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

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    Currently in one, so thank you haha! I work at a grocery store. I probably get asked three times a day by customers (used to be co-workers too, before they knew my story), "So... are you in school?"

    Nope. I actually have a degree.

    Before that:

    - I worked as a cook for a year at a failing bar and grill, got paid under the table, below minimum wage, and I was technically too young to even be legally working. I didn't even know how to cook, either.
    - I did data entry in a cube for 3 months during the summer at a faceless company and hated life (it was basically a call center)
    - I was a barback for a whopping 3 days

    The barback was probably the most depressing. Sleeping all day and staying up all night got me f--ked up really quick. No social life. The bar manager would bark at everybody, I missed being on the other side of the bar, and my co-workers were all bitter about life. Dealing with drunk people all night and having flashbacks of working in a kitchen before I went to college (and vowing to not come back) just got me down super fast.

    That was a wake up call, though. I was pursuing acting professionally in LA and quickly realized that I didn't want to work dead-end jobs for 10 years while putting the rest of my life on hold just to get a few credits. It was better as a hobby.

    I was also reading Millionaire Fastlane at the time, so that lit a fire under my a$$ ;)
     
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    First job ever - Walgreens. Before i knew i was NOT a 9-5er. I remember thinking to myself at age 17, how come my first job, that is ABOVE minimum wage, feels like im doing shit and wasting time? Foreshadowing is strong here.

    I might be missing one, but

    Next i think was bank teller. Second lowest paying bank in the area. Boring as all hell.... worked with petty women who all had small children who had play dates and shit (not my thing what so ever.. they all hated me as i pulled up with my modified car talking about my business ventures at the time lol. lame) Had to wore a dress shirt and tie everyday even in the 100+ humid a$$ STL weather for $9 an hour.

    Next was a cell phone repair shop. Was a lot better but not what i wanted to do forever. I never came back to that job after i got a spot on a TV show that filmed in Richmond,VA that opened my eyes to what was possible with my life.
     
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    I have had a lot of dead end jobs lol.

    1. Custodian at my Undergraduate school
    2. Teaching Assistant
    3. Lots of manufacturing temp jobs (got fired from one of them for being too slow at sticking labels lol. This was my second job and I was already in school and working another full time job. Could barely keep awake so I understand the firing lol)
    4. Retail store manager
    5. Call center employee
    6. Phone stock broker/customer service (this was the most dead end - I spent 6 brutal years here but they paid for my Masters degree and I left with a healthy bank account)
    7. Financial Analyst
     
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    Finding myself, at the tender age of 53, made redundant (or sacked as most of us called it since no pay and little notice involved) I took a job drilling holes in metal rods, minimum wage zero hours contract, this dirty job was followed by a much cleaner one - washing dishes (had to wash them in a large sink ready to put in an industrial dishwasher to clean them!) again minimum wage, zero hours.
     
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    1. Grocery boy, easy job and a little fun, I never knew a food market could have so much drama.
    2. Custodian at a movie theatre after it closed. (3 weeks, went to this after my grocery boy)
    3. Subway sandwich artisan, fancy title.
    4. Newspaper delivery when I was a teen early mornings.
    5. Welder (not a dead end job but many people who were stuck were in a really bad mood)
    6. McDonalds...
     
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    1. Caddy
    2. Pizza Delivery dude
    3. Route sales driver
    4. Teacher (sometimes not that crappy but sure felt like it)
    5. Pizza Delivery dude again
    6. Uber driver (I still do this to pay the bills and a few extra bucks for business, but getting really old and need to stop by the end of this year).
     
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    1. Construction worker
    2. Warehouse with frozen fruit.
    3. Car registering agency.
    4. McDonald's (just 1,5 week because the owner was a dick)
    5. KFC
    6. Women's clothes shop
    7. Bookstore
    8. Another construction work
    9. Retail warehouse
    10. Warehouse driver
    11. Green house worker
    12. Supermarket worker (2 different places)
    13. Restaurant (2 different)
    14. Christmas trees seller
    15. Hotel Bar waiter
    and I think maybe some other.

    Anyway I've had quite many jobs. In some of them I was just a month or two. In the other few days or half a year. I have never had a straight job. I got bored quite quick every time. I said to myself if I need to work for peanuts I can do this anywhere.
     
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    IT admin. Cushy but still shit.

    I work 8 hours a day, make almost 6 figures, and can be on the fast lane forum all day if I choose. Did I mention I’m in front of a computer all day?


