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Old April 10th, 2008, 10:38 AM   #121
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Being a high school dropout that made good through hard work, the best piece of advice I can give is to follow your bliss.

Do what you love to do, whatever it is, and you will probably do it well because of your passion. Doing something well reaps greater financial reward, and doing what you love reaps rewards to which no dollar value can possibly measure.

My current title, whcih changes regulary as I move around, is Asset manager, but basically I am the facilities dude. I am in charge of everything from construction and improvements, to infrastructure projects, to maintenance and repair, safety, security, and anything to do with the place a business needs to DO business. I am analogous to NASA Ground Control, in that I am the one that takes care of everything else so the astronauts can focus on their mission. I'm on call 24/7 and have a crew of professionals that support me. I love what I do. If you love what you do you will never have to "work" a day in your life. I rarely call in sick or take vacations because I usually don't feel like NOT being here.

Check out Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Read what it's about. If you focus your efforts on the bottom blocks, it takes immense effort to work your way up. Go for the top: Self-actualization. If you focus on that the bottom blocks will just get filled in without much thought or effort.

It doesn't matter "what" you do for a living, but how and why. That is where your rewards and security will truly grow from.
By way of an example: my late wife made great money in what would be considered a great job, but she was frequently late to work or calling in sick, missing work, whatever. One day I confronted her on it and told her I think she hates her job. Her reply was that that was impossible because she made GREAT money...

I sat her down and asked her what she WANTED to do and she had no idea. I asked her what she LOVED and she had no idea. So i asked her, "If you could have any job you wanted regardless of your experience, what would it be?".... She still had no idea, but mentioned that it would probably be working with animals.

I pulled out the Yellow Pages and started thumbing through various animal related businesses and seeing if anything piqued her interest. We agreed that her current skillset would be ideal in a veterinary clinic and she would be close to animals.

We worked on her resume and sent it out to a few places. She also got on the phone and "interviewed" people in the business to see if it was suited to her. This got the attention of a clininc and next thing you know she gets a job offer.... For less money than she was making, but we could still pay our bills, just live a little more frugally. She changed jobs immediately. Within 3 years she went so far as to work for the Humane Society as an Adoption Counselor with an office FULL of thank you cards and letters, to being an award winning dog trainer and behaviorist, we fostered litters of dogs and cats whose parents were gone until they were healthy enough (after our bottle feeding them) to be adopted, and we raised our own rescued animals: 2 dogs, 4 cats, and a bird (I still have the one with only 1 back leg). She stopped going to the salon to have her hair and nails done and buying fancy work clothes, to getting a boy-cut, not wearing makeup, not doing her nais, wearing jeans, and looking happier, healthier and more beautiful than ever. All she ever taked about was her animals.

Not long after that she died quite suddenly of cancer, but before she did she thanked me for helping her focus on her needs and interests, and that she would die without regret because she went for it and din't waste her life.

True story.
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By way of an example: my late wife made great money in what would be considered a great job, but she was frequently late to work or calling in sick, missing work, whatever. One day I confronted her on it and told her I think she hates her job. Her reply was that that was impossible because she made GREAT money...

I sat her down and asked her what she WANTED to do and she had no idea. I asked her what she LOVED and she had no idea. So i asked her, "If you could have any job you wanted regardless of your experience, what would it be?".... She still had no idea, but mentioned that it would probably be working with animals.

I pulled out the Yellow Pages and started thumbing through various animal related businesses and seeing if anything piqued her interest. We agreed that her current skillset would be ideal in a veterinary clinic and she would be close to animals.

