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I'm posting this here in Your Fastlane Plan because sometimes, dead-end jobs are a necessary evil. We all have bills and obligations to pay -- sometimes dead-end *shit* jobs are just the bandaid we need to pay the bills while our greater focus is put into our efforts on business growth.

So with that said, what Dead-End *shit* jobs have you had? Do you currently have?
I was thinking back to all the crap jobs I've had and I am amazed I had the fortitude to endure it all.

My list:

1) Pizza delivery (Had to mop floors too)
2) Subway sandwich lunch driver (Lasted 3 weeks)
3) *Student* Painter (Lasted 6 weeks)
4) Charity organization can collector
5) Bus boy, Chinese restaurant (cockroaches in back!!!)
6) Wholesale flower deliverer
7) Plumbing day laborer
8) Stock boy, Sears Roebuck
9) Newspaper delivery at 3am in the morning
10) Hospital TV system auditor (lasted 2 days)

Much of these jobs I had after college graduation. :nonod:

If you find yourself in a *shit* job, take a deep breath and reassure yourself that it is only temporary. Your job is no predictor of your true potential but only a byproduct of your circumstances and your choices.

I did my best thinking while enduring these jobs -- I remember mopping floors and coming up with ideas as well as stockpiling motivation. The thoughts "I'm better than this!" builds and builds until the fire under your a$$ can no longer be tolerated and leaping into action is no longer an option, but a survival move.
 

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Is having a dead-end shit job while working your Fastlane and long-term goal, Fastlane?

Yes! It is FASTLANE!

Getting a crappy job is NOT failure. It's a means to an end, namely to instill discipline, financial responsibility, and heck, even ego management.

Do not fear the job ...

A job is only to be feared if it starts making you comfortable, if it takes ALL of your time, or it does NOT reduce the anxiety of bills.

Means to an end...
 
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An incredible hodgepodge of jobs and stories. Yet, reading each one of them, I feel like each one of you can be successful. If you can succeed the grind in a thankless job for minimal pay, you can succeed at being an entrepreneur. At this point, I see the big challenge is not in "finding ideas" or "execution" -- it's getting our mind right and keeping on track when life steps in with shinier objects, or worse, the simple comforts of a decent paycheck and a fun weekend.
 

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I won't lie and I hate to tell people this b/c they get the wrong idea on first read.

However, 10 years ago I stopped counting my jobs when I hit 60 jobs ( I was 27 at the time ).

Granted, a lot of the positions I had were actually 2nd or 3rd jobs. Jobs where I was working full time at 2 jobs at once, or full time at 1 and part-time at 2 others at the same time.

Some of the worst ones:

1. Fed Ex package handler
2. Working at Six Flags as a ride operator
3. Tennis Court helper ( pro shop assistant, cleaning up the court, etc )
4. Mail room at a major bank
5. Washing cars at a dealership
6. Call center rep at a major health insurance provider
7. Sales calls in a boiler room type operation.
8. Having to clean a wood shop daily 2-3x a day
9. Working in a warehouse with no heat or air, wrapping copiers all day long with plastic wrap.
10. Code monkey for a small agency that couldn't pay their bills.


All in all, I've been fired a total of 3 times and laid off 5 times ( what's odd is these lay offs all happened within 5 years time too ). The rest I quit at different times. At 37 now, I would probably put the total number at now maybe 75 total.

Mainly, I used each job to get experience and leverage their pay into the next job. I would work a job ( or 2 ) until I found another job that paid more. I didn't care what the job was, I was in search of the all promising dollar. Sooo... if I needed to make $15 dollars an hour to live ( remember, I was like 19 at the time ) I would work 2 $7.50 jobs until I found 1 $15 or $16 dollar an hour job.

When that 1 $15 dollar an hour job no longer suited me, I'd find a part time job to bump my living standards. Maybe this part-time job paid $10 an hour, which totals now ( depending on hours ) roughly $20-21 an hour.

At this level though, you start entering jobs that are salaried.. so I started finding a salaried job that would pay me at least $40k to -$45k a year when I needed a bump in lifestyle again.

