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INTRO Hello! This is my [rather long] story of the past 5 years.

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Cameron Scott

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Ready for some long-winded writing? Buckle in!

My name is Cam. I'm 27, I have a degree in Psychology -- which means next to nothing, but which cost me (and my parents) a pretty penny.

The way it stands, they will have debt from MY education for the rest of their lives.
I'm not comfortable with that, and I know I can help them with that.

After undergrad, I went to Grad school... for a Master's in Psych. It took me two long and painful years of hating the material for me to man up and finally leave without completing my Thesis. Many doubted me, but I felt empowered by taking control of my destiny. I needed work, however, and ended up applying to a vaguely worded 'web assistant' job off Craigslist.

It was in porn. Not acting, mind you:cool:, but as a kind of 'many-hats-wearing-computer-guy'. To be honest, I'm still employed by that company after over two years. More on why later.

After about a month in that job, I became numb to the constant barrage of private parts assaulting my eyeballs daily (I started by sending copyright notices to a multitude of sites in the adult web underworld). But I got my processes down. I learned Auto Hotkey and automated most of my work over the course of a few weeks. I began thinking of every process as an algorithm, and every facet of the job as a segment that could be batch-processed.

My job suddenly became 80% direct time-for-money trading. But the time was unsupervised and I saw it as a huge blessing at the time.

With my newfound time, I listened to audiobooks and podcasts, took notes on various ideas I was having relating business, and occasionally even wrote songs. Still, my boss loved me because I was one of the only reliable and efficient employees he had. I even created a whole training manual for employees who might want to use the same productivity tricks and tools (I built a web dashboard for my job) that I was using. To this day, nobody has even seen that training manual lol.

One day, I began looking for other jobs... jobs that I thought would be more 'appropriate' for someone like me. I'm a pretty straight-laced fellow... even most folks in my life still don't know my employment history. I found a sales job, basically an assistant-to-salesmen with the promise of working my way up a sales ladder. They sold to the military and other government branches. It seemed very 'straight edge' compared to my current job.

They made an offer (15/hour), I took it to my boss, and he gave me 20/hour to stay. He also let me start building an affiliate program. I worked my butt off creating derivative content of our adult videos. I made gifs, I made compilations, I made just about anything I could think of. It was something I got quite good at (Adobe Premiere) and I had a schedule that churned out new affiliate content every day. I was also responsible for finding affiliates to sell our memberships, but I found that I made way more just focusing on churning out my own affiliate-linked content. At my peak, over a year ago, my links made about 400/month of extra income. Today, I still make around 200 and I haven't created content since 2016.


After about 6 months of that, I started getting bored. The affiliate grind was stagnating, and a coworker was trying to snake his way into control of the affiliate platforms we used (so he could get more of the pie). I was cool with it, and I thought 'hey I should go back to school' :bored: What a slowlaner, eh.

Long story short, I got into an online program for getting an accelerated degree in Computer Science over the course of a year and a half. My boss (who still loves me) let me stay and work whatever hours I wanted (I do 10/week usually) and take my classes on the side.

I'm graduating with a C.S. degree in March, and I know a ton more about programming (especially web development) than I used to. The cost? Another $30k in debt to add to my other $12k that had slowly gone down from $25k in 2012.

Sigh, I'm not proud of that. Not at all. And now, as I polish my resume, portfolio, and network for job opportunities, I've been faced with the same nagging feeling... like I will find myself bored and unsatisfied in another few months.

I picked up MFL to read about 3 months ago, and didn't start until sometime in early January. Reading about 20 pages a night, I became obsessed. It's a real eye-opener. Sometimes, after reading a chapter, I had to close the book and just let it sink in for the rest of the night. I walk around in my downtown metro area and can't help but see the world through a Fastlaner perspective... It's been quite a shift for me. People on the street, people I know... it's amazing how ingrained the slowlane mindset is in my world. Anyway...MJ did a great job, and I'm 80% finished right now (according to my kindle). I plan on reading another couple chapters this evening.

I'm meeting you all at a crossroads. An intersection point in my life (i.e. a crisis point).

I've got friends at Amazon who are ready and willing to pass my resume off to web development managers. That's a 'stable job' that my fiancee is definitely pushing for me to take. She's been working two different jobs (one career, and one side 'hobby' job) to help support us while I bust my a$$ for software grades...

I feel that I owe her, my parents, and myself more than just a cushy corporate web job. I know, deep in my soul, that I can and should become more.

So, with mere weeks (about 7 to be exact) before I graduate, my options are the following:
Door #1) Study my butt off and try to ace some cushy corporate (still, entry-level) software job interviews.
Door #2) Stick around my current 'porn job' while working mostly on self-development, income streams, or still approaching Door #1 (a software job).
Door #3) Try to generate an income stream that justifies NOT taking a software job (or returning to work 40 hours at a meaningless adult-content job) before I run out of money.

