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johnmgr

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Hello gals and guys, nice to meet you all.

I'm John Gonzalez, a 33 years old psychology grad from Venezuela.

I want to become a professional problem solver because (entrepreneur). I don't want to worry over money for the rest of my life, while not wasting that life chasing money. Whoever said money don't make your problems go away haven't face an empty fridge with and empathy stomach.

I took this ideology from my godfather and my dad's boss. They usually took us on vacations, all expenses covered and I never saw them asking "how much does it cost?" or "Do you have a cheaper option?" and my personal favorite "I'll come back later".

But they made their money the "old fashion" way, going to college and graduating with honors. What I didn't know at the time, and only learn thanks to MJ, was that they where top problem solvers, my dad boss by improving different varieties of rice seeds, and my godfather specializing in security vault locksmiths.

And I was fascinated by them and thought that was going to be my life as well, having enough money to work whenever I want and enjoying life.

But tragedy stroke, and overnight I learned that I wasn't the son of a king; rather the son of an employee. Overnight my dad's boss and my godfather got in a lawsuit regarding some land they bought together, and my dad was taking care of those lands. We lose everything, my dad was left unemployed and with an anxiety that forces him to take medication, my mom as the only supplier of the house for almost a decade, with just a teacher's income, and my teenage sister and me with barely any food.

So I went to college, graduate with honors in a profession that I really like, and began working as soon as possible. Chavez was already in power so I only got a job with the government, although everyone was happy, including me.

I began working as a therapist in a rehabilitation center funded by the state. The director of the center was a childhood friend of mine, so she was the one that told me they were looking for personal. I was making enough money, the economy wasn't that bad, although there were clear signs of what was to come.

I was there for over 2 years until someone found that we weren't supporters of the government, so the changed the regional directors, and put a new director in the center, firing my former boss. This new guy made everyone job a living hell.

He purposely bothered our patients just to make us work harder. Every Monday there was a line of people waiting for me to tell me that they wanted to abandon the program, and I had to spend the whole day talking to everyone just to convince them to stay, just remembering that makes my neck hurts.

So I decided to quit, I was getting terrible back pains and always was angry, while the government kept ruining the country, making food scarce, devaluing the currency and more.

That was my moment, when I realize, "I can't do this anymore", I can't keep working like this, with this a**hole destroying everything, and the harder I work the less value money has, and to top all of that, they put an incompetent to run a rehab center, sorry but no.

I told the authorities how their "loyal socialist" was stealing cooking oil and deodorant from the center supplies, so they fire him as well.

As a result, I set my mind, "I need money" the problem is that desperation is a terrible advisor, and it was desperation and my lack of experience that made me a money chaser, jumping from one "fast money tutorial" to the next, and so, I broke with my girlfriend and had to move back with my parents, I was working a meaningless job at a hotel while trying to figure out how to make money.

And a few years later I was getting back on track, in 2018 I began to work as V.A. for a dropshipping store, I was doing well, saving some money. Then I partner with someone to lunch a dropshipping store, and for the most part of 2018 and 2019, I was getting back up again. And then the country had massive blackouts. We spend almost a month without electricity and completely disconnected from the world.

When we finally got the electricity back I discovered that my partner moved forward without me, and I had to use most of my savings in food and reparations.

Recently I borrow Unscripted from a friend, that's why I'm here. Reading it feels like a punch in the guts on how real it is, but it also opens my eyes to the fact that I became a money chaser, and that will always keep me broke, alone and miserable.

And, it also opened my eyes to what I have to do, and not do, to finally achieve my goal. Every product I tried to sell, every MLM I joined, every PTC, micro task, or user testing side was me chasing money, all of that mistakes that caused my relationship and several chances to get out of the country.


Now I have several ideas I'm working, One regarding the "motivational" industry, that bothers me, and most psychology professionals I know; but no one is doing anything about it.

So, that's it for today, this is part of who I am, and why I'm here.

Have a placement day.
 

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Welcome John, how have things been in Venzuela? The US News Media is corrupt so can't trust what they report. Hope you are well and thank you for the great introduction.
 

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Welcome John, how have things been in Venzuela? The US News Media is corrupt so can't trust what they report. Hope you are well and thank you for the great introduction.

Thanks to you man, I'm sure you get this a lot, but you gave me a new perspective.

