So, I just had what has to be the biggest revelation ever. Let me explain. I would say it happened around 2-4 years ago. A long time ago pretty much. I was bored, to young to have a job, and wanted to make some money online. I can't remember how it happened, but I found a site that was basically "complete small tasks, make small money", I'm sure everybody is familiar with this gambit. Basically an affiliate farm with absolutely dismal amounts of money going back to the members. Now, they had a lot of weird jobs on this site. I remember having to transcribe people speaking on the phone or near their phone. All I knew was it was random snippets of conversations. Super shady stuff...But not what I came here to talk about. Like I said, all sorts of weird outsourced work. Transcribing invoices for fishmongers in San Fran, Providing traffic to law firm websites (It didn't realize until today I was helping to improve their SEO), downloading apps, etc. Here is what I realized: I got paid pennies on the fucking dollar. I was literally a click farm employee by accident and got paid shit. I think I made like $5? I spent two full days doing it. They probably made $500 off me. Fuck. In Hindsight, I can't believe how incredibly dumb I was. If only I knew real methods to make money. If I started Instagram accounts back then, they would be at millions of followers and I could have thousands of dollars. The thing that bothers me the most? I don't see opportunities to get in on the ground floor anymore. I wait and hope for the next Facebook/Instagram/Youtube. Yes, other ways exist to make money, but social media is where my heart is at. Everyday I go look at Crunchbase, hoping I'll see the next big thing. I've got 3 more years to prove I can make big things happen. If I don't do anything big in this timeframe, then my chances of doing anything later begin to shrink. If I don't do anything now, I might end up with student loans, a degree, four wasted years, and go into a pointless desk job in Biglaw. So what is my plan? Stop wasting money with failed ventures (Down about a grand), stick my heart into something I can be proud of, and make some money. The way I see the world is like this: Monetary growth is exponential. If I can build something from $100 that makes me $1000, then what will stop me from using $1000 to make $10,000? But alas, some things are getting in the way. Startup money, my age (The amount of fuckery I've had to go through so far to get past this is very high), and I don't have a mentor. That last one might seem a bit weird-But I think it's far easier to learn something with the help of someone who knows what they are doing (Trust me, I've had to teach myself math and it was 100% less effective than just taking classes with a teacher). I assume if I'm in this business long enough, one day I'll just get lucky and meet the right person. i don't even really need a mentor, I just need to be hired for some reason by someone in the IM area that I'm interested in the most (E-commerce, Social Media). I've gotten close a few times, but hopefully I'll get lucky eventually. More concise plan on my plans: Work on new venture Get lucky by finding the next big thing earlier enough Get lucky by getting hired by someone (This could also help with startup money problem) In what is probably the 5th reflection in this thread, I have to go a bit meta. I originally set out to just write about the first part (getting scammed while trying to make money online), but this turned into some sort of weird rant/almost-a-journey-thread. I hope it makes for a good read at least.