I am thinking I will have to go with some combination, since I am new to the entrepreneurial mindset (the book both shattered and inspired me). I want to go all-out, but there a number of factors (like my fiancee and the fact that I basically owe her some stability after a very long 18 months). And if you recall, I'm also shackled to about $40k in debt (it's only 3% interest but STILL)!

I'm not here asking for advice. Feel free to offer it to me, but I wanted to introduce myself in a way that showed you what I'm truly about/where I am in life. I'm gripping my steering wheel with some sweaty a$$ palms, hoping I can find the interstate quickly.

The internet is my targeted interstate, considering I'm a newly minted developer of sorts. I have so many ideas, and I've gone through some long sessions of determining which ones constitute Fastlane. Not many are, but it's so nice to apply the 5 commandments and determine if it has any potential to leverage my time and scale.

So... here I am. Nice to meet you.

TLDR; I'm Cam, I have a lot of student debt (some very recent). I have a fiancee who I need to support, a dwindling bank balance, and some hard choices to make moving forward. However, I believe that with some hard work, focus, and determination, I can fit into this community and find my Fastlane. Thanks for having me.
 

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RobD88

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Hi Cam. Welcome. Your story isn't unlike many I've read on here in the little while I've been a member.

I myself just came across the MFL and then Unscripted as a follow up. I had been a serial business faker for years and now at 47 years old realize I wasted a lot of good years. I work a full time slow lane job during the day and work on my business every spare moment I get.

As long as you don't get too comfortable and lose your entrepreneurial drive there is nothing wrong with working a slow lane job until you get your fast lane up and running.

Everyone's situation is different. Do what feels right for you. Just don't stop moving forward on your dreams. You don't want to end up at 47 thinking if I would have only followed through with that one thing or that other thing or....

Better to life life with some ups and downs taking risks than a life of what ifs playing it safe.
 
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Cameron Scott

New Contributor
Read Millionaire Fastlane
Jan 31, 2018
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San Diego, CA
Everyone's situation is different. Do what feels right for you. Just don't stop moving forward on your dreams. You don't want to end up at 47 thinking if I would have only followed through with that one thing or that other thing or....
Thanks for the reply, Rob. And for making it through that long post...!

It sounds like, despite your lost time, you still have more than enough fire in you to succeed in the Fastlane. As you said, everyone's situation is different.

Thanks for sharing your story with me. I will use it as fuel.
 

A. Rodriguez

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Read Millionaire Fastlane
Jan 5, 2018
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Ready for some long-winded writing? Buckle in!

My name is Cam. I'm 27, I have a degree in Psychology -- which means next to nothing, but which cost me (and my parents) a pretty penny.

The way it stands, they will have debt from MY education for the rest of their lives.
I'm not comfortable with that, and I know I can help them with that.

After undergrad, I went to Grad school... for a Master's in Psych. It took me two long and painful years of hating the material for me to man up and finally leave without completing my Thesis. Many doubted me, but I felt empowered by taking control of my destiny. I needed work, however, and ended up applying to a vaguely worded 'web assistant' job off Craigslist.

It was in porn. Not acting, mind you:cool:, but as a kind of 'many-hats-wearing-computer-guy'. To be honest, I'm still employed by that company after over two years. More on why later.

After about a month in that job, I became numb to the constant barrage of private parts assaulting my eyeballs daily (I started by sending copyright notices to a multitude of sites in the adult web underworld). But I got my processes down. I learned Auto Hotkey and automated most of my work over the course of a few weeks. I began thinking of every process as an algorithm, and every facet of the job as a segment that could be batch-processed.

My job suddenly became 80% direct time-for-money trading. But the time was unsupervised and I saw it as a huge blessing at the time.

With my newfound time, I listened to audiobooks and podcasts, took notes on various ideas I was having relating business, and occasionally even wrote songs. Still, my boss loved me because I was one of the only reliable and efficient employees he had. I even created a whole training manual for employees who might want to use the same productivity tricks and tools (I built a web dashboard for my job) that I was using. To this day, nobody has even seen that training manual lol.

One day, I began looking for other jobs... jobs that I thought would be more 'appropriate' for someone like me. I'm a pretty straight-laced fellow... even most folks in my life still don't know my employment history. I found a sales job, basically an assistant-to-salesmen with the promise of working my way up a sales ladder. They sold to the military and other government branches. It seemed very 'straight edge' compared to my current job.

They made an offer (15/hour), I took it to my boss, and he gave me 20/hour to stay. He also let me start building an affiliate program. I worked my butt off creating derivative content of our adult videos. I made gifs, I made compilations, I made just about anything I could think of. It was something I got quite good at (Adobe Premiere) and I had a schedule that churned out new affiliate content every day. I was also responsible for finding affiliates to sell our memberships, but I found that I made way more just focusing on churning out my own affiliate-linked content. At my peak, over a year ago, my links made about 400/month of extra income. Today, I still make around 200 and I haven't created content since 2016.


