Or this... whichever.
Or this... whichever.
You can be smart and think about depressing **** the whole time or you can be dumb and be oblivious to all the crap that's going on in the world today. then there are some not so well off folks I know who are always happy go lucky for some reason (my best friends), while another of my friends hates his job, and hates his wife. But at least he owns four commercial properties.
What does it mean? Being smarter than you neighbor doesn't mean your house must be bigger, nor does it mean you're happier than they are either. But being educated to do something you like to do, and possibly make money while doing it, is probably more important. Does it mean you have to go to college or uni to do it? Not necessarily. Depends on what you're after, and what makes you happy.
Education just makes you a better prospect for soulless corporations. Being a salaryman (i.e. selling your labor) will not make you rich.
The people I know who are *truly* rich are entrepreneurs; "75 percent hard work, 25 percent luck" as one of them phrased it.
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As for wages/salaries, the key seems to be to work in a field where the costs can be passed onto the "customers" in some fashion; the easier this is, the higher the pay and conversely the more difficult it is, the lower the pay.
I had that one on my wall in college. Some of the comments in here with regards to no one being able to attain real wealth anymore are absurd lol
You can be born into money, you can be a visionary, or in some cases, you can be very good at your job. None of these require that a person has a college degree or more. But it doesn't exclude educated people either.
I was specifically referring to the posts about how only those in the medical field can be super rich or how no one in the medical field can really make that kind of money lol
I'm in GA, so you don't need a lot of money to live, but there are entry level, "professional" (non geeksquad, etc.) IT jobs paying $25K a year. Actually, I didn't start at much more than that 5 years ago with a Bachelor's degree and A+ certification. OTOH, if you can get a job at the local military base, they pay entry level IT guys like $60K-$65K, with more specialized people getting 6 figures. I assume the pay is higher because it's federal, but also because of the clearance involved. I've thought about working there but most of the jobs are contracts with crappy shifts.
This is one of the greatest fallacies of all time. Some of the dumbest people I know are highly educated, and have a lot less money to their name than me. They may be good at what they do, but they suck at life.
Hard work and fortitude provide more wealth and happiness than just having an acronym behind your name. $.02
Lots and lots of money spent...
My wife & I will have a lot of student loan debt. But as NP's we'll have a flexible schedule and do what we enjoy with career growth/opportunity along the way.
We can't live an extravagent lifestyle-but we'll travel and own nice cars. The former being more important to my wife, the latter moreso for me.
Extrinsic motivation isn't a bad thing. I see myself with a GT-R and her with an A6 or MDX in 4-5 years.
Current: '17 Tundra, '16 3 GT
Past/Sold: '13 Evo, '08 Si, '12 Mustang GT, '03 Evo VIII, '01 Golf 1.8T
yes -- i'm going to go ahead and disagree anecdotally with this idea that only the top 5% of doctors make "real" money. in my backwater town alone, i know at least six doctors personally with very hefty sports car/racetrack funds. two are eye surgeons and one is a rheumatologist. the person that lives two doors down from me (psychiatrist) has a garage that rivals that poster. there are a lot of $$$ car nuts around here (race track a couple miles away), but my one other neighbor who's THAT crazy heavy into spending on cars owns a business -- a garage door business (no college). but he is from a different time and a different place. all the rest of them have at least a bachelors, and most of them far more.
the BIGGEST exotic car guy in this town is a back surgeon. but remember; not all of the really rich ones spend their money on cars. it IS definitely getting tougher on the new generation of doctors, but i'm not buying that they're all suffering. the really ambitious ones will still figure it out. most of the BIG MONEY doctors have "side" interests.
stay in school, kids. it might not be the same as getting your ticket punched, but it's still the right path for most people. if you are destined to be wealthy, you probably will be one way or the other. but at least if you do get the big score, you won't look like an ignorant hillbilly () spending it all and being out in public with your fancy new friends.