Makaylah Rogers grew up with the mindset that she needed to get good grades in high school, to get into university and get a degree in medicine, engineering or physiotherapy. When she sat down with a guidance counselor to determine her college plans, the counselor said the most successful students majored in medicine, engineering or physical therapy.
“I remember sitting there with the guidance counselor,” Makaylah said, “and him saying I had to choose one”.
“And I remember shaking my head as I submitted my university application knowing that I wasn’t interested in any of those career paths”.
Then after high school graduation, Makaylah experienced a seizure in the middle of Perth city while she was working. After extensive testing, doctors determined her seizure had no medical cause but was the result of severe stress. That diagnosis led Makaylah to start rethinking her life path. She decided to put an end to the stress of ‘getting good grades’ for something she had no interest in. Rather than head straight to university, she took a gap year and traveled to the United States.
The Unbeaten Path
During that year, Makaylah came to the realization that her mission in life was to help people. She wanted to start a humanitarian movement to eradicate certain realities in the world that she believed didn’t need to exist, such as childhood trauma and abuse, poverty and money struggles. But her path wouldn’t be traditional. She no longer wanted to attend university, because there was no degree for what she wanted to do.
So instead of heading back to school like many of her peers, Makaylah choose to build a business that would create the wealth she planned to use to help people. She started a direct sales business in the United States and then returned to Australia to become a keynote speaker, work in real estate sales and build a couple other start-ups. She sold her first house at 19 while learning all she could about business and creating movements.
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Erin is the managing editor of MindShift.money and the owner of Lane Change Media. As a business owner and content provider, she takes her personal motto, “Don’t slow down, just change lanes” seriously. She lives in Los Angeles and has far too many pets.