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I have one more month of rent and food left. I recently moved and looked for a quick job and got a job offer but the pay is incredibly shit ($18 an hour). I was thinking not taking the job would light a fuel under my a$$ because if i were to take the job I would be too comfortable with my position in the job. What do you guys think? Should I just take the job? How do I make sure I'm not complacent?
 

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I have one more month of rent and food left. I recently moved and looked for a quick job and got a job offer, but the pay is incredibly shit ($18 an hour). I was thinking not taking the job would light a fuel under my a$$ because if i were to take the job I would be too comfortable with my position in the job. What do you guys think? Should I just take the job? How do I make sure I'm not complacent?
You have one month until your on the street and you dont want to get a job?

Forget the fast lane and get off the sidewalk first.

Get a job, any job and do it this week.
 

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When I was younger, I thought, hey instead of paying house rent... why don't I go live inside my car! You know.. shock the system and light a fire under my entrepreneurial a$$! Not a good idea.

Just get a job. Get a roof over your head and get some food in you.
 

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When I was younger, I thought, hey instead of paying house rent... why don't I go live inside my car! You know.. shock the system and light a fire under my entrepreneurial a$$! Not a good idea.

Just get a job. Get a roof over your head and get some food in you.
Yeah some part of my cocky young mind I'd saying BURN THE BOATS FVCK IT but another part of me is saying stfu get a job and save money while you build the business on the side
 

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When I was younger, I thought, hey instead of paying house rent... why don't I go live inside my car! You know.. shock the system and light a fire under my entrepreneurial a$$! Not a good idea.

Just get a job. Get a roof over your head and get some food in you.
[/QUOTid you really think that way?
 

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When I was younger, I thought, hey instead of paying house rent... why don't I go live inside my car! You know.. shock the system and light a fire under my entrepreneurial a$$! Not a good idea.

Just get a job. Get a roof over your head and get some food in you.
Did you really think that way?
I want to know if I'm a nut for thinking this way or is fairly common
 

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Yeah some part of my cocky young mind I'd saying BURN THE BOATS FVCK IT but another part of me is saying stfu get a job and save money while you build the business on the side
Did you really think that way?
I want to know if I'm a nut for thinking this way or is fairly common
Yes I did and I look back at it and boy was I naive. I don't have to risk my life and health to "get me motivated or push me to do something". I felt exactly like you. Anyone who wasn't for me or supported me, screw them. I'm going to make it.

If anything if I did that, that would've made my life 10000 times more difficult.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with getting a job. Especially if you need to pay food and rent. There's a huge circle-jerk of negativity in entrepreneurial groups of about how bad it is to get a job. If anything,
1. Get a job
2. Pay the bills to have a roof over yourself.
3. Have money for food.
4. Learn on the job. You're getting paid to learn and mess up. Soak in as much as possible. It doesn't matter if your a fry-cook or some senior person. LEARN and survive.
 

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Yes I did and I look back at it and boy was I naive. I don't have to risk my life and health to "get me motivated or push me to do something". I felt exactly like you. Anyone who wasn't for me or supported me, screw them. I'm going to make it.

If anything if I did that, that would've made my life 10000 times more difficult.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with getting a job. Especially if you need to pay food and rent. There's a huge circle-jerk of negativity in entrepreneurial groups of about how bad it is to get a job. If anything,
1. Get a job
2. Pay the bills to have a roof over yourself.
3. Have money for food.
4. Learn on the job. You're getting paid to learn and mess up. Soak in as much as possible. It doesn't matter if your a fry-cook or some senior person. LEARN and survive.
Being introduced to this world I felt that getting a job means I gave up and a loser. I do have the fire in my belly of making it at all cost and feel that having a job is a safety net. I do believe that not having a job will light the biggest fire under my a$$ but I feel it will bite me in the a$$.
 

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Let’s say you don’t get a job.
What would you do then?

EDIT: Yes you should.
 

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Being introduced to this world I felt that getting a job means I gave up and a loser. I do have the fire in my belly of making it at all cost and feel that having a job is a safety net. I do believe that not having a job will light the biggest fire under my a$$ but I feel it will bite me in the a$$.
Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. But I’d HIGHLY recommend getting a job if you’re trying to cover rent or pay for food. Especially within the month. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with having a job and growing something on the side.

