You can learn and grow more in a year than you ever thought possible.
Late November of 2017 marked my official start as a Home At 30 contributor. I had seen the site go live that summer, originally a one-man show with Josh writing about college, career, and wealth advice.
The first year has seen substantial overall growth in site traffic, available articles and content, and big ideas for the future. There is some incredible stuff coming in 2019, that’s for sure.
This last year has also been a time of personal/career development on my end as well. I’d always wanted to be a part of something outside of my main job, and this was the perfect kickstart to the world of side-hustling. I’m glad I’ve kept in touch with Josh since high school and tracked this awesome project from its beginning last summer. The future is bright!
I wanted to have a look at some of the primary takeaways from a year outside my previous comfort zone. It has been fun and challenging, with the following points sticking out about the rest.
Writing is an Invaluable Life Skill
My day-to-day life in sales involves a mixture of research, phone calls, and emails. While each company and deal is unique, many of the overall themes are repetitive. Content creation was never something I had to focus on until joining Home At 30. Just sitting down and forcing yourself to write 1,000 words has a mental effect I had never experienced before.
Content creation and writing for others feels like a stimulant, much like a tall Starbucks coffee. The ideas get flowing and you seem to get more and more creative as the article takes shape. Any mental brain fog you had before is gone. Beyond the content itself, this translates into everything else you are doing that day; a true long-lasting burst of energy and focus.
Learning to write and generate content regularly has improved my ability at my day job considerably, and also provides many bursts of creativity when a challenge arises.
Leaving the Comfort Zone
After several long hours of work at the office, it’s so easy to hang it up for the remainder of the day. Between TV, happy hours, and relaxation outside work, it’s not easy to dedicate a lot of time to something else.
Whatever our daily schedule looks like, there’s always room for something a bit outside our comfort zone. This could be a sports team, a public speaking class, volunteer work, whatever. In the Home At 30 example, it’s a website providing weekly advice and content.
Spending time outside of the office working on content and ideas for this project has pushed me far beyond my old “comfort zone”. It’s a time and effort commitment, but a rewarding one at that!
In your own life, try to seek opportunities to push the envelope and get uncomfortable. It’s a great catalyst for growth and development for all of us.
Learning on the Fly
Each article that we write has its own element of research, to make sure info is relayed to the masses is accurate and up to date. It’s almost like a series of mini-research projects to put out articles on interesting topics. I learned a ton with the Home Buying Guide, one of the longest pieces of writing I’ve ever done. Shorter pieces like the ones on bitcoin or the Federal Reserve were research-heavy as well.
Making sure we stay up to date on important topics in the financial world is something we can all get better at. Having the ability to constantly write about these interesting topics keeps it fresh and fun. Every reader can take note of this as well – there’s no better way to get a grasp on a topic than writing about it!
It’s All About Giving Back
Of all the themes and articles Home At 30 provides, I believe that one message rings true across the board: It’s all about adding value to the lives of readers, based on the experiences Josh and I have had with college, career, and wealth. We’ve both had our own trials and challenges along the way, as well as triumphs and accomplishments. Sharing those lessons with others is a great way to increase awareness about the common pitfalls many young folks fall into early in their education and careers.
Going from a finance background at Northeastern and moving into a technology sales role in the field was a big leap. Much of what I spent hours learning in the classroom at school is not used in my day-to-day. Sharing what I learned not only serves to help our base of readers but also helps me to stay fresh. Recycling those valuable lessons for everyone to read is a win-win.
If an article we write can help just one person out there make a better decision about their college search, or mortgage options, or their 401k, it’s all worth it in my book.
All opinions expressed on this blog are solely those of Home at 30 and are in no way affiliated with any other organization or institution. The purpose of this blog is to give general education and information about investing, wealth, careers, and college; It is not intended to be professional advice.
Author: Joe Savoia
Joe is a 2014 graduate of Northeastern University and currently works in a field sales role for technology company Acquia. He has worked internationally as one of Acquia’s earliest Australia-based employees and helped in the early stages to develop that region. Today Joe is based out of Boston and lives in Somerville, MA. Joe’s primary interests vary widely, including everything from robotics/AI to finance, blockchain, and the rapidly evolving world of tech we live in.