So I’m currently a junior in high school. My plan for the future is to go to college, not really for the degree, but to earn scholarship money so I don’t have to work a real job. I’ll go more into that in a second. As of the beginning of this year, I already have a full ride and 4k a year to my local university, which I will go to because my grandma owns a house that she’ll let me live in rent-free. So I’ll go off of scholarship money and my parents will give me what they’re giving my sister, which is $200 a month, I think, which will be used for food and gas. While I’m not busy with school, I’ll be working on trying to set up my future career. I have three things in mind: Writing a few books and seeing if those get popular, starting a few different kinds of YouTube Channels to see if any of those take off, and if those fail, competitive gaming. The only reason I’m not doing competitive gaming now is because school takes up too much of my time. It’s a very possible option; I can get a contract fairly easily. I plan to do that through college, and maybe after if the writing or YouTube works out. Then after college, I’m going to pile all of my scholarship and “job” money that I’ve saved and build an earthship, making my utility costs basically nothing so that I can continue doing what I love to do instead of working a real job to pay off bills and such. And if everything I want to do fails, I’ll have two degrees, Philosophy and something else. Maybe computer science, to go out and get a real job with. How does that sound? Possible?
@justus, Do you really think that writing something remotely worthwhile reading takes less time than competitive gaming?
Do you really think that making videos that can compete with the saturated youtube market so well that you can make decent money off it takes less time than competitive gaming?
Do you really think competitive gaming will pay you well enough and long enough to realize your dreams?
You think you can compete with the no-life übergamers who play all day every day?
If so, you’re in for some harsh life lessons, mate.
Creating stuff that people want to read/watch takes time, it takes effort, it takes strategy. But you can do it, just put your mind to it. And it will develop useful skills for you, and it will result in something nice for other people.
Unlike gaming, which is completely unproductive.
If you’re gonna make a career of creative work, make sure your focus is on quality. Give it as much time and effort as it takes.
People will pay a lot for a single smalle piece of good stuff, but rarely a nickel for a shitload of half-assed rubbish.
I believe in you.
@manimal Oh, of course not! You misunderstood; my fault for wording it funny. I will try one, writing or YouTube first, and devote my time to that. I’m not going to do them all at once; each is just a backup plan for the other, gaming being the last. And I choose gaming because it is something that I really enjoy doing myself. Competitively so that I can make enough money to read, and explore my own consciousness. That’s all I really want to do in life. My dream is to discover truth and enlightenment, a lifelong pursuit. I’m not too big of the, “getting out there and doing it” kind of person. I prefer silence and to be alone. Competitive gaming also pays quite a lot, provided that you’re good enough(:
@justus, I appreciate your thought process. Having lived an improvised life dedicated to enlightenment for 25 years longer than you, I have two suggestions.
1) Rather than think of the medium, concentrate on the content. So, rather than “book” or “YouTube,” focus on the core of your message. People receive recognition (and therefore book deals/sales, views/ad revenue) based on being passionate about their niche. Whether it’s explaining to people how to knit or rebuild an engine, doing comedy skits, or timelapse movies, you’re most likely to have the stamina and dedication to become exceptional at something if you’re really, really interested in that subject. (Malcolm Gladwell describes talent as essentially the obsession with—and dedication to practice—something, rather than an innate ability.)
2) Somewhere along the way, collect a skill that is useful and portable. For instance, graphic design. Everyone needs a graphic designer, at every level. Nike needs a graphic designer, and the homecoming committee at your high school needs a graphic designer. It’s a useful skill, you can use it at many levels and in any state and in every country. That’s just one example. I’ve found it incredibly useful to have some universal skill in my pocket to go back to if money is tight or I need to make some bank in a new place. Personally I’m a filmmaker, so I go back to video editing and photography. Always in demand. Plus, if you start now, you would accumulate years of experience even in young adulthood.
Anyway, best of luck to you. Sounds like a fun adventure!
@sandman Thanks for the suggestions! I assume people can read my mind too much, when they can’t. Again, I should explain a little more; my fault for not going into more detail. My books and YouTube channel(s) will be focused on a specific thing. I have a few ideas already that I’m very interested in and I’m very interested in writing about and creating things about(: And your second suggestion is very nice too. I was actually planning on getting very used to working with Adobe After Effects, mostly for a YouTube channel that I’d make, to help animate topics that I talk about, making them more appealing to people in general. So I’d have that, and I suppose if money got tight I could go to street performing(; I play bass and sing, which is pretty fun, and that was an idea for another YouTube channel. I’d like to see if anyone actually enjoyed it, but it wouldn’t be my first channel. Maybe just a few videos here and there to see if people like it. If not, no harm no foul.
But thanks for the response! I’ve been hoping for people who have been through it to help me better sculpt it, so thanks a bunch(:
First I gotta ask something, are you a capricorn? An INTJ maybe? Just wondering, kinda making correlations. From your posts, I see a lot of similarities between us. I’ve done/am doing most those things. Your are in a much better position than I was/am in.
I gotta say though, your plan is pretty flawless. Plus your in an early enough stage in which if something goes off course or not as planned, you can easily adapt and adjust.
What youtube channel ideas do you have? How do you plan to make revenue from your writings?