If you keep rinsing and repeating this process, you at some point end up in the high 80's ( 85k+ a year ) before you run into issues with needing to have a college degree ( which I didn't ) or being in management ( Director, VP ) which I honestly didn't want. I ended up being in IT/Web stuff, so this level of pay in another industry might be hard to come by unless you do have a degree already.

At this level its hard to keep your higher end salaried job and also take on a side gig, but it can be done if you need another boost in lifestyle. I did it for years at this level and it slowly grinded me down.

It was then I realized I needed to do my own thing and build a business to get me to the next level I demanded and break into 7 figures a year and stop playing the job market for 5 figures a year.


What did I learn from all of it?

After working a ton of different jobs, for different people, in different industries, at different pay scales... I learned that any JOB I work is DEAD END and shit.

Working for myself is by far the only thing that isn't DEAD END or shit. The pay, benefits, income, title is all irrelevant in a JOB.

If I needed to, I'd rather learn to live on $30k a year with total freedom then live on $100k tied to a desk and someone else's future.


Think about that for a second.

Of course, someone out there has an awesome JOB they love and might be reading this and disagree. I just want to tell them, what do they have to compare it to?

 
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1. Age 12 illegally working under the table for cash at Jamba Juice. Less than minimum wage.

2. Worked in a factory during freshman year college manufacturing computer parts alone in a room for 8 hours a day. Had to quit that job because it was literally mind numbing doing the same repetitive task over and over again...thought I was going insane.

3. Professional chocolate hustler salesperson for Godiva chocolates. That job was actually fun because all of my co-workers were potheads who just wanted to have fun haha but the pay was garbage.

The truth is you learn something from all of your shit jobs, so nothing is ever truly a bad experience unless you choose to look at it through the victim lens.
 

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  • Telephone surveyor. My first job. Mon-Sat I called people at home to conduct surveys that lasted anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours.
  • Tire changer at Sam's Club. Eventually got "promoted" to tire salesman. 4 years at this job (2 as a tire changer).
  • Sold Kirby Vacuum cleaners door to door.
  • Most recent (2.5 years ago), worked part-time at FedEx third shift out in the cold during the coldest Indianapolis winter I could remember. 6 months later I moved to Arizona.
 
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Bump ... to show that bad jobs are just part of the process.
 

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This should be fun:
  1. Cutting brush in a damn swamp
  2. Driving hubs on a damn road
  3. Cleaning pipes on a damn campground
  4. Fixing sinks and toilets in a damn hotel
  5. Carrying boxes in a damn warehouse
  6. Now: staring at spreadsheets trying to make some damn money
 

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Any job is dead end.... or not. It is all in your frame of mind. Jobs are jobs. Sometimes you need them. You take your life in the direction that you want to go.

Blaming jobs or anything else for being at a dead end is the real dead end.
 

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I have a long list of crappy jobs, but here are a few that deserve ribbons:

Warehouse job
(Awful in every way: Middle of winter, 4:30am wakeup time, hard physical work, hands raw, harassed, yelled at) :dead:

Telemarketer
(They literally put me in a small closet with a chair, a phone, a makeshift desk, and a list of people to call. Then they shut the door and left me in there all day just facing the wall. I lasted two days) :depressed:

Call Center
(I thought I was going to go crazy being chained to a cubicle all day with a headset on. I had to ask permission to go to the restroom, permission to get water, permission to eat lunch, people on the phone were cussing me out.

One psycho woman that kept calling in told me she liked my voice. I asked her how I could help her. She said "Can I tell you a story?" I said "Sure" (thinking it was related to a product defect). She then proceeded to tell me a sexually perverted story about something she did and started breathing heavily. o_O When I realized where it was going, I said "hang on a minute, my supervisor would be really interested in this." lol. When I got the supervisor on the line, she had hung up. She called the next 3 days in a row trying to get my extension!

This is just the tip of the iceberg, folks.

Lord, I've got to make this Fastlane thing work.
 
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I had a literal shit job once.

