My blog is geared to the negative side so today I'm going to switch it up with a positive story. One of my childhood friends that is one year older than me has made it big time. For purposes of anonymity I will call him Steve. Here is his story.
Steve went to a TTT university and graduated with a degree in marketing. Grades were in the B's and C's. Weekends included us getting severely hammered, getting into brawls, going to massive rave parties, house parties, hollywood clubs, all the good stuff. Upon graduating at the age of 22 he got his first job selling stereo equipment in a ghetto part of town. His weekly pay was $500 a week plus commission off his sales. He stayed there for about a year and then got a job selling computer memory with a korean firm. He stayed there for about 8 months and then became a car salesman in yet another ghetto part of town. He busted his ass and made a good 70k during the boom years.
After 7 months he went on to sale cars with mercedez benz. He stayed there for a good 9-10 months and then got a job with some internet marketing firm that sold cars for dealerships. The basis of his job was essentially sales. He had to sign up dealerships with this computer program. He stayed with this company for over a year. This was during the crash of 2008 when several thousand dealerships went belly up. For example, Steve survived 4 rounds of layoffs. At one point he was so scared and so depressed as he was convinced that he would be the next to be let go. Somehow, he made it.
He rode out the storm and moved on to yet another company that sold software marketing programs to dealerships. He stayed with this company for 6 months and then came the big one. He contacted a internet marketing company in the middle east (dubai) and landed a managerial position. The job required great sacrifice as he had to move out of the country, away from his family and friends. But the pay, wow. Lets just say that he makes more than many partners do at biglaw firms. This year alone he's looking at netting 200k. Wow wow wow.
Already he's getting offers from similar companies in the region offering him even more money. He's back in the states on his 3 week vacation. He is absolutely glowing with confidence. Its good to hear a breathe of fresh air as so much despair is all around us. I in particular focus on the dark future that is to come as the US is on its way towards bankruptcy. Lately I'm trying to focus on the opportunity that exists out there. Even though I'm practicing tttoilet plaintiff's personal injury law, I know that some mega banger lawsuit will fall in my lap. At least thats what I'm hoping for.
Steve's first year annual salary was $32,000 gross. 8 years later his earnings have reached the moon with the sky being the limit. Everything he did, he did it to the max. He never settled. He never despaired. He always fought for more. If his quota was 100k for the month, he pulled in 120k. Even at this new company he's smashing expectations. And all this with a lousy marketing degree from a shitty university but a deep drive and hard work behind it. They say that your starting salary is important because that will in all likelihood end up determining your peak salary. Fuck that shit. Let us determine our own destiny and not let society put us in a box. We have plenty of cards stacked against us. But as this one example shows, its possible to break through and achieve something better.