I'm a long time reader of Tynan. He's such an inspiration.
Most people can't believe I never finished my college degree when they speak to me. I'm fairly articulate I guess and I attribute this to having done a lot of reading over my lifetime.
I just quit a full time job with a big entity because it was killing my spirit. I have been self employed in the past but never make much money because I lack discipline. I also have this problem with wanting to hedge my bets by trying to have 4 or 5 fledgling businesses at a time and what happens is I never know which thing to work on, when. I guess I just get overwhelmed. I'd like to share my some of my "fledgelings" with you guys and gals and see what you think. Maybe some of you have tried these things and maybe some of you can tell me if they are a waste of time or not. I also need to be accountalbe to someone(s) for my day. I'd like to write out my schedule and report back on how whether I stayed on task or not.
If you try to do 5 businesses at the same time, it's no wonder that you have no discipline in any one of them.
Thanks a lot for commenting Guys. So far my ideas that I can remember are (don't laugh) Dog Walking and Sitting, Selling upscale clothing on ebay (I get the clothes at thrift stores), eldercare, housesitting, selling book lots on ebay (takes forever to put them together) collecting and recycling copper and selling Avon.
I'm sort of interested in programming after reading some of your posts but I notice there aren't a lot of women in it....is it kind of a guy thing?
I tried tasksmash but wasn't consistent with it. Should probably try it again.
I'm confused... are you the person who posted originally?
My suggestion is to pick anything and just start. Give yourself an hour to do nothing but think about it, then choose one and run with it and only it.
Seems like if you have skill and a keen eye the clothing thing could turn a living wage, especially if you're a talented seamstress and can mend stuff really well. But it - and the rest of the ideas in the first paragraph - strike me as the kinds of things that always generate some fixed income, there's no bigger potential upside, no positive black swans: Your copper recycling business never suddenly yields a fortune.
There's nothing wrong with that, but I will say most of the people I know who are happy in steady trades like those are people who have a real love for the trade itself. If you really love working with the elderly that could be great, it'll be fulfilling and it can pay you a living wage. If you love sewing then the clothes thing could be great for the same reason.
Programming is not just for men, though my experience is a lot more guys do it. Without getting into the nature vs. nurture arguments and all that, I'll just say: I've worked with some extremely talented female programmers and I don't think gender has anything to do with your capacity to be a great programmer. If you're interested in it, give it a shot. It's probably the thing with more online tutorials than any other skill, so there's plenty of information out there. In another thread I recommended the programming section of www.noexcuselist.com and specifically - though I haven't used it myself - I've heard good things about http://learncodethehardway.com/
So back in January, I wrote out my 7 goals for the year. It's been two months, so let's see how I'm doing :
1. Become FULLY polyphasic
I'm close on this one. Many days I go perfectly, sometimes if I have nothing to do I oversleep and then skip some naps during the day. I'm actually pretty satisfied with that, as I'm only sleeping 2.5-4.5 hours per night, I'm never tired, and can always count on being awake early and staying up late. I'll keep pressing to be more consistent, but I'm satisfied with where I am.
I'm working on my memoir to say the least, and I feel happy, sad, excited, nervous, and all of those mixed emotions. It's hard to write your own life story in a book, and come from a place of nothingness. For about six years and a half now, I've had a story worth telling but always feared what others would think about me. I guess things will keep happening to me until I speak on the things that has haunted me from day one. I don't have too many friends but the ones I do have counted on me for leadership and example...I messed that up. Just like anyone else I'm human but it's only natural to live and to learn. This is going to be a challenge to work on, because it's all based on a true story and I deserve to breakdown certain things here and there to share with the people.
Being passionate about something is a gift, and when you have so much ambition and drive don't take that for granted. In my newest project (novel) I'm working on a story that gives the audience a full-on effect of who I am as a person of flaw. You get to see two sides of me in the book: The perfect side and the not so perfect side. I have grown and learned a lot about myself personally, and I can always improve.
To me life is so thin and can slip from anyone's hand in a second. As a young adult there are a lot of up's and down's in this error, but that's just this generation period. I mean life can really beat you down and humble you enough, to make you see that you're not too proud or flawless for anything to happen to you, also. I remember when I used to look at young pregnant girls and just say, "Wow....that's a shame". You can't really judge someone in their situation, because everybody goes through stuff -just differently. I almost lost my faith in all of this but for some reason that's the only thing that never wavered.
I'd like to think that I'm independent enough to do as I please, but I'm sure there are many others who can relate to a similar story! It may not have a happy ending, or maybe it just might but whatever the case ....I'm here going through it all and I'm still pressing. I don't blame nobody but myself, this time.