I have a degree in BioChemistry and had a lot of research experience. Got married and moved to a new city where the only position I could find was in Animal Science research, specifically equine (horses) nutrition, at a big university. Our department were given grant money and free food samples from a local horse feed manufacturing facility. In return, we would perform studies on how well the horse feed was digested and so on.

So, there are two ways to scientifically test how well food is digested. 1) take blood samples over specific time period and 2) take feces samples over a time period after ingestion. We did both.

My job was to collect ALL of the horse feces in a container. Take the feces back to the lab from the farm. Place the feces in a huge smelly drying oven. Then, here's the best part, I would spend all day grinding the feces into a fine powder in a huge grinding machine. The horse shit dust would fly into the air and completely cover me from head to toe. I smelled like absolute horse shit every f*cking day. We would do this for 4 or 5 days straight for each study. We did a lot of studies, too.

There's a shitty f*cking job for ya.
 

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My dead-end shit jobs have been significantly evolving and helping me acquire the skills and tools I need to be a successful CEO and founder, in my honest opinion.

17/18 years old - retail sales associate making $8 an hour, which went up to $8.58 after 2 years with raises. Worked the job of 3 or 4 people at once while other people slacked off.
18-20 years old - started a lawn care company, didn't understand scalability and did everything myself, learned sales even more, cold door to door, probably made myself $25-30/hour on my own terms
20 years old - also picked up a gym job to start getting into my passion for healthcare/fitness/wellbeing - made $10 an hour and some bonus commission
21-22 years old - Did my own startups on the side while in full time school. Had various internships in corporate Amerika (Toyota, BAE Systems), realizing I was a lot smarter than society told me I was. I was over-qualified on a lot of the work and projects I was on, and I was honestly bored on certain days because I could finish my work so quickly.. Made roughly $16 an hour.
23 years old - graduated college, started a career in SAAS sales making $17 an hour plus commission.. slaved through business development, and was on the 'corporate ladder' game... if i was lucky in a year, i'd make myself $42 an hour ($89K / year) between salary and commission if i worked really hard... Meanwhile I started a personal training business (continuing to work on my sales game and I just enjoy it) - making anywhere from $50-70/hour and up doing small group training.
24 years old (today) - left the corporate SAAS gig when a start-up reached out to me after doing my due diligence and realizing it was a great move. Began acting like i WAS the CEO, doing a little bit of everything to help the company grow. Currently on track to being one of the top performing reps (once we close out the year) and making myself a health 6-figures.. and I'm also switching roles to be responsible for helping build up a business unit from essentially 200 grand/year to being a multi-million dollar business unit (which already has the setup to do that and more if managed correctly) - I'll probably make anywhere from 180K in 2018, and could possibly do 300-500K in 2019 if done successfully.

'Dead-End Shit Job' can mean making $8.58 an hour, or it could mean making $500K a year - I think it all depends on what you make of it, and what you take away from it. The lessons I learned at the $8 job are different from the potential 500K job - however, they're independent lessons and both just as powerful/important.

The skills I'm learning and have learned are really solidifying the skills I need to run a successful company and learn from my failures without 'failure' putting me into bankruptcy or home-eviction. It's nice to have that freedom of a paycheck to support the real dream. In the interim, i'll be building up my businesses/assets/investments on the side - when it makes sense, I'll be going all-in on a possible value-add in the healthcare industry.. something I see a need for and I think I have the solution for.. Will continue to test and work my dead-end shit jobs in the meantime.
 

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I've been:

Harness maker (pony and horse fine (show) harness)
Stable mucker
Pottery Factory Outlet sales person
Advance Autoparts delivery driver
Kmart department lead
Race shop (former boss is an a$$, only reason I list it as a shit job. Otherwise racing Nitro Funny Car is cool as sh!%!)
Racecar transporter (my own rig. Maintenance sucks)
Apprentice CNC Machinist (current)

Leatherneck (ok not *really* a shit job, but definitely lots of shitty stuff that goes along with it)

When I look back on all the jobs I've had in the past, I've learned a lot. While the jobs may have been shitty, I had a lot of really, really good, hard working bosses who each taught me a lot of things, either things I want to emulate or how to be as a boss, customer service techniques. I was also saw and learned how I don't want to be as a boss, as a business owner and definitely how I don't want to treat my future customers.

