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Notable! Dead-End Sh*t Jobs ... Yours?

Discussion in 'Progress/Execution Threads' started by MJ DeMarco, Nov 29, 2007.

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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 fucking 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 fucking job for ya.
     
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    . . . . . . Ok, I think this deserves the gold medal in worst jobs ever. Anyone?
     
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    - 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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    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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    Good point. And it teaches customer service.
     
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    • Working 70-80 hours as a car salesman (1 month, this was the worst, especially when I was told to stand on "line 2" for up to 4 hours at a time because a "fresh up" is a sure deal)
    • CutCo Knives Sales Rep (3 months; I actually enjoyed the interactions but felt bad for selling to family, family friends, etc.)
    • Amway MLM (1 day; bought kit then returned it upon arrival)
    • Graveyard Quality Assurance Technician (5 Months; a lot of times the sanitation speciailsts a.k.a janitors wouldn't clean the plant in time for the morning shift so I had to join in and help)
    The rest of my jobs were okay. Even with the dead end Sh*tness of these jobs I still learned a lot of lessons from each of them. Except the MLM one lol
     
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    1. Telemarketer
    2. Whataburger
    3. Cable guy
    4. Audio Visual
    5. "Slowlane" Self Employment business that failed (I learned a lot! This wasn't' Law of Effection by any means!)
    6. Hobby store employee (This taught me how volume and margins worked and how sales and marketing were affected by invoking emotion)
    7. Cell phone tower climber

    I'm done slaving away and working to build someone else's dreams. The fire has been lit and is in the leap state. I work just as many hours with lack of sleep laying my foundation recently for my money tree seedlings. In fact my first arrival from China should be here next week. Time to take a different road!
     
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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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    Some of my worse jobs were working in construction and plumbing as basically a grunt. I also worked security for a few years at various locations like commercial buildings, car dealerships, residences, manufacturing plants and warehouses, that all sucked for various reasons. I did something called "vending" when I was 16. Basically, me and a group of friends would meet these 2 Russian guys at a park very early in the morning, all get in a huge truck, and head to various locations all over the state to sell stuff at parades and similar events. For every $3 we sold we keep $1. The job wasn't bad, we did not make a lot of money but it was fun socializing with people and goofing off with friends.
     
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    1st job: 12 years old. I delivered the local newspaper for 2 years every morning 5am, 7 days a week. I live in the frozen upper midwest, so those dead-cold mornings were a nightmare. Sunday's sucked! Heavy Sunday paper plus the giant adverts in each one. With the money, I bought my first computer in 1984 (a Commodore 64).

    2nd Job (15 years old), stocked Coca Cola delivery trucks 4 days a week after school for $3.35 USD per hour (this was about 1986). The owner was a drunk (he lead me to his office one day, opened his lower filing cabinet, it was stocked with 1.75 Liter bottles of Lord Calvert - most were full). That explained the smell Lord-Coke on his breath! The supervisor drove the forklift and would throw cans of Coke at my feet. They'd often explode and I'd be a syrupy mess by the end of the night. Rode my bike to work there and managed to get sprayed by a skunk. Good times? No!

    3rd Job - stocker at local grocery store. Worked there until I graduated high school in 1991. I was offered $28,000 USD to be a shift manager instead of going to college. Went to college, 5.5 years later got a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. My first engineering job? $35,000. Nearly 6 years of tuition, expenses, classes I hated, being broke...only to get a job paying $7000 more than no degree.

    The rest of the jobs - mech engineering turned to software engineering and now I'm building web apps and sites. Yes they paid well. I took that scripted path, but realized I need to do my own thing to be happy. This is why I'm in this forum....building my Unscripted life out from under my Scripted one. I haven't cut the scripted cord yet...but I'm pushing hard to get there.

    Thanks MJ and everyone else!
     
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    Currently working in SaaS sales as well. Decent place to be for a "job"
     
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    Lumber dept at lowes
    Boscovs loss prevention
    carpenter
    Ups driver helper
    Bouncer (not a shit job, but deff a dead 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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    Ha! That takes me back. I remember working a 17 hour day (not. Frigging. Kidding) one time because I got stuck with a late deal. Went home and got about 4 hours sleep to get up and go back for another 12. Talk about a life-suck.
     
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    I've been running a makeshift recording studio selling recording time, mixing and mastering services, and instrumentals to artists in my area for about the last 3 years. It is inherently slowlane due to my marriage to time.

    I have grown super frustrated and decided to stop recording people for the month of December. I got people to use my space and take care of the rent for this month, and probably the next. I have been in somewhat of a haze the past couple weeks with very little income.

    I am trying to see what I can do to build an asset that will eventually decouple my time from my income, but I'm just stressing so much because I DO need some short term income now. I just can't record people anymore. It was killing me and my passion.

    I learned some pretty good business skills and I am extremely good at selling myself and things I believe in. People really trust me and I am a no judgment, truly caring, armchair psychologist type. I listen to what people have to say and I make sure they leave my presence a better person than they were before they were with me. I am very good at providing value.

    I just don't know where to take it from here though. I want to make $$$ outside of music and then bring it back in. I do not enjoy being a bottom feeder in the music industry. Even at the top, the morals and the general vibes aren't really my thing. That's why I want to get money outside the industry and bring it back in. I don't want to play by the rules of others. I want to do unique marketing and artist development and make music that truly touches people. A lot of music today is junk food; Dorito music. I want to make steak and potato music. Eggs and Ezekiel bread music. I know a bunch of talent that lacks the correct representation or funding. It is a disservice to humanity.

    Sorry for venting in someone else's thread.

    I may be a new forum member but I've read 100s of pages in this forum and appreciate everyone. I hope to give value back one day.
     
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    -File clerk at law office.

    -Computer sales at best buy.

    -Car washer.

    -Auto detailer.

    The worst part about these jobs? Asshole managers. Oh, and I held these jobs right after college.o_O
     
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    Wanted to list all my shit jobs while I'm here...

    -ACME Supermarket Bagger
    -Shoprite Supermarket Cashier
    -Home Depot "Parking Lot Attendant" (Cart boy)
    -Urban Outfitters Shirt Folder Walk Around And Do Nothing Person
    -Pizza Delivery Driver
    -Production Assistant
    -Listing baseball cards on eBay for an "entrepreneur" that didn't divorce his time from his job. He was making good $$$ but worked easily 100 hours per week... the place was so disorganized and it looked like shit. You could see it affected his family life when his kids would visit him at work (because he was never home) and he wouldn't take his eyes off the computer. Sad really. He either never learned to trust, delegate, or either.
    -Tons of Craigslist jobs... tons of weird stories... pretty sure I worked with a sex offender at one point?
    -Probably tons of other jobs I'm forgetting about.