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What I’m Doing Now

From February to late March my life mostly consisted of being online all day everyday. I was making money with a method one of my friends recommended me and it was going well. I would say it was around 30 dollars an hours when you factor in how much flexibility and little effort was involved, even though I was technically online 12 hours a day, a lot of it was spent multi-tasking in between netflix and messing around. I could’ve cashed out with a lot more, but due to circumstances I didn’t. C’est la vie. Now that the method is gone, for the past couple of days I’ve been thinking about what to do, what to pursue as my next side-venture and I’m using this blog to outline my thinking process using tips I’ve learned from countless books and bloggers.

First some groundwork: What am I doing know? why? and what do I want to do? why?

1. I don’t really know why I go to college other than the fact that its costing me barely anything and having a degree could be good back up for teaching English abroad and getting into internships. I’ve posted before how I don’t really like college. Other than the social aspect and the occasional ambitious people you meet. The majority of people are kind of lost and just following the crowd. It reminds me of a line I read in Education of Millionaires where, while most of these people are in college they are creative, free and go-getters, but then when graduation comes around they settle into their business suits and take on an office job. I don’t want to be this person.

Yet at the same time I feel college is giving me borrowed time to act. At times I feel like I’m not completely utilizing time, but that has changed drastically in the past year and I am doing the things I want to do more than ever. In the end, unless I really make a lot of money or find an idea I am insanely passionate about and a way to pursue it without spending to much money, I will probably remain in college.

The Power and Danger of Information

On Kevin Espiritu

There was a time (2010) where I consumed vast amounts of information on a wide spread of topics, thinking that the knowledge would somehow translate magically into results.  While I gained a lot of insight on a broad range of topics, the knowledge didn't do much for me in the way of results in the real world.

Here are just some of the topics I studied in 2010:

And the list goes on.  When I say I studied these topics, I mean I really studied them.  I surfed for 3-4 hours per day for a month straight.  I played drums for 3-4 hours a day.  I would go out for hours at night and take photographs to get better at long exposure photography.

While 2010 wasn't all fun and games, I'm very fortunate to have had the savings to afford spending a year pursuing whatever interested me.

Having the luxury of spending a year of my life like this is something that a lot of people dream of.  I know plenty of people who would have loved to do the same, but needed to pay down school debt or get started in a career.  I thought I should get started in a career...but with money in the bank and a stubbornly curious mind, I couldn't pull the trigger on that just yet.

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