1. Worked at American. Ex credit card for 8 years (Friend#1)
2. the other tried to make a living on the internet(friend #2)
Friend number 1 had a nice house (mortgage) and a nice steady paycheck. Friend 2 was always low on income, he did odd jobs and anything to not keep a "Real job"
When we hung out friend 1 always talked about the Amex job and was very confident at all times. He always had the money. friend 2 was always giving updates about different internet businesses that never really made any cash but he was ALWAYS going at it.
I watched both these guys operate while I was in school and both are really nice guys. Now in 2008 Friend 1 was laid off from Amex and has not worked in 7 months, he keeps talking about the economy..recession..etc and how could Amex do this to him after almost 10 years. He is losing his home and will take a small apartment or a small room soon. He has almost no cash savings and thought the Amex paycheck would never end. THIS IS A TRUE STORY
Friend 2: This was about 3 years ago when things started going his way. 5 years on the net and nothing to show then as he worked handing out flyers on the street and was close to homeless, he would
always be online playing poker(for fun) with friends when not trying to make money. Then he set up a contest(just as a joke) and invited his friends to each put $25 and the winner gets $150 playing poker.
welll all these guys wanted to see who was the best so he was surprised when 10 people played $25x10=250 ($150 to the winner) $100 profit for my friend. Small but the key to everything starts small and $100 was like a million when you are broke.
HERE IS THE KEY TURNING POINT The winner goes online to the poker site where they all played for free and says " I cant believe it they really sent me the $150 dollars! The guy just wanted to beat his friends online he thought the money part was a scam contest but put the 25$ anyway
Week 2 because of the post from the winner in the forum 50 people now paid the $25 my friend pockets over a $1000 this all happened in less than 3 weeks! after 5 years of zero money online. He did these weekly contest for about 2 1/2 year(2005-2008) and
has over 150k cash stashed away from them and still works online. His poker business dried up in 2008 and stopped but he learned to save over 100k because he was use to being broke. When the real estate market crashed last year he bought a small home in the south(CASH!) no payments no.. credit checks when you have cash! and he has a secret nest egg. His gambling niche died but he is set and doing well
A.What I learned. The "real job" can be taken from you at anytime weather you are the manager,VP, supervisor or employee.
B. The steady job may give you a more steady income, more nights on the town, a few more movies, eating out a little more... but most people no matter what their real job salaries are still credited out to the max. So they live paycheck to paycheck due to bills even with the steady job.
c. Friend 2 never went anywhere without his laptop, he was online 10-12 hours everyday. He was often broke but when you are serious about making money online you will.
Both are great guys but one trusted in the job and the other believed he would hit on something online and he did.
* One key point friend 2 was ALWAYS online working to make it not talking. He would sometimes be online 12 hours a day but this is what all people do who work for themselves. Even small business owners who have stores work 12 hours 7 days
*He also risked homelessness because he always thought he would make it and did not stop.
I take no sides they are still both friends but when you are serious about something and do not quit you will make it.
As the filmmaker Spike Lee told the 15th distributor(Fox films) that turned down his first movie because he was a nobody "With or without you my 1st movie is going to be distributed even if I have to do it myself, someone is going to see my movies" they turned him down but a small distributor bought the film and he is a top millionaire filmmaker today.
Take this approach an you will win . I am a newbie so I just thought this might help someone today.