• Earns $35,000 per year
• Has some college, but has not graduated
• Is overweight
• Has 11 jobs during their lifetime
• Has $34 in their wallet
• Watches 2 hours 49 minutes of television per day
• Lives in an 1,800 square foot home
• Has a net worth of $96,000
• Has more than $40,000 in debt after graduating College
• Hates their job
I could go on and on about averages, but I would rather not because it is too easy to be average in America. The question that we should be asking is how do we become above average?
Here are three ways to break out of the Averages.
As you read the average American spends almost three hours per day in front of the television (that is 21 hours per week, 1,092 hours a year, or 46 full days, or 136 eight hours days a year in front of the television!!!) This number doesn’t even include all the time spent on facebook, Google, Pinterest, or Twitter!
What could you do with an extra month and a half in your year? Maybe you could start side business? Work out a little bit? Connect with some new people? Read a few books to help you reach your goals?
If you can find time to cut out one hour of television per day then that will give you 365 hours this year or an extra 15 days! Make a resolution to do this and read books, start that side business you want, or exercise. Your road to above average will come quickly!
It is amazing that over 50% of Americans have some college, but have NOT graduated. If you want another statistic: The unemployment rate is over 8% among all Americans, but it is only 4% among college graduates. WOW!!!
I regularly hear from people that they are too old to go back to college and it would take four years. My answer: Four years from now will be four years from now whether you finish college or not! If it is going to help you improve your situation then you should do it!
Now I do not believe that your degree will determine your success, but I do believe that it does open doors. It will help you get your foot into the door…it will help you meet people…and it shows that you finish what you start.
Change your Career
The average American does not like their current job and does nothing about it. It fascinates me that people admit they dislike their current job, but continue to go to work. I could not imagine spending my entire life in a job that I dislike.
If you are currently one of the 52% of people who dislike their job then I suggest looking at doing something about it! Utilize that extra hour you will get each day to look for a new job, re-write your resume, and find something you love to do!
Maybe you are stuck in a comfortable situation…you like the money, but hate your job! I was there…I was making six figures and hated everything that I had become. If this sounds like you then I suggest checking out the great recourses at www.48days.com.
If this is too difficult for you then just take $35 and place it in your wallet…that makes you above average too!
Let’s make 2013 your year! The year you take control of your life and it all starts with one less hour of television per day!