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Has Anyone Ever Told You to get a "Real Job"?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Zwielicht, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Moderator in Training Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    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?
     
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  2. HerpDerpSlerp

    HerpDerpSlerp Power Member

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    my reply always is: If you mean working hours defined by someone else and adjusting life around these hours missing out on opportunities of complete financial and schedule freedom I will pass but thanks for the offer. :)
     
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  3. chriswick

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    Freelancing is a real job; anybody who doesn't understand that freelancers can create and acquire work though the Internet is either dumb, ignorant or a mixture of both. One of the people I know of is a freelance weapons salesman who sells stuff to the Ministry of Defence, and probably makes more money than 99% of the people I know.
     
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    From 16 years old - I got a real job - during the university I was working as well (to sustain myself). About that - I had only the "jobs" that I wanted to have. Now I'm doing "nothing" and nobody is asking me to get a real job - but in your case you should get a REAL Job to get money to be able to buy some nice cloths, nice perfumes and buying some beers for girls (boys).
    IM is very good but you need to calculate your expenses versus your income. If you'll be on minus at the end of the day - take a Real Job and when you're on positive side think better and start the IM (as a background play).
    Not always you win enough from IM - some stories here are nice but there are few from many - thing twice :)
     
  6. James2

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    Yep. Don't listen. Those people are the same ones who will be sniffing your arse when you are making real bank.
     
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    The only people who have ever told me to get a "real job" are friends and family that I make more than. Just shows jealousy :) But so many non IMers think that making money online is either illegal, a scam, and get a load of this one, a "virus". I've heard them all..
     
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  8. James2

    James2 Senior Member

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    Have you heard "all you do all day is sit around Googling"?
     
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    Yes they did, but when they did, I just provided proof that I can do business instead, so no need to get a job.
    It was hard and painful for some time, but that's what pushed me to get to it.
     
  10. Zwielicht

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    While I don't have a fixed income, I'm certainly not facetious about how I spend the money I currently have (nice clothing is not an issue as I still look like I'm 15 years old, so I fit into everything that I've taken care of over the years. I also have no interest in perfume/cologne, alcohol, or covetous friends). What's interesting is that when I was at Target, I was losing money from the poor hours that I was getting. Not only did I lose money from having to constantly spend it on gas and car repairs, but I lost weight from not having enough money to sustain myself while I worked out in the sun (which is a bad thing for me; I'm underweight). I don't see internet marketing as a get rich quick scheme, I see it as an opportunity to learn something new and possibly open up new doors for me.
     
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    Why not get a haircut too? ;)

    All jokes aside, no one has yet to tell me this.
     
  12. Zwielicht

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    I've heard that before! My aunt once confronted me when I was 17 because she though that I was Googling pornography all day! :18:
     
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    yeah... but... you probably were at that time?
    lol
    j/k
     
  14. techfan

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    My wife tells me to get a real job everyday :(
     
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    Absolutely. I met my wife about 8 years ago and her family are die hard union employees. Go to school, graduate and then get a job with the union is the greatest life on earth in their opinion. I have been a self employed person from the day I was old enough to work. I had meaningless jobs (similar to your target gig) and other jobs where I actually made good money. When I left those jobs to start my own businesses it caused my in-laws to nearly lose it.

    None of those jobs gave me the same since of accomplishment as being self employed. Not even after I starting and selling 2 different companies, buying and selling/renting multiple rentals properties and having the financial means much greater than my in laws at 33 years old is what I am doing better in their minds than going out and getting a regular 9-5. They literally just found out that I am beginning a career in internet marketing and now all of a sudden I am going to blow every dollar I ever made trying to get it to work. Guess they'll be upset when I don't invite them to the lake house I buy with this business. :)

    On this same subject I went back to grad school a year ago to get my masters degree in Sociology and Psychology. I am writing my thesis on this very subject. How most of society is socialized to become employees and how the school system teaches kids to become workers and not thinkers/self starters. As Rockefeller said, "I don't want a nation of thinkers. I want a nation of workers." Needless to say his blueprint is seen in today's society. So, don't be so upset with those that say those things to you. Just realize they do not have the vision you and I have.
     
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    Boring people tell me that all the time. I tell them I have a real life.

    Working from 9 to 5 in a sweaty little cubicle and eating lunch when someone else thought lunchtime should be, doing more work for less money....NAH that's not a real job, that's a real stupid way to spend your life.
     
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    I used to play poker for a living, so I am very used to getting told to get a "real job". People tend to demonize things they don't understand.

    Poker --> Gambling
    IM --> Scam

    Well, it pays my bills, that all the proof I need.
     
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    I used to work at target as well pushing shopping carts during college. I am in my last year of college, have dreadlocks, and get told almost daily to get a haircut and get a real job. 5 figure months feels a lot better than 600 a month at target where I was miserable. I think I will pass on the "real job" for the time being.
     
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    My friends and I are all University grads of a good computing school in Canada. They work for major tech companies as programmers, and I stay at home and blog/make money sites.

    I make over six-figures a year and have free time when ever I want it.

    Most of them work 40-60 hours a week at a really cut-throat job and make $60,000 - $70,000.

    They joke some times that I should get a real job, and I joke sometime that I won't cover the bar tab :p usually shuts them up quite quickly
     
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  20. James2

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    You probably was lol Joking :)