I am a thief.
What am I stealing? My time.
How can I possibly steal my own time?
Because I’m stealing it from my boss. I go to work five days a week. I’m there for 40 hours. And I spend a lot of time getting my grind on. Except that what I’m grinding on is my side-gig, where I make substantially more per hour when I’m willing to put in more than a bare minimum effort.
When it comes to my day job, I’m not putting in anything BUT the bare minimum.
Why? They don’t pay me. They ain’t gonna pay me. I show up for work, do the job, and go home. I don’t do extra and they don’t ask for extra. These people know the deal. They know what will happen if they want more work out of me.
The difference between 2016 and 2017 is this: I’m not interested in them giving me more money. I’d rather keep getting shitty pay and steal the time back to make better money.
Having a great side-gig isn’t about having extra money, though. Well sure, it’s about that. But it’s not what makes the hustle great.
It’s about making money doing something you love and being able to tailor it to your schedule.
You know, pretty much the exact opposite of what your day job does. So if you’re looking to get your side-gig on, you might be wondering what you can do for extra money. Other bloggers will say “Do what you love”. I suppose that’s true. After all, I’m doing what I love.
Here’s the problem
If you’re a member of the working poor, you likely don’t have many hobbies. Because you can’t afford them. The hobbies you do have could very well be illegal. So you’re limited to sex and sleep to pass the time, keep you entertained, and keep you out of the clank.
Actually…that sounds ok to me…
So you don’t have many hobbies cuz you’re broke. You don’t have any marketable skills or cash to invest in yourself to learn those skills.
So what’s the play?
There are a few different ways that you can approach this issue. Step one is to figure out what you want to do. Step two is to research what you’re going to need to accomplish that goal.
“I wish I could get paid for x.” You can. Provided x is realistic.
If you’re 35, working at Burger King, spending all of your extra money on weed and jerking off to anime porn, then chances are if your x is being a doctor or lawyer, you’re just plain fucked. It’s not going to happen. That scenario is unrealistic.
Let’s say you have a shitty, thankless CNA job. Let’s say your x is a better position in the medical field. THAT is something realistic. There are a multitude of well-paying jobs in the medical field that only require a two-year degree. There are also a multitude of scholarships and grants to get you there completely free. However, you gotta be willing to grind. You have to take what you want. The world doesn’t owe you shit and it isn’t going to hand you anything.
Let’s say you work a corporate job. You hate it. The necktie feels like a noose, slowly choking the vitality from your soul for 8-12 hours a day, 5-6 days a week. You’ve always wanted to learn how to cook so you get a part time job in a restaurant. You love it! (If this is the case, chances are you’re the only person at that job who does.)
You decide to buy a food cart. Because you’re a corporate guy and you have the money to afford such a thing. You spend your weekends lugging your cart to sporting events or craft breweries or whatever. The cart has brought you an inner peace, happiness, and work-life balance that makes your corporate job bearable. It was never about the money.
If you enjoy sitting on your ass all day, chain-smoking menthols and all you want to do with your time is fill out surveys for a dollar a day because you’re bored af, that’s fine.
That’s realistic. If you can get by with that and it makes you happy, go for it. A dollar a day from survey sites is very realistic. If you wanna go for $2, you’re going to have to grind really hard.
The point is that with the exception of the Burger King guy, x is attainable. These are realistic scenarios with goals that can be reached. I cannot stress how important that is. Every time you reach one goal, make another.
Have a dream. Have a passion. Make it something that’s you can actually have. Make it something that fits into your life as your life is now.
I’m making it happen as I speak. You think I write these blog posts at home?
No. I’m at this shitty hotel right now. It’s 6:30 AM and I still have half an hour left on my shift. I side-hustled all night long.
I’m an all night long type of guy.
I’m gonna go home and sleep like a champ knowing that I did the most that I possibly could with my day. It’s all because I got tired of being broke. I got tired of coming up with lame excuses to keep myself poor. To justify it. It was an absurd way to live an adult life.
How many of you have heard someone say, “Be grateful for what you have.”?
Yeah. I’m grateful for having a roof over my head and beer and food in my belly. But I’m sick and tired of that being all I have to be grateful for. Be thankful that I can cover basic human survival needs? Is that the best I should expect from life and myself? I think and hope not.
To all the poor folks out there, lemme learn ya on the most important thing I’ve discovered since starting this blog. You aren’t ever going to have anything for yourself unless you take it.
Start making your own rules.
If you’re content with having nothing, then you’ll never have anything. And that’s fine for some people. It’s not good enough for me. Not anymore.
What are you doing to make your life better?