When I was younger, I was told that if I go to college or work my way up in retail, I'll be successful. "Rubbish", the 6 year old me said! Looking at the depressed and malcontent people around me who had "worked their way up" or went to college, I knew immediately that I didn't want to end up like them. Seven years later, at age 13, I began attempting to make money by repairing computers, phones, and game systems around my neighbourhood, and I actually managed to save up $500 from it. The next 3 years (14-17) consisted of me learning new skills, that way I could at least use one of those skills to get a job that I enjoy doing. Fast forward a year later, when I turned 18, my parents insisted that I get a "real job" or go to college, as those are the only routes to success that they can comprehend. Arguing was futile, so I decided to get a job at Target and use it as a disguise while I worked on my real goals in my free time. Life at Target was abysmal; employees whinging about management, irate customers, unrealistic goals, and decadent LODs (Lead on Duty) taking 5 hour breaks reminded me of why I've never had an employee mindset. I inevitably had to quit 4 months later due to a conflicting schedule with babysitting my sister(it's not like I was making a lot at Target anyway), and I'm currently "going to college" as a disguise while I work on honing my affiliate marketing skills in hopes of a better tomorrow. So has anyone else been told to get a "real job" or go to college before?