From Dr. Christopher Salute’s That Professor Life Blog

Have you ever woken up and wished to own a neighborhood dry cleaners? No?

Yet, somehow… they exist… all over the country. Ever notice the parking lot? They’ve usually got a new luxury car in the corner…  Yeah… that’s the owners’ car. Someone who owns a Dry Cleaners understands a few things: 

  • Demand of a skill
  • Delayed Gratification
  • Scalability

You’ve heard the statistic that most folks change CAREERS (not jobs) 5-7 times on average. But, one thing is important to remember: your hard transferable skills never go away. What people don’t realize is that they’re not going to be living their dream life from the age of 22. All of the billionaires you read about… didn’t have an idea and talk about how cool it would be. They did things they didn’t want to do: 

  • Learned to code 
  • Accounting and Finance 
  • Sales and Copywriting

What’s that called? Demand of a Skill. 

Nobody wants to sit in a room for the rest of their life and code java the same way no musical artist wants to sit in a room and write songs. But, you learn these skills so that you can build something beautiful. 

We call that Delayed Gratification!

Once you understand that immediate gratification isn’t as important as long term goals and that you need to find hard skills to be employable and awesome… the next thing we can do is scale. What does that look like? 

Real Estate 

Vending Machines

Ebooks and Books 

Crypto and Investments 

Those all come from your salary. If I could do it all over again, I’d be an accountant or developer: get certified and work for a decade at something challenging so I can build teams. 

Nobody wants to own a Dry Cleaners. Everyone wants that nice car in the parking lot. Find your skill. Work at it. Scale yourself. Retire.