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          For any young entrepreneur, the daunting routine of waking up every day, reporting to work, stretching your physical, mental, and emotional limits to fulfill someone else’s dream is devastating. Not to mention, many of us millennials in general have fallen into the corporate America trap that tells us we need to borrow tons of money to get an education so that in turn that education can provide us with a “decent” (used loosely) job to allow us to spend our lives paying back all that was borrowed. I wake up every morning and say, “I am more than that. I am better than that. I can be better, I can DO better!”

          …but these bills, though.

          And I proceed to get ready and report to work. Settling for a mediocre check, merely because it’s “guaranteed” every week; lowering my personal standards; ignoring my personal goals and aspirations, ultimately disrespecting myself. All for a company who can get rid of me whenever they please. Why give someone else that power over you?

         In comparison, anyone who has ever been through a bad break up or recovered from a relationship in which you were the one doing most of the giving, and in turn lost not only the relationship, but lost sight of your own worth and sight of your own goals can relate to what I’m about to say.

          “The best thing that Corporate America and, my ex, could have EVER done for me was teach me how to live without them. “ – Mario Reed

          Imagine being fired or laid off from a job that you woke up every day and gave your all to. 60-80 hours a week, plus a horrific commute to and from home. Imagine being a victim of both the corporate and socio-American trap that has you struggling to balance bills, student loans, and a wannabe “lavish” lifestyle. Imagine feeling inadequate when you are trying to do your utmost best.. Imagine feeling like everything you’ve worked for has been  cut off or taken from you. Some can relate to this message through corporate America, others through a stressful relationship. My life has afforded me the experience of both and I couldn’t have asked God for better lessons.

          Imagine the life lessons learned when you begin to receive the measly unemployment checks that used to be your lunch and gas money for the week, but now have to become mortgage and car payments. You stretch yourself, you humble yourself, you learn about yourself, and more so, what you stand for and believe in. The same exact lessons come from breakups. You assess yourself, rebuild yourself, and become 10x stronger with your broken pieces than you EVER were as a whole previously.

          At least what you thought was whole.