For those young job seekers, or you unemployed slackers

Pretty much the ONE person I know who actually loves his job, and gets everything he wants out of it: Kunal Das. ┬áHere’s how he did it (and it’s not rocket science….well….unless you’re actually a rocket scientist):

It’s always helpful if you have a little guiding light before you graduate high school or college….and you get to talk to people who do what you wanna do.

For example, in high school I wanted to be a doctor (because I’m Indian)….so I joined a two-year program where I got to leave school every-other-day for 3 hours and shadow different types of doctors.


I learned several things from “sort-of-being” a doctor:

  • I despised the sterile medical environment.
  • I was NOT the slightest bit empathetic to patients (and therefore would be an awful doctor).
  • I noticed while doctors make decent money, their work wasn’t scalable.
  • I didn’t realize doctors have to put up with SO MUCH bullshit red tape, legal concerns, and insurance company crap.

…because I got to “see my future” I immediately knew I would NOT be willing to put much work into becoming a doctor, and would surely fail when it came time to difficult exams, MCAT’s and medical school.

Most people don’t get that chance, and go BLINDLY into some profession without thinking it through.

Those people usually end up hating their jobs.

Here was a GREAT article I wrote (correction: it’s just an Earl Nightingale article I re-created) about getting a job:

Blog posted on: March 2, 2012

18 comments on “For those young job seekers, or you unemployed slackers

  1. Cassandra

    Do you have any thoughts for those of us seeking temp/part-time/pool employment? I’m not seeking full time employment but I’m always up for something that pays decent that I can do off and on or for a short time span.

    1. Neville

      I mean short-term employment is relatively easy.
      It’s quick money, you don’t need a boat-load of skills necessarily, and you can often work from home.

      Try putting your resume up on Craigslist.

      HOWEVER that’s what everyone does.


      Something to that effect that indicated you can solve someone’s problem as an office manager, or small business house mom.

      1. Cassandra

        I like it! Doesn’t cost anything to try. And because you, Neville, said so, I’ll do it. I’ll check back later and let you know what happened.

  2. Arik Ermshaus

    Great Dojo–and the tip you wrote underneath is freaking awesome.

    I really know (except me) NOBODY from my friends who works in his free time in a company — the most don’t even employ with their future — alcohol and drugs seem to

    be more wanted than thinking about the future! Really great Dojo, Neville!

    1. Neville Post author

      It’s just a BIT of extra work…..but it has a huge impact on pretty much your next 70 years of life! Not sure why people don’t research it more.

      It’s the reason I never decided to get a job out of college. Seemed like I could make more money, do whatever I want, and build a real asset if I just did my own business.

  3. Erik S.

    I’m a Junior in college and I’ve been trying find like minded people to start a business with or just even talk some real talk about life. I try to introduce some awesome content like Tim Ferriss (4HWW) or you and Fatass Sumo dojo greatness to my friends and they either look at me like I’m crazy or never look at it and never get into it. I’ve tried to email the entrepreneur club but it’s disorganized and never have any events.
    Hmmm maybe I should start a better one.

    So, What do you suggest for meeting people with similar goals? Do you have any resources to learn about networking? or maybe I should just ask, What can I do today to form more valuable relationships?

    I love all the content you put out man, it’s great.
    I’m going to be getting the Sumo blueprint very soon and I’m probably gonna give it 5 tacos

    1. Neville Post author

      Erik….you should DEFINITELY read (or listen) to this post I did:

      The short point: READ…or consume material that helps you do stuff (like my stuff, Tim Ferriss…whoever).

      We have FREAKIN YOUTUBE in this day in age where you can learn so much and get influenced by so many others, that it almost doesn’t matter your friends all have lame mentalities.

      BTW, the Sumo Blueprint will show you how to start validating your ideas realllly quickly so you can actually build a business that is proven before building. You’ll see what I mean when you watch!

    2. Cash

      Do something for yourself partners are hard work if they don’t pull their weight ie: work load 75/25 profit 50/50 = argumants

  4. Caleb Lee

    Hey, i’m 17 and wanting to start an ecommerce business. I’ve tried to set up a paypal account buy it’s required that you are 18. Is there any way around this, or another way to set up payments?

  5. corrieLyn Moormann Carreno

    I have been badly jonesing for all your books for too long.Rent just went up and I’m breaking outcome records.Is there some fascinating challenge or task that you have been more than interested seeing completed that you can assign me so I can trade? Thanks for being wads better than most destinations. I’m saying goodbye because I’m hungry. I hope there is some Hershey’s syrup.

    ps.I confess I didn’t check out Diet Kourse in case it contained a dis on sugar.

  6. sumo

    I bought something off appsumo a while back, but it looks like the site has gone off the cliff since then. I have to weed through trash just to get to decent stuff. Burn the trash and save your rep.

  7. Anonymous

    When you are in college, or even earlier, find out your talents and passions. The idea is you should find out. The sooner you do it, the better. Seek the help of your parents, friends and or the Career Center at school and see what path you’ve to carve to reach your goals. I think if you pick an avenue with an excellent chemistry between a talent and passion, success follows!

  8. Bryce

    I wish I would have shadowed some jobs in the area I went to school for. I could have gotten a degree in an area that I am actually interested in, rather than one that sounded good at the time. Now I know why you shouldnt commit so much time to a field of study without researching it thoroughly beforehand.


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