San Jose Baby

“Sure ya are”

It’s cliché to move to California. A million people move west for a million different reasons, most of them outlandish. Expressing the desire to make such a move garners mixed responses from folks in the mid-west. Some of us live and die without residing beyond the borders of our home state or an immediate neighbor. As a result, intent to call the golden state home is often commended by mouth, but brushed off by the eye-balls. Southern hospitality at it’s finest!

2896131064_8533e53007_oWhat us “hopefuls” have in common is the unconventional belief that upon arrival the clouds will part, light will shine down, and the heavens will rejoice: “Welcome home,” at which point all of life’s problems evaporate into thin air. California brah.

I’m not entirely naïve, but it’s difficult to let go of the belief that California saves lives and all too easy to find proof that it in fact doesn’t. It’s stupid to consider the failures and successes that come out of California because they aren’t you. The statistics shouldn’t be ignored so long as they don’t prevent you from actually doing it. I watched too many peers sell themselves short because the “odds” were against them.

A comfortable life is what everyone around you is living. Those dreamers you’ve never met? They left decades ago, failed until they got it right, but live a bit more comfortable now and somewhere a little more scenic as well. It’s not about the material things or the view. Those are the rewards for overcoming what the rest of the world could not. Ultimately, you’ve become a better version of yourself, one that will never stop improving because he can.

“Valley of Heart’s Delight”

San Jose, CA. The third largest city in the state and the tenth largest in the country. Also home to the highest cost of living in the United States thanks to the big-name internet and technology companies that coined the term “Silicon Valley.” A high unemployment-rate and influx of job-seekers make San Jose one of the least job-friendly cities in the country. For whatever reason techies and entrepreneurs alike still flock to the valley. One day myself included.

I don’t plan to move to California for the sprawling urban metropolis, Hollywood, the OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAnight-life, or any of the typical motives. I do want the weather, but it’s just a plus. I’ll live in California for the people. I want to surround myself with people who think to the same extreme, but in entirely new directions. I want to engage driven people and have my thought processes challenged and refined.

If I surround myself with people who think as I do, and more importantly those who don’t, I know success is the only option. As great as that sounds, I recognize the enormity of such an undertaking and don’t expect everything to fall perfectly into place. Life’s challenges have shaped who I am today. Rather than avoid what life may have in store, I’ll tackle the biggest challenge I can think of.

Another year and I’m CA bound.

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Prompt from Make It Anywhere

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The Mission

My goal here is three things:

  1. Connect with young adults who recognize the faults in higher education.
  2. Connect with driven individuals who confidently possess the capacity to actualize their dreams and control their future.
  3. Contribute every piece of beneficial information I have and will come across in my path to success.

I’m surrounded by people who, at 20-21 years old, are entirely convinced that earning a degree and nabbing an entry-level job at a decent corporation, only to spend the next five decades working towards a middle to upper-middle management position is it. And by ‘it’ I mean life.

The past decade proved that technology will only continue to make climbing the “personal” ladder to success preferable to a corporate one.  We live in a world where elementary ideas spawn multi-million dollar corporations.

Ultimately, I want to communicate with those who share a similar perception on life. Communicating with like-minded people is essential to following one’s passions. Stick around if you agree or stick around if you don’t because inspiration is contagious.

Featured Image: Hawai’i 1997 Photo By [Patrik M. Loeff https://www.flickr.com/photos/bupia/15239620702/]