Probably the biggest thing I've learned that I knew subconsciously all along but only now has it come to my conscious mind, a job may be a job, but you are still at the end of the day working for yourself, despite the terms of the contract. Your boss at your job is in reality your customer, and your services/skills are your product that you are trying to sell. Even a shitty job can still teach you about being an entrepreneur if you look at it with the right attitude. Basically everytime you interview, you are polishing your presentation and sales skills. From there if you get hired, you will get regular feed back about your product (you) and how it relates to your customers operations (your boss and the job you were hired for). Either you adjust to better meet your customers needs or you learn how to politely say "I'm sorry, but I don't know that my product can meet the standards of service that you require" and move on to your next big sale (job interview/opening your own business etc.)
 

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My worst dead and shit job was graveyard shift security at a major casino. I punched in at 11:45pm and worked until 8:00am. It sucked, but my wife was pregnant and I needed health insurance. I hated every minute of it. The non stop noise was mind numbing. The shift consisted of four "posts" two of which would be "standing posts" which means two hours standing in one spot not walking, not leaning, not sitting....just standing there trying not to fall asleep. Second hand smoke all night. People pissing themselves rather than walk away from the table or slit machine was a more or less every night thing. Small children would be left in a room while mom and dad gambled,then they wake up and wander around crying looking for their parents. You know who plays slots at 04:00? Zombies, that's who. Lifeless forms mumbling and staggering from machine to machine with a jingling cup of misplaced hopes.

I don't count the dishwashing and prepping jobs I had as a teenager as bad. It was fun, I had some scratch in my pocket, and I was a teenager. Good times.
 
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Re: Dead-End *Shit* Jobs ... Yours?

Cmon guys ... DEAD END SHIT JOBS!

Property Manager, Realtor, Bartender ... these are respectable jobs! Mopping floors and scooping up turds in backed-up toilets aren't!

 
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bartending jobs ARE shit when you have to clean up the bathroom at the end of then night. which i had to do most night.

sometimes it was puke though. much easier to clean.
Ok I stand corrected! Sorry!
 

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SwEet thread! Like many people said, there is always something to be learned from any experience.

1) Hometown Buffet (6 months): Most labor intensive job. I did everything - reload soft drinks, food, dishes, utensils, mop, mascot, host...you name it. Gained nearly 10lbs.
What I'd learn: I wanted a raise and know that I deserve it but scared as hell to ask, I was 16. Told myself either ask or quit, mustered up my courage and asked anyway, got a 25 cent raise. It was a minimum wage job but I got more satisfaction knowing sometimes..you do get what you ask for. Quit a week after that.

2) Sears (2y2m): Electronics salesman: Gained the most knowledge for obvious reason. Shitty because people steal your customers.
What I'd learn: How to BS, how to talk my way out of trouble for BSing.

3) Sears (7mos): Loss Prevention : Transferred within same store to catch the bad guys. Most memorable experience, when a 14yo girl stole some bras. I was on cctv, our female agent followed the girl into the ladies dressing room since no cameras are allowed in there. Girl came in flat as a flat screen TV and came out double Ds. She stole 14bras and wore 'em all. Get into fights with bad guys but never had a knife pulled on me.
What I'd learn: How dumb people can be when they think no one is looking at them.

4) Clerical job, data/entry (6mos): Most boring job, also went around canvassing neighborhoods and get people registered to vote.
What I'd learn: Jack! I know this contradicts what I said above, but I really had nothing to gain from this job.

5) Ridemakerz (1yr): This place allows kids to buy toy car parts and you help them put it together like a 'pit crew'. Knockoff of Build-a-bear but for guys. I yelled and cheered for kids during this time more than all the times I've yelled in my entire life! Lost my voice for three days. Shitty kids, shitty parents.
What I'd learn: When it comes to their kids, parents will spend a fortune.

