posted on Apr, 8 2011 @ 03:53 PM
Find something you like, the money will follow. Degree or no degree.
My education is limited to a HS diploma. Over the course of 15 years, I worked my way up from phone guy to senior programmer at a software
development firm. Made decent money, but hated my job. Then things went south and I found myself unemployed, with no savings (my kids are spoiled...
sue me). With a mortgage payment past due already, I took the first money making opportunity that presented itself.
This opportunity came in the form of my neighbor complaining that someone had failed to show up to clean out his gutters. I made $60. He referred me
to someone else a few houses up that needed a few tree stumps removed. They knew a disabled person who needed someone to pick up dog poo in their yard
on a regular basis.
Over the next few months, I would repair and build fences and decks, perform yard clean ups, light landscaping duty (sprinklers, etc.), trash hauling,
handy man jobs... anything I could do for a buck or two. I realized I had actually been making a living over these months, and even better I realized
I had enjoyed every minute of it. No boss, no desk, no computer, phone or traffic. No deadlines or pushy clients. I was getting paid spendable cash
multiple times a day, and when I started counting it, I realized I was working far fewer hours and earning considerably more than I was previously. I
never thought of myself as the type of person who does odd jobs for a living, I was just lucky enough to be forced into it by the universe.
The point is, where there's a will, there's a way. That my friends, is the American Dream. Expecting good fortune to rain down on
you for no other reason than you're standing on American soil, or expecting it to be easy, or even "fair", well, that's more of an American