This will be my final post here because I don’t want to keep repeating my opinion. It’s up to you to ultimately decide.
 

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You take the job AND start/work on your business. If you are asking the question, I would guess you either do not have a business or you have one that can't fund a roof over your head.

There is nothing inherently wrong with a job, make sure you have a plan to use it as a stepping stone, save up some runway and then reassess.

Buy yourself some time now and look after your immediate needs. You can still go hard on your business, there are a lot of hours in a week, just keep you ultimate goal in mind.
 

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Some people are entrepreneurial as in they simply see problems everywhere, have an idea and set up a company to provide the solution they have concocted

Richard Branson is like this.

But most have simply had a job, got to know that sector and seen opportunities within that sector that they believe they can improve, and then set up a company.

Example. I am just reading in the paper today that two brothers aged 47 and 48 are the lead buyers for ASDA in the UK from WALMART at £6.5 billion.

They own 5500 petrol stations (Gas Stations) and have bought hundreds across the US too. Plus hundreds of shops called Krogers in the US. Presumably they have no petrol stations so they must be thinking of adding them.

When Shell and BP and Esso were selling thousands of them to get out of the dying market they started buying them up as they saw what now seems obvious.

Anyway, guess where they worked when they were younger to have figured out 'what if we did this?' and the tested it.

Yep. A petrol station. And then they bought one. And then another. And then....

So whatever job you have been offered there will be companies making tens of millions in that field.

Any job is a cog. Branson is simply a cog in a machine of his creation but none-the-less still a cog.

It is up to you to either look at being a cog and moan about it or to try and figure out how your particular cog fits into the complete machine and see if you can figure out ways that you could improve the machine.

Dan
 

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Just remember if you don't get a job now, then you are putting more at risk. If you mess it up, it would take a lot of effort, energy and time to re-build - which will prolong your business success. I assume.

I take risks, but I always try to be calculated about it and not risk losing what I have and taking steps backwards.

When I was a teen my dream was to leave the slum I was living in and go to UK. One evening I had enough, so I booked a train tickets and went to England. I had only booked a hotel for 1 week.

Getting a job, bank account and housing during a week's time was too much, obviously. So I had to go back home with the tail between my legs.

My will was "too" strong, in the sense that I became irrational.

As men, we need to be logical and calculate things. Don't make moves based on emotions. I fully understand that you want this more than anything - but is it really the smartest move? Probably not.

Taking a crappy job is probably the hardest step, but might be the best one.

All the best.
 

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I have one more month of rent and food left. I recently moved and looked for a quick job and got a job offer but the pay is incredibly shit ($18 an hour). I was thinking not taking the job would light a fuel under my a$$ because if i were to take the job I would be too comfortable with my position in the job. What do you guys think? Should I just take the job? How do I make sure I'm not complacent?
You can always create a progress thread on your side hustle here if you fear of being too comfortable and have no accountability to your business goal.
 

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"Burning the boats", "going all-in", "going broke or going rich"...

I've made this mistake way too many times.
The rationale was always the same: Steve Jobs/Bill Gates/Mark Zuckerberg all quit what they were doing to go full time on their business, so why shouldn't I?
Besides, if you're a real entrepreneur, you have no time for a job, that would be for average joes...Me? I want to HUSTLE!

...
Well no.
Thanks in part to @MJ DeMarco, and also some other great insights I got from various sources, it took me *only* 7 years to understand that having a regular job does not preclude building a business (save for a few rare exceptions).

What I realized is if you can't start a profitable business working on it 5-10 hours a week on it, throwing in more hours won't change the results.
 

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This is the BEST answer!
''I once tweeted that if you’re not willing to take a minimum-wage job, you’re
not willing to be an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs can go weeks, sometimes
months, without getting paid. Are you willing to make that sacrifice? If you aren’t
willing to work for the minimum, how can you expect to work for nothing?'' - Extracted from UNSCRIPTED CHAPTER 14(Threat#2:Your Guarded PrideAnd Ego)
 

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If the business is not creating enough income to pay for your personal necessities (food/rent/etc), and to fund the GROWTH bills for your business (marketing is a big one). You should probably get a job.

This was a hard one for me to learn. If you don't have skills that will put you in a decent paying job. It might be a good idea to find a highly paid skill, spend time learning and mastering it and using that to get you a job that provides enough income to live well and give you money to use for a business.
 

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