I was reading over Yaro’s business timeline and it got me thinking about how I got to this point of my life. Yaro’s version, I printed it out, is about 17 pages long and I’m a lot older than he is, so I’m going to have to edit the story dramatically or Greenpeace will be after me for needlessly killing forests … and we wouldn’t want that.
Therefore, what I decided to do was to look back at all the various ways that I have earned money in my life and see what skills and lessons I’ve taken from each one.
Here’s what to look forward to in the coming days [no not weeks].
- Dodging cars, dogs and bullies to make a couple bucks a week
- Always look busy, but don’t work too hard
- From $6/hr to $50/hr subcontractor
Waiter / Bartender
- A taste of the underground economy
- Sorry Mr. Greenpeace, but the money was great
- Cutting concrete at 20 below zero
- Never sign a contract where you get paid after the words “Net Revenue.”
Wood Furniture Artist to Picture Framer
- “What do you make?” I asked the 70 year old man standing in front of me. “Mostly sawdust” he replied.
- Part One – The Make or Break Decision, my chance to go big and get rich…did I pull it off?
- My brief career as Dilbert
- The last couple years trying to play nice with Google wearing hats of various shades of gray.
That should keep me busy for a while. There were some meaningful lessons learned in each and every one of those jobs. The time-spans spent in the jobs range from one day to 11 years.
Obviously, I’ve been cursed with a rather short term view of things career wise and only now, in my mid forties am I getting the value of taking a longer term outlook on making money.
It’s like I said to a friend of mine recently, you may not be committed to anything beyond getting out of bed the next day [he has suffered from the same job cycling syndrome as me], but despite that you probably are going live for 35 or 40 more years; so commitment is not really an issue. You are committed to having to earn enough for food and clothing a shelter for a long time to come, whether you like it or not.
If you take a wise approach to it the path can be made a lot easier.
I know that I have got it now and I do take a long term view and know that sticking with one direction is the easiest way to leverage my time to greater earnings.
A look back at all the mistakes made and valuable lessons learned seems to be really appropriate right now and I hope you find it interesting and informative.
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Watch for the Paper Route…coming soon,
- Jon Symons