We worked on her resume and sent it out to a few places. She also got on the phone and "interviewed" people in the business to see if it was suited to her. This got the attention of a clininc and next thing you know she gets a job offer.... For less money than she was making, but we could still pay our bills, just live a little more frugally. She changed jobs immediately. Within 3 years she went so far as to work for the Humane Society as an Adoption Counselor with an office FULL of thank you cards and letters, to being an award winning dog trainer and behaviorist, we fostered litters of dogs and cats whose parents were gone until they were healthy enough (after our bottle feeding them) to be adopted, and we raised our own rescued animals: 2 dogs, 4 cats, and a bird (I still have the one with only 1 back leg). She stopped going to the salon to have her hair and nails done and buying fancy work clothes, to getting a boy-cut, not wearing makeup, not doing her nais, wearing jeans, and looking happier, healthier and more beautiful than ever. All she ever taked about was her animals.

Not long after that she died quite suddenly of cancer, but before she did she thanked me for helping her focus on her needs and interests, and that she would die without regret because she went for it and din't waste her life.

True story.
Just for giggles I will also mention that my philosophy is such because I don't believe in god, heaven, reincarnation or any of that, so I have to make this round count because for all I know this is it. Just a thought.
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Grew up wrenching at my Dad's garage in Saginaw. Thought I was sick of cars, closed up shop, and took a gig as a plumber for two years. Got "an offer I couldn't refuse" to work as a tech at Mcdonald Pontiac Cadillac GMC, 11 months into that, got an offer to work at AIS Equipment. That lasted 4 years, included transfering to the parts department, and moving to Grayling, to work at the Traverse City branch. Then jumped ship to manage the "rolling stock maintainence" shop for AJD forest products. Diagnosed with "anklyosing spondylitis", and/or "rheumatiod athritis", (flu-like symptoms, joint pain). Quit that job 4 years to the day. Decided not to pursue disability, (:miff:), currently in 4th year of working from home as mechanic on anything that comes along. Busier than I thought I would ever be. Building a big arse shop, to handle the biz.
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Old April 10th, 2008, 02:33 PM   #125
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What a co-incidence. So am I!
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Old April 10th, 2008, 04:52 PM   #126
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Old April 10th, 2008, 05:19 PM   #127
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Old April 10th, 2008, 05:23 PM   #128
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Old April 10th, 2008, 08:32 PM   #129
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i want to open up a Sonic in Lansing
Or a Dave & Busters
I know either one would do very well
Sonics in Michigan would make tons, but the qualifications you have to have to open one are ridiculous.

It took the guy opening the ones in wayne county like 2 years begging the company and 2 million dollars

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Old April 10th, 2008, 10:10 PM   #131
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Old April 10th, 2008, 10:24 PM   #132
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Grew up wrenching at my Dad's garage in Saginaw. Thought I was sick of cars, closed up shop, and took a gig as a plumber for two years. Got "an offer I couldn't refuse" to work as a tech at Mcdonald Pontiac Cadillac GMC, 11 months into that, got an offer to work at AIS Equipment. That lasted 4 years, included transfering to the parts department, and moving to Grayling, to work at the Traverse City branch. Then jumped ship to manage the "rolling stock maintainence" shop for AJD forest products. Diagnosed with "anklyosing spondylitis", and/or "rheumatiod athritis", (flu-like symptoms, joint pain). Quit that job 4 years to the day. Decided not to pursue disability, (:miff:), currently in 4th year of working from home as mechanic on anything that comes along. Busier than I thought I would ever be. Building a big arse shop, to handle the biz.
That's cool man. I love to hear stories of those that succeeded BECAUSE of adversity. It's possible that if you hadn't had your dignosis you wouldn't be doing what you are now. I envy you.
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I went through 5 different majors and 3 years of school until I realized I had no idea what I wanted to do. So I took a couple of years off, and now (at 25) I finally know what I want to do. I don't know how old you are, but it's not uncommon for people right out of high school to not know what they want to do, that's why it's not a good idea to go right to a university. Take community courses towards a gen ed degree until you know. It's a lot cheaper. If you plan on living in Detroit the rest of your life, you better do something medical bc that's about the only thing people are hiring for these days. It'll come to you.
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Your very fortunate to have landed a full time fire-fighting position, being an EMT in Michigan. I am currently finishing up my associates in fire science and have yet to find a job. I also am a licsened EMT
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