After about 6 months of that, I started getting bored. The affiliate grind was stagnating, and a coworker was trying to snake his way into control of the affiliate platforms we used (so he could get more of the pie). I was cool with it, and I thought 'hey I should go back to school' :bored: What a slowlaner, eh.

Long story short, I got into an online program for getting an accelerated degree in Computer Science over the course of a year and a half. My boss (who still loves me) let me stay and work whatever hours I wanted (I do 10/week usually) and take my classes on the side.

I'm graduating with a C.S. degree in March, and I know a ton more about programming (especially web development) than I used to. The cost? Another $30k in debt to add to my other $12k that had slowly gone down from $25k in 2012.

Sigh, I'm not proud of that. Not at all. And now, as I polish my resume, portfolio, and network for job opportunities, I've been faced with the same nagging feeling... like I will find myself bored and unsatisfied in another few months.

I picked up MFL to read about 3 months ago, and didn't start until sometime in early January. Reading about 20 pages a night, I became obsessed. It's a real eye-opener. Sometimes, after reading a chapter, I had to close the book and just let it sink in for the rest of the night. I walk around in my downtown metro area and can't help but see the world through a Fastlaner perspective... It's been quite a shift for me. People on the street, people I know... it's amazing how ingrained the slowlane mindset is in my world. Anyway...MJ did a great job, and I'm 80% finished right now (according to my kindle). I plan on reading another couple chapters this evening.

I'm meeting you all at a crossroads. An intersection point in my life (i.e. a crisis point).

I've got friends at Amazon who are ready and willing to pass my resume off to web development managers. That's a 'stable job' that my fiancee is definitely pushing for me to take. She's been working two different jobs (one career, and one side 'hobby' job) to help support us while I bust my a$$ for software grades...

I feel that I owe her, my parents, and myself more than just a cushy corporate web job. I know, deep in my soul, that I can and should become more.

So, with mere weeks (about 7 to be exact) before I graduate, my options are the following:
Door #1) Study my butt off and try to ace some cushy corporate (still, entry-level) software job interviews.
Door #2) Stick around my current 'porn job' while working mostly on self-development, income streams, or still approaching Door #1 (a software job).
Door #3) Try to generate an income stream that justifies NOT taking a software job (or returning to work 40 hours at a meaningless adult-content job) before I run out of money.

I am thinking I will have to go with some combination, since I am new to the entrepreneurial mindset (the book both shattered and inspired me). I want to go all-out, but there a number of factors (like my fiancee and the fact that I basically owe her some stability after a very long 18 months). And if you recall, I'm also shackled to about $40k in debt (it's only 3% interest but STILL)!

I'm not here asking for advice. Feel free to offer it to me, but I wanted to introduce myself in a way that showed you what I'm truly about/where I am in life. I'm gripping my steering wheel with some sweaty a$$ palms, hoping I can find the interstate quickly.

The internet is my targeted interstate, considering I'm a newly minted developer of sorts. I have so many ideas, and I've gone through some long sessions of determining which ones constitute Fastlane. Not many are, but it's so nice to apply the 5 commandments and determine if it has any potential to leverage my time and scale.

So... here I am. Nice to meet you.

TLDR; I'm Cam, I have a lot of student debt (some very recent). I have a fiancee who I need to support, a dwindling bank balance, and some hard choices to make moving forward. However, I believe that with some hard work, focus, and determination, I can fit into this community and find my Fastlane. Thanks for having me.
Welcome Scott. Start taking action if you want to change your situation right now. Don't waste time with the ideas just begin executing. You learn as you go. The fastlane is all about probabilities. You don't have to be right the first time. Just keep trying who knows you might succeed at your first try.

If you build a business that profited $15,000 every month. That $40k debt wouldn't be a burden anymore. Let your focus be on your income side. But start taking swings with the knowledge you acquired so far from your studies, job experience and from the millionaire fastlane. Good luck.
 

Squanchy

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Why don't you start up your own porn site. The guy you are working for is probably making 8k+ /month in revenue and you are working for 20/hour?
 
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Cameron Scott

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Read Millionaire Fastlane
Jan 31, 2018
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San Diego, CA
Why don't you start up your own porn site. The guy you are working for is probably making 8k+ /month in revenue and you are working for 20/hour?
To be honest, it's not my cup of tea to book and deal with models and actors, etc. My boss makes FAR more than that, which is great for him. But he has been growing this business for almost 15 years and I don't have the desire to be a hands-on porn producer. With that being said, I've looked into tube site creation and other online income generators, but it's all very competitive and difficult to monetize.
 

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