Hi, my name is German (don’t confuse my name with a nationality), and welcome to Career Revolutionary!
How often do you ask yourself these questions: “Am I happy with my life? Am I fulfilled at my work?” If these questions are stuck in you head for quite a while, then this is the right place for you, and I am more than glad to help you to start forging your path to success and fulfillment on your own terms.
BRIEF PERSONAL DATA
Full Name: German Nagaev
DOB: March 6, 1995
POB: Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Hobbies: Gym, drawing, geography, travel, biking
MY STORY – WHAT BROUGHT ME HERE
Mar. 1995 – Aug. 2014: I was young and naïve
Until I was around 22, I lived my life “by the script,” on someone else’s terms. Once I was about 12-13 years old, pretty much everyone around me started to drill this mantra into my head: “Go to school, get good grades, go to college/university, so you can get a good-paying, stable job at a reputable company. If you won’t do it, you won’t be successful.”
So I blindly accepted this advice and followed this wisdom, believing this is the only viable way to success. I completed high school, and got two diplomas: an IB (International Baccalaureate) diploma, and a regular high school diploma. Although I was never a “straight A” student, I was still accepted to the electrical engineering major at one of the good Canadian universities. “I’m one step closer to success,” I thought back then. “My parents are proud, so I must be on the right track!”
Sep. 2014 – Aug. 2015: The soul-searching has begun
In September 2014, I started my first semester at university, excited to start this new chapter in life. I attended every single lecture and lab, tried to stay on top of my work. That semester was almost a “straight A” semester. Life was good.
However, during the 2014-15 New Year break, the first seeds of doubt had appeared. I started asking myself: “Is electrical engineering something I actually want to do in life? Is it even my passion?” That is when the soul-searching process had started for me.
I explored various opportunities that I felt interested in, and that would pay me well (I was still trapped by conventional wisdom). The first thing on my mind was acting. I had drama courses in middle and high school, which I found extremely engaging. Since I always enjoyed drama, I decided give it a go in turning it into a full-time career.
However, my parents weren’t so supportive about this decision, arguing that acting is not a “practical” career, and I’ll never make enough money for living as an actor. My plans were immediately crushed, and I had to succumb to my parents’ thinking, resigning back to electrical engineering. I also had to find a co-op position in this field.
Please, don’t get me wrong! I really love my parents, and I am extremely grateful for all their contribution to my growth. I also believe that what I’m doing right now will compensate all the resentment and hardships that were in my relationship with them, and I will be able to help them whenever they need.
Sep. 2015 – Jan. 2016: The beginning of “Dark Ages”
Fall of 2015 was the beginning of what I like to call my “Dark Ages”; the time when things started to go down south for me and life just didn’t seem to work out in my favor. Back then, I started my sophomore year of electrical engineering major. This was the time when I was totally convinced that electrical engineering is definitely not something I would want to do for the rest of my life. Even though most classes were a bore, I still attended all the lectures and labs, even though some of them felt like a forced labor. I studied hard for exams that semester, though I failed one of them, thus failing that one course. Apart from having to listen to a 90-minute lecture from my parents, I became depressed myself.
Jan. 2016 – Mar. 2016: Hitting the bottom
For the entire winter term of 2016, I had almost no motivation to go to classes. In addition to this, my parents expected me to find a co-op position. Even though co-op was an optional thing in my university, my parents for some unknown reason believed that it was mandatory, otherwise, according to them, I would not be able to start my Senior year, and hence won’t graduate. However, due to my depression, I wasn’t in mood for applying for co-op jobs, asking myself a rhetorical question: “Who the hell would hire me with the grades that I have?”
The only thing I had in my mind at that time was to drop out of electrical engineering and switch to industrial design. I remember my parents praising my artistic skills when they saw my drawings and SketchUp works, so I decided that the pursuit of industrial design would make my life a bit more exciting. I spent most of the semester doing all sorts of things that I could add to my portfolio.
I believed it would be a good idea to share my plans with my parents, but their reaction was no the one I expected. They told me that with an industrial design degree, I would easily lose a job. Their advice in this case sounded something like this: “Finish electrical engineering, and then do what you want.” I again succumbed to their opinion, and felt lost at the same time, because I did not feel happy in my field.
Mar. 2016 – Aug. 2016: It felt like a devastating defeat
Resigning back to the field that I dreaded, I started applying for co-op positions. I eventually started sending dozens of applications per day, full of hope that I will get at least one response. Eventually, I was able to land a first interview, but later it brought me nowhere; I didn’t get a job.
I tried to stay positive and continued my job search for co-op. After I got my grades from the Winter semester, my GPA dropped below the minimum GPA required to maintain my co-op option. Luckily, the advisers gave me time to find a job before mid-June. I started applying to almost every single job that popped up in the job bank. I got a second interview, which also did not get me any results that I hoped for; I’ve never even heard back from the company. Neither did they answer my calls.