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    1. Stock clerk at a local pre-Walmart version of Walmart
    2. Burger flipper at Wendy's (lasted two days)
    3. Cashier at a convenience store
    4. Grocery store clerk
    5. Asphalt driveway sealer (brutal job)
    6. New car salesman
    7. Bedroom furniture salesman
    8. Dock hand/truck loader
    9. Inventory manager (bored out of my mind because my boss was about to retire and wouldn't train me so I sat in my cubical playing solitaire and bubble breaker on my PDA...pre smart phones)
    10. Director of Purchasing for a company that didn't need a director level person in the position...just needed a babysitter.
    11. Oh....and husband to my ex-wife. Believe me, it was work!
    The only J.O.B. I've had that I was actually proud to do was a Combat Medic in the U.S. Army.
     
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    This is going to sound really weird, but I assure you I'm being honest.

    I always wanted to be a burger flipper. I love hamburgers. Love to hear them sizzling, love to smell them cooking, love to make them, love to eat them. And Wendy's is one of my favorite places I love to go - I always get a Dave's double.

    So what's so bad about being a burger flipper? I could take the mindless work. Relaxing. As you might imagine, I am in charge of the grill in our house. You know guys that love to grill right? See - not so weird after all is it? I could grill steaks all day long.

    I have to buy a Wendy's I guess! Never had a chance to ask anyone this, so I thought I'd throw it out there...
     
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    For me...that was exactly the biggest part of it, mindless work. No challenge. Nothing stimulating about it at all. On top of that, I was young and trying to find myself and something meaningful, there was no real future in it, the pay was less than I felt I was worth, it was a dirty/greasy work environment, co-workers were dumb as a box of rocks & generally lazy, mostly I just wanted more. I've always wanted something more meaningful. I think that's one of the biggest reasons I want to be an entrepreneur and am on the fastlane journey.

    I don't eat a lot of fast food but I will agree Wendy's is one of the better ones.
     
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    I've never had a sh!t job...ever!

    But I've had several sh!tty bosses.
     
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    1. Pizza place (worked my way up from salads to subs and slices, then finally became a pizza maker. Oh first I had to tend the ovens, sliding my hand into the furnace to pop bubbles, and rotate them.
    2. Bell hop at hotel. I was 18 and realized that I wasn't special to anybody. Wandered the hotel, slept in the bell mans closet, (I had zero work ethic,) tips were sometimes good, was finally let go because I was literally so depressed every time I clocked in. People didn't like seeing me, even though I was trying my best.
    3. Honda service lane attendant (porter.) Parking cars, not much to it really, learned to drive stick shift and handle some cool cars. No Lambos though ;)
    4. TTY communication agent (basically a typist for the hearing impaireds telephone conversations.) Couldn't pick it up fast enough (ADD?)
    5. McDonalds: burger flipper, some cashier and drive thru. Did an okay job there (employee of the month, ooooh!) Eventually quit after 9 months.
    6. Host then waiter: Hosted for 1 year, waited tables for 3. Began to see the darker side of customer service. (just felt less than) Was making decent tips (enough to buy a car so Mom could stop driving me) Wasn't enough to live on my own, eventually moved back in with Mom. SMH
    7. Online freelancer- Better job as I could work from home. Trouble was finding reliable clients.
    8. Brand ambassador work: Best Buy Virtual Reality Headset demonstrator, "virtually" no freedom, LOL just follow the script. Not a fan!
    Some of these jobs had their fun spots, but come on there's no way I wanted to do this stuff long term. Slow lane at best.
     
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    One question for MJ, I read in your book you have a college degree. So why did you still do all these sh*t jobs after college??

    P.S.
    btw i'm not a new member i just could not use my old account anymore i think it expired. I have been lurking for 6 years on this forum on and off.
     
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    Call centre worker - three years of my life I'll never get back (phone sales).

    Door to door salesman - dead end but at least I learnt sales skills was one of the top performers. 2 years.

    Labourer - doing this now best slowlane job ive had with highest pay, but dead end 6 days a week are expected. Casual so don't get paid holidays or when ill.

    KFC 6 months.

    Oh and a job in my chefs apprenticeship 1 st year apprentice 80 hour work weeks treated like dog shit everyday, kept going in not knowing if I'd have a job the next day. 11 months.

    I'm sure there's more.
     
