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Old 08-06-2012, 02:32 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:40 PM   #22 (permalink)
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have known people who became so focused on placing their entire sense of self worth on their career that when for either an economic downturn or an injury or illness, they could not work in their career, they literally self destructed emotionally and mentally. My next door neighbor was a very wealthy, successful airline pilot who flew for UPS earning about $230K a year, flying 12 days a month. Guy had a heart attack and related health problems and lost his FAA medical. Three months later, one night at about 2:00 AM we heard the gunshot; guy blew his brains out. His entire sense of self worth was 100% tied to his job and he could not cope with suddenly having it ripped away from him......
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I worked in my families business for over twenty five years, started out sweeping floors and cleaning shitters. Made my way up to running the whole thing and then had it all ripped away from me by another underhanded family member.

This wasn't a bullshit ma and pa business, we did many millions of dollars of sales each year. I devoted my whole life to it working an average of 80 hours a week and sacrificed so much time I can never get back.

Only good thing to come out of it was the family member who fucked me ran it into the ground and went bankrupt within three years, it sucked to see it happen after putting my whole life into a business that was started by my grandfather and was in operation for almost 80 years.

It took me about 5 years to get over it, I never thought about taking my life over it, but it was my whole life. I will never go back to that.
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Old 08-07-2012, 12:48 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Seriously, the world today is all about having inside connections. I'm learning this more and more everyday, and when I think about it almost every good opportunity I've had has come from "knowing someone" who put in a good word or offered the direct opportunity. The days of having an accomplished resume and getting the job because you are the most qualified seem to be waning, which is why it's essential that in whatever you do you keep good relationships with people who have administrative power, and make an impression on them.

Getting a specific degree that is applicable towards snowboard R&D will not guarantee you anything, but a college degree is a great thing to have, and the experience will make you a much more intellectual person. If you do go to college, make sure you're making connections on the side and probably doing grunt work in the industry to get yourself known.
Damn straight, anybody here a civil engineer with an undergrad position open for me
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:40 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Obviously it is awesome when a person manages to do a job or pick a career that they love, but often many. many people have to do a job that they are not excited about, even temporarily, because it is what is available to them or the only one that pays them what they need to live a full life.
Exactly, I used to love what I do but after awhile the shine wears off and it is just another job. I thought about changing careers a couple of times but the line of work that I am in provides me the opportunity to live comfortably, raise a family and travel whenever the mood arises. Like SW stated, for most people a job is just a means to enjoy your real passions.
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So important. Start small at your local shop.


Probably best to move to Colorado or near the snow
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:37 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Tbh snowboarding is my hobby and I would never want it to be my job. I work in the restaurant business and on my time off I don't want to deal with anything that has to do with restaurants. Snowboarding is my Zen time, if it was my work time I would not feel the same way because with work comes caring and being productive. Two thing I don't really do while snowboarding.
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Tbh snowboarding is my hobby and I would never want it to be my job. I work in the restaurant business and on my time off I don't want to deal with anything that has to do with restaurants. Snowboarding is my Zen time, if it was my work time I would not feel the same way because with work comes caring and being productive. Two thing I don't really do while snowboarding.

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Tbh snowboarding is my hobby and I would never want it to be my job. I work in the restaurant business and on my time off I don't want to deal with anything that has to do with restaurants. Snowboarding is my Zen time, if it was my work time I would not feel the same way because with work comes caring and being productive. Two thing I don't really do while snowboarding.
This and BurtonAvenger's post are all you need to know about this topic.

Mixing your hobby with your profession isn't usually the best move. I know people have success with it and it's very possible, but for the vast majority, your hobby becomes a chore and you give it up. I used to love airplanes and went into aerospace engineering because of it, and now I hate airplanes. I started working on getting a pilot's license about the same time I got out of college and landed a job in the aerospace industry, but I ended up giving up on getting a license because I was just sick of dealing with planes all the time.

Similarly, I stare at a computer all day at work and the last thing I do when I get home is get on a computer.
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:02 PM   #30 (permalink)
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This is the best advice in this thread imo.



Yea I think you meant to ask the OP, which is a good question I was wondering.




So i think SW and hktrdr here are kinda talking across each other and not actually on the same points, in terms of kinds of jobs, where you are at in them timewise, the way you each personally emote to your jobs, etc, this is a multifaceted argument.

For me, for example, the most pressing issue with this guy is age. My motivation to work 15 or 20 years ago was much different than it is now. Even though I have been in the same field, only in the last 2 or 3 years have I really come into my own, and its a whole new ballgame. Not to mention its one of the best choices aside from being pro or spoiled if you just wanna ride a shitload. (I'm speaking of the restaurant industry, I cook, make sushi, am the boss of my kitchen so I work whenever I'm not riding and hiking).

The answers here are just so many choices. How is the OP's work ethic? Is it inborn? Learned? The carreer choice for people who were in college with me 20 years ago taking pre-med, who went straight to med school, then became DR.s is going to be such a different point of view than that of a truck driver, hammer swinger or fish cutter (I drove a 24 foot box truck during summers in college and also roofed from like '97-'03 hehe). For some people its about money. Others its about kids. Others snowboarding.
I am 16 years old. My work ethic is well.. I'm ranked third in my class. I started college already and plan on finishing at least a year by the time I graduate high school. I'm quite radical when it comes to opinions on society, politics, lifestyle, etc. For one, I don't believe in the education, political, or economic system the world has right now. But I'm just rambling on now.

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So important. Start small at your local shop.


Probably best to move to Colorado or near the snow
Yea, I am planning on going to college at Boulder, Colorado. I live in Pennsylvania and it sucks; it snowed twice last winter.

Nevertheless, the advice was great guys, I appreciate it.

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