6) Disneyland (1yr): NOT the happiest place on Earth. I won't say much, don't want to ruin you're experience, but oh man, does shit go down there. Mickey Mouse is a girl.
What I'd learn: Working at a place where 17million people visit a year makes you realize you are a speck of a person in a sea of people on this planet. And unless I do something with my life to be somebody in this world, I will get drowned (metaphorically).

7) Industrial Designer (2yrs - present): Slowlane, nuff said.
What I'd learn: Slowlane will kill me in a very short amount of time.

8) Currently working on a master plan for the fastlane.
 
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Allowed other people to convince me any job was good. The dead ends to no where. :confused: Lesson Learned don't take advice from side walkers and people who don't know what the hell they're talking about.
 

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My worst dead and shit job was graveyard shift security at a major casino. I punched in at 11:45pm and worked until 8:00am. It sucked, but my wife was pregnant and I needed health insurance. I hated every minute of it. The non stop noise was mind numbing. The shift consisted of four "posts" two of which would be "standing posts" which means two hours standing in one spot not walking, not leaning, not sitting....just standing there trying not to fall asleep. Second hand smoke all night. People pissing themselves rather than walk away from the table or slit machine was a more or less every night thing. Small children would be left in a room while mom and dad gambled,then they wake up and wander around crying looking for their parents. You know who plays slots at 04:00? Zombies, that's who. Lifeless forms mumbling and staggering from machine to machine with a jingling cup of misplaced hopes.
This could so be the intro of a new Nicolas Cage blockbuster.
 

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Ooo, this is fun :)

let's see..

1) Yogurt shop.. getting paid UNDER minimum and NEVER got paid on time. The day I quit I threatened to report them and the owner freaked out. Gave me all my payments they've missed and an extra 40$ on top of that. (BUT I can still make yogurt look BEAUTIFUL from a self serve machine LOL!)

2) Computer sales at Fry's. (1-2 years?) Oh boy. Back then it I thought making 100$ a day was a lot. I also messed around a LOT and worked hung over a LOT. BTW NEVER trust any salesman there. They'll only try to sell you on the items that make them the highest commissions. Go to best buy instead, they don't try to swindle you there because their pay structure is different). And NO, they didn't teach me how to sell. They don't teach you shit. They just throw you onto the floor.

3)Serving at a small hole-in the wall sushi spot. Worked there for maybe 3 months? Complete shit. Owner messed with our tips and we never knew how much we made at the end of the shift.

4)Then moved up to one of the most popular sushi spots in one of the busiest cities. If you look up the restaurants you NEED to go to when visiting San Jose, CA. This restaurant will ALWAYS be on the top 10 list... Of every single one. Spent 5 years there... D: (stayed there WAYY TOO LONG even though management was HORRIBLE... No structure and always tried to cut costs..)

5) Insurance sales 2 years. LOVED SALES.... Made NO money.. Possibly because I was a 19-20 year old trying to sell insurance to my friends around the same age... LOL. But I loved learning the process of sales. It still carries on with me til' this day. But I was always broke as shit... And it also made my ego feel good with cool looking business cards.

6) MLM ~3 years On and off. LOL.. I should of stopped sooner...

7) Bartending! SOOO damn fun. I still miss bartending to this day. :) Only bartended for around 3 months because I went "f*ck it mode" and left to start a business that caters to the service industry. (First bartending job was complete shit though. Shit tips & horrible management.)

8) Dad's Painting company. (Worked on and off during a 4-5 years.)Tried to build it from the ground up... Just doesn't work though because my dad has an old school Korean mentality (no structure and work on "feel"... Also very close minded to new ideas and new opportunites + no vision for company growth and future). BUT I did a lot of research during that time on business structure, Legal work, and managing a team of people that's helped me give an insight on how a business is ran. I had to do ALL the dirty work though... Clean shit, cover shit, paint shit, talk with property owners, talk with employers (in spanish).. EVERYTHING...

