When Jonathan Mendonsa was 18, he researched which college degrees lead to the highest income.
Pharmacy was near the top of the list of high-paying degrees, so Jonathan decided to become a pharmacist. He wasn’t motivated by passion or calling. His decision was purely tactical. He wanted to make money.
He spent four years in college, followed by another four years of graduate school. By age 28, he held a Doctorate in Pharmacy and an astounding $168,000 in debt.
This debt burden might have been bearable if Jonathan loved his chosen profession. For people who love their fields, tuition is the price of being able to enjoy a lifetime of work they love.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t Jonathan’s story. He never held a passion for pharmacy; he viewed it purely as a means to an end. Perhaps it wasn’t surprising, then, that shortly after becoming a pharmacist, he realized that this wasn’t what he wanted to do with his life.
He wanted to change careers. He wanted to pursue more meaningful, fun, interesting work.
He spent the next four years repaying his student debt. And finally, at age 32, he brought his net worth up to zero.