decide to do something differently than what you set
out to do the world’s not gonna end there’s this great Oprah quote that I
love where she says, “You don’t have to have your whole life figured out, you
have to just figure out the next step.” If you figure out the next step and then
you figure out the next right step and you figure out the next right step
that’s kind of how I like to approach my life, like life will be less stressful
then trying to figure it all at once. So those are my top ten tips for
navigating post-grad life so hopefully this helps, if you like this video please
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