@monkeyzazu I’m actually a Libra, and I remember taking that test, but I don’t remember what I got. My name is TJ, though(; Anyway, I’d like to hear about some of your experiences, since you’ve done/are doing the same things(: Some channel ideas are my super-secret plan, which I have the most faith in that I’m going to start first. I’m not going to announce it yet, but soon! Other channels just to see what would happen would be singing/bass channel, and a gaming channel. Just to see if people are interested. And writings, I’m just going to write about some things I’m passionate about, and based on a response, maybe go to get it published and see how it works out. It’s all really hit-or-miss stuff, but I think it’ll be a fulfilling pursuit, and I’ll be happy when my life when I die, which is all I really want.
@justus, Street performing is good, but it’s helpful to have something that you can do at many different levels. In other words, if you’re a photographer, you can run out and snap photos for an event ($), you could do headshots for models and actors ($$), you could shoot a wedding ($$$) or you could work for a professional agency ($$$$). So depending on your financial needs at the time, you could easily amplify your income or make it more casual. And you have time on your side. If you start building skills now, you could be a superstar in motion graphics or VFX animation, for instance, in a few years. Just takes lots of practice and experience doing projects.
Anyway, good luck. Sounds like you’ll work it out.
Couple months ago I made a list similar to yours of stuff I wanted to do in order to generate my own revenue and not have to work a job so I could focus on my research. The list included doing youtube, writing blogs and articles, and some other online stuff. I realized all of that stuff takes a while to set up and actually start profiting off of, and I needed the money quick, so I got a job instead. I only got a job to save up money for a car so I could go back to school. I went back to school so I wouldn’t have to pay student loans to the school I got my associates in computer science from, scholarship money, and because I wanted to learn more stuff.
After working at that job over the summer I came to the realization that the 9-5 thing really isn’t for me. I would go back to it if I absolutely had to, but I much rather work towards pursing my own goals. Plus I’m a pretty hard worker and got tired of working with lazy asses. I recently quit that job and am now working on that list of goals again.
Just wanna mention 2 things about youtube and writing. My original plan was to do lets plays on youtube to generate some revenue, but then found out that you can’t monetize videos on your channel if you don’t own the content in them – e.g. the game your using for the lets play. Now I plan on doing some tech tutorials and how-tos. Regarding writing, there are lots of ways to earn money online threw writing. Make and monetize a blog, write articles for hubpages, squidoo, infobarrel. You could also write that book but turn it into an ebook and sell it online.
Right now I’m putting most of my focus on binary options trading, but am also trying to work on android apps, affiliate sites, and youtube eventually.
@monkeyzazu, I applaud this plan.
I’ve found that consciousness and spirituality evolve faster when there is the right level of activity.
Too much sitting on the mountain, and things move very slowly; you don’t have experiences that trigger the shadows you’ll need to work through or the interaction and variety of encounters and challenges required for learning and growth.
Being overworked, and overwhelmed with the rat race also retards progress, of course.
But don’t assume that you’ll evolve faster by divorcing yourself from the world. It’s like a bunch of virgins trying to study sex from a book or by meditating on it. Some things you can only learn by participating.
@monekyzazu Yeah, it seems like we’re in pretty much the exact same boat. Like you said, it takes awhile, so hopefully I’ll be stating early enough. And like you said, I’ll get a 9-5 if I absolutely have to, but I’d really rather not. I think that maybe video making, writing, and performing musically are all great things to do during college, because I’ll have school paid for from scholarships and I won’t need to worry about housing. I figure if none of it takes off by the end of college, I can try to get a job in whatever degree field until I save up enough for my earthship, and then a little after to save up a nest egg, because once the house is built, 90% of the money I’ll make can go into savings, if not more. So that’ll be nice(:
@sandman Very well put, I agree. I’m not going to become a total hermit. I’ll still want a relationship, hopefully my current will continue long into my life. But if not, I’ll want another. And I’ll hang out with friends and whatnot. I love hearing other people’s beliefs and then telling them my own and making little changes and stuff. You can’t really do that alone, and also just to forget about all of that every once and awhile and have fun, but again, I’m not really a partier or anything.
I gotta say that earthship idea sounds really cool. I would love to live in one of those. The first time I heard about earthships was from something on HE, the Valhalla Movement. I’m also a big advocate of the Venus Project and Zeitgeist Movement. Thinking about a world that is more intuned with the natural environment and one that is free from monetary constraints, that’s the ideal place in my book.
@Monkeyzazu Dude, me too! I swear we’re like the same person. I love the Venus Project and Zeitgeist; I wish more people knew about them both. But I really feel like the earthship is the key to living the life I want to. Just for the fact that all I’ll really have to pay for is extra food that can’t be grown, and wifi. I don’t ever watch TV, so I wouldn’t need cable, and no heating bills, cooling bills, water bills, not much of an electric bill if any,(i’d probably get hooked up just in case because I can’t be running out of power in the middle of a tournament, haha), and like, half of the food bill all eliminated. That leaves very little to pay for, which any desirable job would pay for. Making art, music, playing games, writing, editing, or whatever. No having to sit at a computer for 9 hours a day doing something boring and monotonous and soul-sucking. Sounds perfect to me.