And now at 25, I still keep a pledge that I've made at 19. I promised myself that I would succeed in business and I would NEVER settle for a job.. You learn a lot from your jobs (or at least I did) and the 3 previous business ventures before that + this forum finally put me on the right track and makes it feel like I'm doing things right this time around :)
 

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My job was to collect ALL of the horse feces in a container. Take the feces back to the lab from the farm. Place the feces in a huge smelly drying oven. Then, here's the best part, I would spend all day grinding the feces into a fine powder in a huge grinding machine. The horse shit dust would fly into the air and completely cover me from head to toe. I smelled like absolute horse shit every f*cking day. We would do this for 4 or 5 days straight for each study. We did a lot of studies, too.
. . . . . . Ok, I think this deserves the gold medal in worst jobs ever. Anyone?
 

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. . . . . . Ok, I think this deserves the gold medal in worst jobs ever. Anyone?
- Years ago went for short adventure. Long line fisherman in Dutch Harbor AK on contract. Signed on for XXxx per month. Went out into Bering Sea for 90 days on old WWII converted refueler into long line fishing vessel. Worked 18 + hours in wet and cold. Smell is awful. Bering Sea is rough. People puking all the time. Caught huge cod. Make lots of big messes - think fish guts like the size of regular organs in med school. It is fish bait later on. Flash forward to last two weeks. Running low on food. Cook cannot. Food born illness. Low on food last three weeks. Eating frozen danishs, tea, popcorn and catching fish from ocean for food source. At end of shift boat springs a leak. While I am getting off of a grueling shift. We are now bailing water with buckets. Pumps fail. Engineer uses rope due to old corroded valves break loose in boat ballast hold. All our catch is now ruined from oil and spoiled bilge. Any point of the catch being even close to a payoff is gone. Boat is at a list and we are on deck. Nearing a island about a mile away. Preparing to abandon ship and swim for safety. Only so many life saving suits. May have to just swim for it in very cold water. Now awaiting moment to abandon ship. Valves turned. Water is being pumped out of ship. Limp back to Dutch. Now temperature about 70 degrees. Leftover catch is placed in rotting fuel soaked bins in open holding area. It begins to rot. Think ammonia gas from decaying flesh. Overwhelmed. Abandon in Dutch. Thankful to be alive. Eat pizza at local bar. Moving on to better things.
 

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Not a Dead end but a hopeless job . I am getting good salary but am really unhappy . I followed all the rules society taught. I studied hard ,got good grades and got selected in a job, a job for which people will do anything . Job is paying me well but there is feeling of suffocation and worry . 9 long years of night shift(6PM to 3 AM-4AM), On call 15-20 Days a month (means you have to attend any urgent issue no matter what, you can't travel ,have to keep your phone with you all the time and cant sleep comfortably lest you miss any urgent issue and next day having call with clients blasting you left and right) . So yes my Job pays well but at the cost of my health and mental peace . I would have lived this life forever if not for incredible books by MJ , Blog called Bold and Determined and this lovely forum . I am now working side by side on my business and will leave this job as soon as I start making enough money.
I cant leave job now as I have a family to feed .
 

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If you gonna fail-fail up-and try to make slowlane moves that can benefit you in case the job doesn't work out.

Always have your eyes and ears open, learn-learn-learn, especially on someone's dime. No matter how menial the position - there is always something to learn that will benefit you down the road.


Truck Driver (fired)
Hardwood Floor sander (escaped)
Cable TV Tech (fired)
Electrician (fired)
Warehouse Manager (fired)
Electrician (fired)
Project Manager Commercial (fired)
Commercial Property Manager (fired)
Asset Manger (fired)
VP Sustainability (quit)


  • 100% of our net worth (wife and I) has come from starting ventures related to jobs that I had, where I discovered needs that weren't being while on the inside. Also, every penny of our profit sharing plan 4013b has come from "windfall" years as a wantrepreneur.
  • Goes to show you: I did it everything about as wrong as you could (slowlane and sidedwalker) in self started ventures, they all failed, and I still came out way better than if I worked a job.
  • My wife on the other hand, has worked here entire life, never been fired or let go - been a superstar at almost every one of her positions, promoted constantly - yet she is miserable, always hates her current job, and has never saved one red cent.
 

