Should it be about money?
My goal in life has never been trying to accumulate a lot of money. I grew up in a family business and started working when I was four. My father started to pay me a small salary of $10 a week around the age of thirteen. I opened a bank account the same year and put 50% in savings. I spent the rest on clothes, books, chemistry sets, gas powered model airplanes, rocket kits, art supplies and various hobbies. The joy came from having fun with my new toys not necessary the amount of money needed to buy them.
My parents concentrated on two goals for our family: earning a decent living and getting a college education. My father’s belief was entrepreneurial endeavors were the most important path while my mother felt it was more prudent to have her children possess a college degree. I decided to combine their philosophies with the attitude of enjoyment.
If you can’t make money with your passion, then earn enough to do it as a hobby
I couldn’t find a job as a songwriter when I arrived in Hollywood. Good Future Productions needed a film composer, I needed a job. By working several minimum wage jobs, I earned enough money to hire an arranger, pay for the recording studio, the musicians, and when I was finished I had produced a film score that impressed the director. My film score abilities led to other job opportunities though never enough cash for full time employment, but I had fun.
Instead of me waiting for a managerial opportunity, I decided to have an outgoing site manager arrange an interview for me for his job. By doing this I surpassed the waiting list prepared by upper management and arrived at the interview. When I was offered the job by upper management it surprised all the other candidates on the list.
Perfecting My Writing Skills
My Manager told me that I was the best writer in the company. Once on the job, I rewrote all training manuals plus I became the employee who would take on more writing projects, study various ways to write better business procedures and enrolled in an extension class from UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) in employment law updating hiring and training procedures for the branch. Though writing was a hobby it assisted in my promotions.
Learn from others who already are successful
When I decided to advance my business career I studied employees that were successful, not only in my own company, but in other companies. I asked a lot of questions, took a lot of notes and soon I was duplicating the same results. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel.
Make learning your mission
I love learning new things. It’s a passion. It was a joy to take night classes at Los Angeles Community College in management and entrepreneurship. I furthered my education at LACC with courses in grammar, accounting, business writing and human resources. When the promotions came, I was prepared, but first I enjoyed the learning process.