Just one day without a notification.

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Since the beginning of the new millennium, there has been many inventions such as mobile tablets, touch-screen cell phones, voice-controlled electronics, and several other mobile devices. Although the majority of the new devices were mostly created by the millennials, they have been able to control both millennial and baby-boomers. These devices are fun; they are income boosters; they are our livelihoods; and essentially, they are distractions.

Imagine yourself leaving your cellphone,at home for a day. Crazy, right? Well, believe it or not, there has been a period in time where there were not any mobile devices. It was called America B.C. (America Before Cellphones). I remember vividly when having to wait to get home from school to check my email to find out there was nothing important waiting for me in the inbox; or times when I got home and checked the cordless phone only to see if there are any missed calls. During these times (America Before Cellphones), you could walk down the streets and converse with a total stranger or actually see the world itself outside of an LCD. And even before the cordless phone age, there was no such thing as ‘caller’s ID’. You had to actually pick up the phone to see who was calling. Those times were called life.. you know, like going to a party and everyone’s not into their phone or snap chatting every moment that could be captured. Those were the days.

Life without cellphone could bring us peace. The creators goal was to create a new age world …. Guess what? They did. They’re goal was to create never-ending advertising. I recommend friends and sometimes strangers to go one day without responding or reacting to a single notification. It would give you the joy of the times before cellphones.

4 Tips for one day without a notification

Disable all  of your notifications. Start off slow. Disabling all of your notifications on your phone will allow you to have a peace of mind. It sets the foundation for not having to check your phone consistently whenever there is a notification. There are times when we can utilize our time better to create opportunities for ourselves or maybe read a book or people watch. In this day in age, usually a phone call is more important than the Facebook or Instagram notification you’re receiving, unless your business is tied to it.

Delete your frequently used apps. We all have tried this. Sometimes it’s very addicting to check your friend’s Facebook post, or check that funny snapchat your high school friend just sent while in Italy on vacation. Deleting your frequently used app for a day will allow comfort to your brain. Now, if you’re a faithful everyday user of your favorite app, this will allow you some time away. Just like any relationship, we all have to have that ‘me time’ away from the things that we love the utmost.

Entrepreneur vs. 9 – 5

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Do you ever go into your workplace day in and day out thinking why am I here? I’m willing to bet that it’s probably because of a stable paycheck, a great insurance plan and/or a 401K and stock plan. Don’t be surprised, because more than 50% of US employees are doing so. A lot of times career driven indivudals go to their place of work having their mind set on Friday. That’s what everyone is looking forward to. No one likes to live their life controlled by a 40-hour work week or continue to make their boss and their boss’s boss rich. A lot of times we accept what is given to us. It’s not that you don’t have that idea, it’s because you’re skeptical on putting that idea into action.

A new study shows that America now has over 27 entrepreneurs that are starting or running a new business. That means that almost one in four Americans are creative on establishing income for themselves and also others.

 

The Worker vs. Entrepreneur

A huge percentage of millennials are graduating college expecting to have a job after completion of school. Most jobs are requiring three, four, five or maybe even ten years’ experience in certain fields. Having a job or career is not a bad thing for everyone. But after going to school for four, six or eight years sucks after not being able to find a job.

There are several new millennial lawyers working in a field that they didn’t go to school for. In fact, for the lawyers that are able to get hired and into their field, they put in countless hours in order to become successful and work for others. However, the fact that as a millennial, you trade your time for money and get paid only when you work is enough to make you realize that everything is wrong with this approach. As Warren Buffett said, “If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die.”

The entrepreneur is always looking for opportunities. An entrepreneur looks into paying themselves while sleeping and a worker looks for eight hours of pay within a day.

 

3 major advantages on being an entrepreneur

Control. You control what time you would like to start work. Not only that, but you get to choose what you love to do. Now, the information that was aforementioned about a job is true. As state before, there’s nothing wrong with having a 9-5 if that’s what you like, but controlling the time, place and how you want to create money is always awesome.

Freedom. When you’re working for a company, you’re most likely expecting a bonus at the end of the year. You’ve put in countless hours, meetings, held out on PTO, took ownership, etc. However, the bonus you get at the end of the year doesn’t meet your expectations Well, working for yourself gives you the freedom to know what you’ll be paying yourself in the form of a bonus at the end of the year. Why? Because it’s based on what you dictate.

Excitement. Have you ever been at a social event and an individual asked you, “So, what do you do?” Having the excitement of telling someone that you’re an entrepreneur, business owner, or a self-employed sounds super exciting. The excitement that you have entered into allows you to tap into your inner thoughts and skills that you didn’t know you had.

There are pro’s and cons to both. Just like anything else in life. We all choose the road we want to go down and we all have the option to go around the fork in the road. Entrepreneurship could actually show the fruits of your labor if you put that same passion into it the way you put it into a 9-5. Which do you feel is better? What’s your long-term approach? Entrepreneur or the 9-5 ? What do you think are the pros and cons for both?

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