To all my 80’s babies/90’s kids, this time in history is tough on our psyches. We were born at a time when America was thriving and many of us saw education as a way to keep things going in the right direction. None of us knew that we weren’t the only ones thinking that. We passed our classes, earned our A’s and B’s, and were labeled “academically gifted,” only to find out that everyone’s parents were getting their kids in the A.G. classes too. We were the generation that made “exceptional” the norm. That fact has put our generation in an interesting position: Many of us are self-proclaimed geniuses who have had to work nonsensical jobs for the first two to three out of college just to earn an entry-level position with benefits at an age where we should be focused on advancing our career. And it’s frustrating. Take it from me. I’ve had x-number of jobs in the nearly 3 years since I’ve been out of school, each of them dead ends and each of them adding no more value to my life than the number of bills they can pay. For someone who was brought up being told he would one day change the world, it’s a humbling reality to face. But then I thought back to what my grandmother often said during the years that my family struggled financially: “You do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.” Realizing that, I know I just have to work harder to break through the wall that has been set before me. That’s the only option because mediocrity is not. So work your nonsensical job for however many hours they will give you and then go home and read and get stronger and build your brand so that, when the opportunity comes, you will be ready. Do what you have to do.