It was almost end of June, and my time to get a summer position for co-op was almost up. The last resort for me to get a co-op was to go to employment agencies. However, there wasn’t much they could do to help me. Even all regular summer jobs such as barista or cashier were filled.
I felt defeated. For the rest of the summer, I did everything I could to avoid any lectures from my parents about my failed job search, and counted days until the start of school, hoping that around then I’ll be able to work things out.
Sep. 2016 – Aug. 2017: So close to settling for mediocrity
Around late September 2016, I got a minimum-pay, part-time job at the call center, and was excited to start. Meanwhile, I studied extremely hard to boost my GPA and restore my lost co-op option. Because I didn’t want to disappoint my parents, I didn’t tell them that I’ve lost co-op. Although I studied hard and worked, I felt miserable deep inside; all my goals and dreams seemed unreachable.
Even though I managed to boost my GPA to restore my co-op option, I still felt unhappy and burned out.
The excitement at work faded away and my job started to bore me to tears. My entire week was full of classes and work shifts; no room for social or personal life. After getting back in co-op, I started to learn every skill possible just to add it to my resume and land that co-op position.
Additionally, I got enough courage to convince my parents that co-op is not a mandatory criterion for graduation. Finally, they were convinced.
What was more relieving at that time was that I got a job at the company where one of my relatives is working. While I worked there as a researcher, I also applied for an internship back in my home country, Russia. I really hoped to get that position, since it would allow me to spend 4 months at home. For two months, the application process was going well, until one day… I received a letter of rejection. My plans to go back home were crushed in one blink.
After recovering from this short depression, I contacted the HR to find out why I wasn’t selected. In response, I got this answer: “We don’t provide such information.” This answer didn’t make me feel any better.
Aug. 2017 – Present: The light at the end of the tunnel
Then suddenly, a thought popped up in my mind, which significantly changed my course of life: “How about if I try to start my own business?” That’s when I started to research various ideas for my business. While researching for ideas, I’ve also read tons of stories of people who got sick and tired of working for someone else and pursued online entrepreneurship to achieve their dreams. I was so inspired by their stories that I started a self-reflection, which brought me to a conclusion that I’m destined for something better than just an “average life.” Another lesson I learned is that my ideal career is the one that grants me freedom; freedom of career growth, financial freedom and personal freedom. Therefore, an online business would be my best solution to my problem.
Then one day, I’ve joined an amazing community of coaches and mentors who are always here to help whenever you need. Thanks to them, I am always learning something new about making money online and making significant progress towards launching my online business.
WHY DO I WANT TO HELP YOU
Around 95% of population are still trapped by the conventional wisdom that still dictates this obsolete mantra: “Go to school, get good grades, and find a secure job. If you work hard enough, you will retire at the age of 65, and will have a good pension to live on.”
So, they follow or start to follow this dictate. Now, look what happened to these people? They are stuck in a rat race; they are trading their time for money, living paycheck to paycheck. In some cases, this capped paycheck barely allows some people to just make it through the month, let alone paying all their bills. This situation is part of the reason why 85% of employees around the globe hate their jobs. Yes, these are real statistics.
There are also people who are less lucky with employment; this includes the youth. Even though they’ve received their degrees, many college graduates are still struggling to find a job. The youth unemployment statistics are terrifying; over 80 million college graduates worldwide are jobless. The struggle to find a job leaves young people within this statistic almost no choice but to retreat back to their parents’ house to live in their spare bedrooms, yet drowning in student loans.
This information should be just convincing enough for people to abolish this outdated mantra about “getting good grades and looking for a stable job.” In today’s world with this rapidly changing economy, people, especially youth, need new directions, new advice regarding success, in finances, career, and life in general.
We’re all tired of working uninspiring jobs (or trying to find one), trading our time for money, living paycheck to paycheck, constantly struggling financially, and counting years until retirement to enjoy our lives! Life is too short for all this crap! We need a change!
Therefore, the purpose of Career Revolutionary is to
- Convince you that conventional way is NOT the only way to become a successful person
- Help you to escape the dead-end corporate life and explore another path to success, prosperity and financial freedom; it will only require a laptop, smartphone, or a tablet, and Internet access
- Provide you with information and guidelines that will help you design the career that will allow you to live on your own terms
It is NEVER too late to start exploring this route to success, even while working your corporate job or attending college/university.
First this transformation may scare you; it is something totally new, outside of our comfort zone. But if you pursue it, put in our effort, patience and dedication, it will eventually pay off, and pay off gazillion times better than any corporate job.
However, the best way I can help you is if you can help me in return. The way you can help me is by providing me some constructive feedback (positive or negative) regarding my work. This will help me to understand how well am I doing my mission and ensure that you’re succeeding in your pursuit of your dream career.
Lastly, if you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,