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    1. Decoy carver, for competition and money. Also commercial crabbing and fishing, teenage years.
    2. Hunting guide - seasonal/occasional
    3. Greenhouse/Nursery laborer (still sunburnt 17 years later!)
    4. Roofer
    5. Construction worker/laborer
    6. Newspaper delivery (nights, 365/days/yr) for 2 years as a second job to working construction in the day.
    7. Cabinet maker
    8. Cabinet Shop owner
    9. Carpenter II, City of Virginia Beach (2011, 2 years)
    10. Carpenter III, City of Virginia Beach (moving up!)
    11. Carpentry Supervisor, City of Virginia Beach (moving up again!)
    12. Operations Coordinator, City of Virginia Beach (moving up again! 3 years, current position.)

    Some of these jobs overlapped and I worked simultaneously, especially when I had my own Cabinet Shop. There was a point from 2010-2015 when 120 hour weeks were the norm, I used this period to save money toward my house.
     
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    This is fun. Have pretty long list in just a few years.
    Right after high school - 12 hours shifts in glass fiber factory. *flashbacks of melting glass splashing. Had no breaks, job was really dangerous and unhealthy, not mentioning the glass fiber dust all over body.
    Did some other crap jobs in home country and then wen't abroad (eastern europe to scandinavia)
    Again, good old 12 hour/ 6 days a week construction jobs, while living with coworkers with deep mental, drug and alcohol issues (perfect for aspiring 19 year old).
    Switched countries many times, mostly the same construction related jobs.
    Tried newspaper delivery at nights, on a scooter, in fu*king winter.
    Started university, worked on the side in cold food warehouse. Insanely depressing after reading fastline. Now switched warehouse to dishwasher. Not cool, but the place if fancy af, it's really easy, nice people around and I get cool free stuff (1945 wine tasting was nice).
    Still depressed that I have to work such shit job, but I know I will change this soon.
     
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    I think the reason why he chose to do these short-term jobs rather than pursue a month-long search after the "perfect slowlane job" is because he value his time so much.

    There is no point in finding a "good" slowlane job (like conventional wisdom will tell you to do) if compared to the leverage a fastlane business could bring to your life. The main reason to choose a lower end job with minor responsibilities over a higher end management-like position is that with the former you don't have to work 70 - 80 hours a week.

    So in this case you're able to work on your own project without worriying about expenses every second. Altough this can be vital in the beginning to some degree, it can also be crippling.

    The purpose of a job is to pay the bills and to take responsibility for your own life.
     
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    Let's see...

    1. Paper Delivery Boy (Lasted 1 day!)
    2. Newsagent Customer Service (Step up?)
    3. Pizza Delivery
    4. Plant Nursery Labourer
    5. Tyre Factory Worker
    6. Magazine Factory Worker
    7. Apprentice Panel Beater
    8. Dump Truck Driver (Railway)
    9. Photographer (Own bus. Made some cash but wasn't dedicated)
    10. Pizza kitchen wash up dude
    11. Weekend construction labourer
    12. Apprentice Plumber (Stayed and got qualified)
    13. Leasehand/Floorhand/Motorman...now Assistant Driller on Workover Rig
    14. On weekend, Crane Operator or Dogman

    Also missed Suit Courier in the city!

    That's about it. Some interesting work and good experiences. Has taught me some good life skills - even if it has kept me in the slowlane. Bring on the next 10 years. Gonna kill it!
     
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    A post I can contribute to,

    Worst slowlane jobs

    Dish washer at a holiday camp, first job after school and lasted about 4 months
    Supermarket coop general chores, stocking shelves attending to customers 5 months - I didn't mind this job
    Picker in warehouse (Tobar) 1 month - walking 9 hours a day and very sore feet
    Factory worker at Sanyo television factory 3 months - brain numbing work.
     
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    One I just tried, very briefly:

    Uber driver. Basically working for less than minimum wage while slowly extracting the equity out of your vehicle. And that's even with the absolute perfect vehicle for the job (6+ year old Prius).
     
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    I don't know if I commented or not but my worst job was working on an oil rig. I was in the best shape of my life. I was a runner and over-all athlete. I had just won a gold metal for the decathlon in my city a couple of years before.... I was in tip top shape. So I went to work on an oil rig, came home, asked my wife at the time to run me a hot bath, went to bed and when I woke up the next morning I was more sore than I had ever been and never went back to that job! It kicked my @ss!

    I also worked 1 day as a brick layer helper and a few days doing different things with concrete. I washed dishes for a few different places and while it sucked, it wasn't hard. I quickly figured out I was not meant to work for someone else.
     
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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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