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Do you make money doing the thing you love?

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by gladhands, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. housie

    housie Active Member

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    what I sell isn't much more exciting, in terms of a product. I love my work because of the intellectual challenges - B2B selling of big ticket items is like a complex chess game with large amounts of money involved, in my case, you throw in the international aspect and it becomes even more challenging.

    Can I ask how you got into that sort of sales? Did you start out selling paper or something?
     
  2. Milpool

    Milpool Senior member

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    Any semblance of passion or love for my career has been thoroughly and brutally beaten out of me over the years. Ultimately, I have realized that I wasted my life, and that quite possibly, the decisions I made as early as undergrad have forced me into a life that I may not be able to escape, and thus, I'll live a miserable life.

    My attempts to leave the industry have been met by interviewers with serious doubts about whether or not I am capable of doing anything else.
     
  3. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    Can I ask how you got into that sort of sales? Did you start out selling paper or something?

    I had a skill, and taught that skill to people buying relevant equipment, then I got involved in the business side of the selling. once I had been selling that for a while, I shifted to something else, then again and again.

    in my case, I tried to get a lot of experience in different territories, which helped me out.
     
  4. Stylego

    Stylego Senior member

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    Any semblance of passion or love for my career has been thoroughly and brutally beaten out of me over the years. Ultimately, I have realized that I wasted my life, and that quite possibly, the decisions I made as early as undergrad have forced me into a life that I may not be able to escape, and thus, I'll live a miserable life.

    My attempts to leave the industry have been met by interviewers with serious doubts about whether or not I am capable of doing anything else.


    You must be an engineer...
     
  5. hooya2

    hooya2 Senior member

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  6. ektaylor

    ektaylor Senior member

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    Yes. When I get back from work, falling asleep is the biggest obstacle between me and the next day of work. It must be horrible for those who sustain their miserable life by being miserable.
     
  7. Milpool

    Milpool Senior member

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    You must be an engineer...

    Not an engineer... I studied math in undergrad.
     
  8. xpress

    xpress Senior member

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    Terrible day today...

    God I wish I was doing something else!

    Damn you, above average paycheck!
     
  9. Stylego

    Stylego Senior member

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    Terrible day today... God I wish I was doing something else! Damn you, above average paycheck!
    I curse my wife's much better than average paycheck...mine I could go get somewhere else, her's would be near impossible to reproduce.
     
  10. bawlin

    bawlin Senior member

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    Definitely enjoy my job. Not something I love doing per-se, but it's in an industry I love and you can't beat making your own hours, working from home, having 95% autonomy in your job, etc. This is the closest thing to being self-employed without actually being self-employed.
     
  11. bigbjorn

    bigbjorn Senior member

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    I spent a few years racing cars for a living. After a while, it felt a lot like a job, so I went back to management consulting. The pay was about the same, so it was really a choice about whether I wanted to travel every week or every weekend. [​IMG]
     

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