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I’m in university studying engineering at the moment. Because of this, I’m limited to side hustles and short term hustles.

I had an engineering exam coming up and we are allowed to bring a double-sided A4 sheet of notes for it. As I was making mine, I was thinking about how time-consuming and annoying it was to make despite it being a great asset in an exam. And then it hit me. What if I sold copies of mine? I started working on my notes much harder and finally got it done. I typed up a post on our ENGR101 general discussion forum. The great thing about the forum was that it sent an automatic email to every ENGR101 student. Here’s the post:

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I was pretty proud of it. I sat back and relaxed, hitting refresh every now and then. That’s when the most beautiful thing happened. I started getting orders!


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While all of this business was coming in, I remained oblivious to the destructive problem I had missed. In a moment of fatigue, I had made my redacted version for public viewing a word document! This meant anyone could easily make a copy of the document and remove the black highlights I had made! And here’s the moment I realized:


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My heart sank. This was the very first time I had ever created value and sold it. I learnt a valuable lesson: Make my sh*t theft proof. I was rushing to post the ad completely missed this iceberg. To say the least, this hustle ship sank like the damn titanic! The following is a bunch of posts and emails that came after the moment I realized (keep in mind that every post and reply sends an automatic email to every ENGR101 student!).


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I was understandably pissed off…


But at least there are still good people in this world:

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At this point, there were a ridiculous amount of replies (our forum was only meant to handle a few replies for every post!). Here’s my reply to the post above:
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Here's that Youtube video:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJptNo9OjSY



What a great guy. Not only did he message me privately, he also beautifully explained the circumstances that I was selling under in this post:
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Despite this, there are still haters:
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Even German ones (or ones trying to show off their German?). It google translate says that it means “You are a bad person”:
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And there’s always the hater who goes out of their way to contact you personally:
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Got a few of these as well:
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An ethical conversation was even created! This is especially funny as that was one of the topics in our engineering course!
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And that’s when the rickrolling started…
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Someone even made a meme!
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In the end, it was a good lesson and some good laughs (after I got over it haha):

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This guy is checking for plagiarism using turnitin:
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And here’s my Professor’s response:
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All up, there were a total of 2 posts with 51 replies!

Thanks for tuning in and hearing my story!
 

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I think the important thing was for you to start.
It took a lot of confidence for you to put yourself out there.
I am sure you won't make the same mistake again next time.
 

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I think the important thing was for you to start.
It took a lot of confidence for you to put yourself out there.
I am sure you won't make the same mistake again next time.
Thank you.

You are completely right, I'm not very extroverted and I still struggle with putting myself out there. Worrying that it will go wrong and it won't work without even giving it a shot.
It was a great lesson to have learnt and because of how I learnt it, I don't think I'll be forgetting anytime soon :)

Thanks for your input!
 

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Ha Ha, as your professor said, great entrepreneurial initiative. Kudos to you.

And you learned a potent lesson: If people were willing to pay to cheat their way to a cheat-sheet, didn't you think they would cheat YOU too?

Welcome to human nature and the growing onslaught of people who think everything should be free. It's now a part of business.
 

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Ha Ha, as your professor said, great entrepreneurial initiative. Kudos to you.

And you learned a potent lesson: If people were willing to pay to cheat their way to a cheat-sheet, didn't you think they would cheat YOU too?

Welcome to human nature and the growing onslaught of people who think everything should be free. It's now a part of business.
Thank you MJ!
 

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Thank you MJ!
I love this share of yours @10Fold Thanks for being detailed & walking us through this entrepreneurial initiative. I must say, I'm an engineer, & we also had these A4 cheat sheets back on campus over 13 years ago, they were like gold, this was a brilliant idea of yours as I remember it took us hours & hours to personally create & customize them.
I still feel university has MANY more of these challenges which bode well for entrepreneurial minded guys.
 

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I love this share of yours @10Fold Thanks for being detailed & walking us through this entrepreneurial initiative. I must say, I'm an engineer, & we also had these A4 cheat sheets back on campus over 13 years ago, they were like gold, this was a brilliant idea of yours as I remember it took us hours & hours to personally create & customize them.
I still feel university has MANY more of these challenges which bode well for entrepreneurial minded guys.
Thank you SSTrey! Happy I could give you a dose of nostalgia! I'll keep that in mind as I go through uni, thanks again!
 

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