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Let's see...
  1. Stuffing catalogs and newspapers into the little plastic bags that go on your doorknob every Saturday morning, for $0.03 a bag. I was 8 years old. Talk about immigrant struggles, huh?
  2. Selling contraband cigarettes in High School. Is that even considered a job? I may have made $500 total.
  3. Calling center job doing 5 minute surveys on the telephone with bank clients that went in their branch earlier.
  4. Security guard for events like big festivals, frosh week parties, and others.
  5. Bouncer for a few bars, nightclubs, and a lot of gangster hangouts. Enough said.
  6. Construction. General labor, really. Mostly home renovations like kitchen work, plumbing, floor work, roof, driveway, etc.
  7. Security guard in a large government-funded corporation. The best company for security guards in the country, mostly made up of veterans. They perform all the private security for our army bases, and other government (and some private) buildings.
  8. Part-time shelf stocker at a friend's supermarket (it's not his, he's just the manager). Worked the graveyard shift. Lasted 1 week.
  9. Head of security for bouncers and event security guards for a private security company specializing in celebrity and other VIP security services. Bodyguard work and training, special (really special) events, chauffeur services, and more.
Been working 70+ hours a week for a whole year and came to one dull realization: Working doesn't pay.
Your time is your life, and it is worth way more than $30 an hour, even if that's not too shabby a salary.
 
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1. Fast food crew(KFC) - I though I'll learn their secret recipe lol.
2. Callcenter agent - Shitty schedule. 13hrs nightshit. Sacrificed my health
3. telemarketer- got fired because they saw me browsing TMF lol
4. preschool tourguide - Hate those evil kids w/ their parents

Currently now working on my projects and do have a part-time jobs like waiter and wedding photographer.

Lesson: I learned how to deal with people and it improved my attitude.
 

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This should be fun:
  1. Cutting brush in a damn swamp
  2. Driving hubs on a damn road
  3. Cleaning pipes on a damn campground
  4. Fixing sinks and toilets in a damn hotel
  5. Carrying boxes in a damn warehouse
  6. Now: staring at spreadsheets trying to make some damn money

 

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RETAIL RETAIL RETAIL.

Never do it.
Are you kidding?
It is one of the best ways to learn how to work with people, learn soft skills, understand how to deal with issues that customers bring to you, etc.
 

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I made that toilet cleaning job in to a pretty lucrative career. But I'm sure a lot of the girls that worked for me would say one of their worst jobs was cleaning toilets. :)

Personally, I think every 'job' that I had was a shit job. None was better than the other even if I made more money at it.... fast food, convenience store, construction worker, printing press...... I guess there was 1 job that I did like and that was running the 17th Street Parking Garage in Omaha. All I did was sit in a glass office and watch the girls walk by all day every day. And I made $1845 a month, I thought I was making a lot of money. lol
 

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So with that said, what Dead-End *shit* jobs have you had? Do you currently have?
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1. Paper boy in middle school until graduation - woke up at 3:00 am each day for 5 years to do a 3 hour route before school.
2. Landscaper during college - couldn't find an internship in school early on, so each summer got hired by high school to spread mulch, paint field lines, fill holes, mow lawn, etc.
3. Grad school teaching assistant - mental schema not found, error = repressed.
4. Management consultant - "what?!?! They make a boat load of money!! That's a great job!" This is actually the most vile job on the list. Salary and suffering are intensely correlated. Squeezing into a clown suit each day that never seems to fit, miming a smile in front of egotistical clients, having your thoughts regulated by someone ironically called a "partner". I could go on. The allure of income was a honeypot catching those chasing money instead of value (and I assure you, I'm not creating value with the exception of coaching).

I'm now someone chasing value in an money-minded environment. It's tough to maintain this perspective amidst the blind. I've purchased copies of Unscripted for my direct coworkers so they stop babbling on about slowlane bs.
 

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