The situation is actually really bad, food is getting more expensive by the day, now gasoline is also extremely expensive, and really hard to get, some people stay inline for days just to get 5 gallons, in a country famous for extracting oil; blackouts are still common and most of the city where I live actually have problem with the water supply, there are people that haven't seen water in their pipes in weeks.

Although my family and I are relatively well, we have food, not much but enough and we have no problem with water thanks to water tank; there are people a few blocks from where I live that are living way worse, so we're "lucky"

This is what allows me to focus on pursuing an entrepreneur career, after 7 years of practicing as a psychologist, and a year working at a hotel. And also thanks to capitalism, which is getting to us to the little internet we still have, I still have hopes to get out of here, and to achieve my goal.

And again, thanks, MJ.
 

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Hola amigo, bienvenidos!

I was in Colombia just a year ago and it was quite hearthbreaking to see all the Venezuelan refugees in the country. I have never met anyone more supportive of capitalism than the Venezuelans I've met while in Colombia! I hope this situation will improve soon for you guys.

Best,

M.
 

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Hi John,

Your post struck a chord with me and I welcome you wholeheartedly to this wonderful forum. I hope it leads you to success on the path to freedom.

Problem solving to provide value is one of the key messages you will find many times here.

I established an international business exporting the chemical products that I produced, and it was all a result of problem solving. I was not educated in that field but while working in a sales job I saw a need and worked out how to fix it.

I mention this because you might be tempted to limit your business search to the area in which you have been trained. You probably have other talents, so don't ignore them.

Best wishes,
Walter
 

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Wow! Quite the intro!

Welcome to the forum! It is great to have you here. I am fascinated with what is going on in Venezuela. So unfortunate.

I think it is the natural tendency of a democracy to end up there. Would you agree?
 

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Thanks to you man, I'm sure you get this a lot, but you gave me a new perspective.

The situation is actually really bad, food is getting more expensive by the day, now gasoline is also extremely expensive, and really hard to get, some people stay inline for days just to get 5 gallons, in a country famous for extracting oil; blackouts are still common and most of the city where I live actually have problem with the water supply, there are people that haven't seen water in their pipes in weeks.

Although my family and I are relatively well, we have food, not much but enough and we have no problem with water thanks to water tank; there are people a few blocks from where I live that are living way worse, so we're "lucky"

This is what allows me to focus on pursuing an entrepreneur career, after 7 years of practicing as a psychologist, and a year working at a hotel. And also thanks to capitalism, which is getting to us to the little internet we still have, I still have hopes to get out of here, and to achieve my goal.

And again, thanks, MJ.

Thank you for the report my friend, stay safe. Hope to see you here a lot.
 

johnmgr

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Hola amigo, bienvenidos!

I was in Colombia just a year ago and it was quite hearthbreaking to see all the Venezuelan refugees in the country. I have never met anyone more supportive of capitalism than the Venezuelans I've met while in Colombia! I hope this situation will improve soon for you guys.

Best,

M.
Thanks Mon!

Best for you too.
 

johnmgr

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Hi John,

Your post struck a chord with me and I welcome you wholeheartedly to this wonderful forum. I hope it leads you to success on the path to freedom.

Problem solving to provide value is one of the key messages you will find many times here.

I established an international business exporting the chemical products that I produced, and it was all a result of problem solving. I was not educated in that field but while working in a sales job I saw a need and worked out how to fix it.

I mention this because you might be tempted to limit your business search to the area in which you have been trained. You probably have other talents, so don't ignore them.

Best wishes,
Walter
Thanks, Walter.

And thanks for the advice, I'm still processing a lot and trying to figure out who to do things, so I'll keep your advice really close.
 

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johnmgr

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Wow! Quite the intro!

Welcome to the forum! It is great to have you here. I am fascinated with what is going on in Venezuela. So unfortunate.

I think it is the natural tendency of a democracy to end up there. Would you agree?
Hey

I agree to an extent, the problem, in my opinion, the problem is that modern democracy in Venezuela has been lead by the socialists. If I remember correctly since 1940 we only had socialist presidents than only increase the dependence of the people on government funding and, they believe that the government had to fix their life.

Chavez won because he promises to end the corruption, like every politician, and to give more free stuff to people because to was a "social debt" but in the process ruined thecountry.
 

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