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How do you make a living?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by DaaaaaaBears, May 9, 2016.

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How do you pay the bills?

  1. Investments

    1 vote(s)
    2.0%
  2. Business Owner

    9 vote(s)
    18.4%
  3. Corporate America

    17 vote(s)
    34.7%
  4. Service Industry

    2 vote(s)
    4.1%
  5. Government

    5 vote(s)
    10.2%
  6. Old Money - Inheritance

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Contract Work

    1 vote(s)
    2.0%
  8. Real Estate

    1 vote(s)
    2.0%
  9. Construction

    3 vote(s)
    6.1%
  10. Other - Please Specify

    10 vote(s)
    20.4%
  1. DaaaaaaBears

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    I thought this would be an interesting poll because I always enjoy learning about those vastly more successful than I am. I grew up in a family with little to no prospects of ever being more than a car mechanic or meth addict in rural America. I've done slightly better than that and I have more of a white collar job, but I still want more. I doubt I will ever get there working for someone else, so I'm at the point in my life where I'm starting to try to think outside the box.

    My household would probably be considered firmly in the middle class. I want us to be comfortable to the point where we can enjoy the spoils of life a little more and travel a little more than we do.

    Some of you ultra-successful individuals on this board probably have a hand in many different ventures, but where did you get your start? I tried to make the poll anonymous, but please feel free to share as much or little as you would like.
     
  2. ken2v

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    I married above my pay grade.

    As for specifics, going back from today in time: freelance travel and golf writer; high-end zombie in a small, soul-less, ethically-bankrupt, step-over-a-dollar-to-pick-up-a-dime, mother-fucker-run, dysfunctional, closely-held (and not by me) corporation; political aide/advisor; journalist; zombie in a mind-numbing graduate program; beer slinger; ski and sporting goods sales dude/ski tech.
     
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  3. mnmurphy

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    Management consultant at a boutique firm. Prior to that I was in MBA school and prior to that I was a financial analyst for Corp America.

    Money is decent, but the hours and unpredictability suck. Have enough money to go to Vegas... but my trips are hard to plan in advance of a month.
     
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    In-house attorney at a tech company.
     
  5. geoff

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  6. RockyBalboa

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    I sell wood.

    Houston economy is starting to suck hind tit.
     
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    the economy across the country is way worse than what is being reported by the media. Down in the trenches, middle America / small businesses, things are slow and not a lot of money being spent. Jobs reporting does not disclose under-employed, or people having to work 2 jobs now instead of one to make ends meet. All those laid off at $80k a year jobs are now accepting jobs at $40-$50k a year. Still employed, but at a lower wage
     
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    Sooo.... You're a whore for men. Is your avatar your uniform?
     
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    Govt Auditor...lol.
     
  10. RockyBalboa

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    Interesting - I didn't realize it was like that. Good insight thanks.

    My gauge is usually on home sales and whatever the lumber market is. We are still seeing strong sales on lumber for the rest of the country much to the chagrin of our customers here. They're wondering why the maple and other species aren't dropping in price and it's because demand is high elsewhere.

    The import plywood - which is a very strong market here - has dropped in price but that's because of the dollar and the weak Chinese economy.
     

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