After 5 years of struggling and not even having time for a breather or gf (barely have time to post here once a week), I do not believe hard work, or
smart work, is what gets you into the 99th percentile.
Here is my story (my childhood was nonexistent and irrelevant, so skipping that part):
I graduated with a bachelor's degree at 19, won an undergraduate research expo (1st place) in social science, and had a very strong work ethic and
academic career. After many months of putting in my resume, I couldn't get a job and tried dozens of places. I once showed up to a job interview to be
a cashier (rock bottom) at a local store and was the only person in a suit and the only person who gave an appropriate interview (it was a group
interview). They never even called me back despite promising they would call everyone. They eventually hired the girl who literally didn't know what a
manhole cover was.
At 20 I found a lumber liquidating facility and purchased floorboards in bulk from them, after getting a loan from my uncle, and then resold them on
Craigslist and other forums for a 400% markup. It was back-breaking work but drew in several hundred a week. However, it wasn't enough to support
myself beyond the absolute minimum. I then got into drop shipping from Amazon to eBay and that involved being on top of things on an hourly basis,
very stressful, and still a very unreliable cash flow. I then went back to university for a Master's degree in management information systems, but I
had to drop out because my parents were very elderly and I needed to be on call for them for months. Consequently, all my student loans went towards
At 21-22 I taught myself Forex, which went well (still do it), but then got involved in a penny stock scam that crippled me. It was during this time I
tried looking for a steady, normal job again but it was even more difficult due to the no-working time gap in my resume. I also realized why I didn't
get a job before - it's because I don't use social media and have no online presence (on top of having a very "eccentric and different"
appearance/personality - which in the Southern U.S. is very bad). Employers nowadays want to be able to look you up on Google. I then authored a few
eBooks for Kindle - hoping for monthly income while I continued with Forex. "Greatest book I ever read, brilliant, just amazing," was the typical
response from everyone I gave it to. However, the problem was I never got anyone to actually write a review for it online. They were people who read
it in person and told me on the phone, so my Kindle sales never took off (reviews move it up on rankings). Since I have no connections, I could not
share my work either with hundreds and had no platform. I also didn't want to be unethical and pay firms to write reviews for me (MOST top sellers do
that). The little money I did make from being an author went into America's Cardroom. Yes...I was so desperate that I learned Texas Hold'em and
gambled online. I shoved all in on a 98% winning hand on the flop and lost it the river. I would have been a fool not to do that move, but got shanked
At 23 (my current age) I built off my knowledge acquired from self-publishing and created a publishing company. I taught myself how to format
documents for eBooks, copyright material, trademark logos, buy and assign ISBNs, design covers with Picasa + Gimp 2, edit documents, build websites
and more. I have a steady client flow but it's small still and I am running the whole business, top to bottom, myself. My next plan: offer services on
I was never given a chance in my life and now I'm almost 24 and still have never worked for someone. I never had more than $600 in savings. I have
more skills than anyone else my age but it will never matter. I starve, suffer, live in a shack, and consider ODing on sleeping pills on a regular
basis. However, I continue, and dream to have the power to change the world in a meaningful way someday.
From my life experience, what pays off is: 1) connections 2) luck 3) blue blood 4) more CONNECTIONS
. You can write one of the most enlightening
pieces of literature in history, but it doesn't matter if nobody learns it exists. You can perform a duty better than anyone else, but it doesn't
matter if you're not ever given a chance to because you lack connections.
I've done some stupid things, even in the life story above, but that is the product of a young man being entirely on his own from his early teens. I
don't even have someone to bounce ideas off of, or help me on basic things. If there is a chance of getting into the 1% with hard work and heartache
alone, I will prove it eventually.
edit on 27-2-2014 by TheLegend because: (no reason given)