Taking Jobs Just Because “They Pay”
They are a waste of time and kill your moral and mental drive. There’s work you often take that you are not 100% invested in, but if you believe you cannot move forward because of inexperience you are underestimating yourself.
College (and College Debt)
Unless you are taking a job that requires a degree (like a doctor), college and the debt is a waste. The most successful people I know either never went to college or went to college for something completely different than their current job.
Saving to Retire
Overworking and being frugal to stash all your money away to finally live the life you want at age 62 (that’s if you retire “early”)? I’m all for having an emergency safety fund. A better method is saving for smaller goals throughout your life and living it. #1 and #3 are definitely related. As Seth Godin put it, “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”
Running for Health/Fat Loss
It’s tough on your joints. It’s boring and it doesn’t promote muscle strength. If you want to be 70 and not have to use a walker and still want to be able to carry grocery bags, you want to do strength training (weights) People are scared they’ll get “too big” (I’m looking at you, women). Ask any professional body builder, it takes a LOT of work (and food and sometimes “extra testosterone”) to get that way. Not only do stronger muscles help support your bones, but also make you leaner (muscle requires more energy to function).