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Thread: Jack of all trades, master of none. Trying to pay the bills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Arendee View Post
    I'm just not sure where to get started.
    Mayhaps Habitat for Humanity? Of course it doesn't pay the bills, but folks tend to be eager to teach, and one or two sessions could learn you a thing or two. Slap it on a resume as a thing you've gotten some experience with, and apply entry level from there.


    Good idea tying carpentry to real estate, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sleuthiness View Post
    I highly recommend a career in breakdancing.
    Or a career in breaking other people who try to dance.....with a hammer.
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    Is real estate going to "revamp" soon in the US? Or do you live in a particularly rich place where real estate always goes well? (as you may notice, I'm not a fan of real estate lol)

    teaching gymnastics and being a freelance carpenter could somehow be complementary tho, unless you have to do either full-time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Arendee View Post
    Carpentry is an incredible way to meet real estate investors (um... 90% of your bosses?), not to mention I enjoy doing it and I'd be able to expand fairly easily. I'm just not sure where to get started. I know how saws work and screws etc, but I've never applied these skills to real life.

    I'm gonna have to do some research.
    I have three uncles that are carpenters [my mom's brothers] and one that buys houses, revamps them and then rents them. I'll make it a point to talk to them first chance I get. Also, if I'm not mistaken, they all started out as apprentices for an established carpenter or rather they got on and worked for him for a while then they started their own business. One of them is insane [seriously, got an IQ of like 160 but is nutty as a bag of peanuts], but he sure can design and build homes!
    A student said to his master: "You teach me fighting, but you talk about peace. How do you reconcile the two?" The master replied: "It is better to be a warrior in a garden than to be a gardener in a war." - unknown/Chinese

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    Carpentry and real estate sound like the most stable, realistic options. Would you prefer to work hard with your hands or work hard with your brain, time (as in constantly working), and networking/social skills? I think real estate is probably the best option for an eventual large income.

    If you're thinking seriously about carpentry, maybe try some hobby woodworking first. Once you learn how to build furniture and cabinets which look nice and are built to tight tolerances, most of the other carpentry tasks seem a bit crude and easier.

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    Male prostitute? You are pretty sexy . . .
    "My comrades and my beloved, upon your way you shall meet men with hoofs; give them your wings. And men with horns; give them wreaths of laurel. And men with claws; give them petals for fingers. And men with forked tongues; give them honey words." --Kahlil Gibran, The Garden of The Prophet

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    One must weigh, in 2 separate yet overlapping instances, the value of personal desire and empiric demand. To the n-th degree, this is whether you prefer an a more absolute sense to do what you want or to enjoy the benefit of stability. I suggest starting there and working backwards... make a venn diagram, even.

    Anyone who tells you to go too far in either direction is not giving you good advice. The homeless street performer and the wall street banker each have their form of emptiness.

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