June 21, 2012, 6:00 am

Why Aren’t You Chasing After The Juicy Gigs?

by: MD    Category: Alternative Income
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“Ditch digging is not scarce. It’s not hard at all to find manual labor at minimum wage, which is  precisely why manual labor gets paid minimum wage.” — Seth Godin

Are you happy with how much money you’re making right now?

I’m not here to deliver some holier-than-thou sermon because I’ve been there before. You’re not making good money and your job sucks, so you complain about it to anyone that will listen (and those that even want to hear it).

It’s easy to complain about your current situation. It’s easy to blame the world for your problems. It takes real effort to actually attempt to improve your situation.

How can you actually increase your income?

Instead of complaining about your job you can attempt to increase your income and something even juicier.

How does this process usually go?

Invest in ONE excellent book.

I highly recommend investing in ONE strong book on the topic. A book is an amazing tool. The author experiences something cool for an extended period of time and then writes about. To pick up this knowledge all you have to do is buy a book for $10 or so.

There’s one catch though: just buy one book. The other day a buddy texted me a picture of a stack of books that he ordered. That’s great and all, but now he’s just delaying things because his plan is to read one book at a time before he launches anything. Why wait? Information overload is dangerous. One book is enough.

What are some book suggestions?

  • Linchpin (Seth Godin).
  • Never Eat Alone (Keith Ferrazzi).
  • The 4-Hour Workweek (Tim Ferriss).
  • The $100 Startup (Chris Guillebeau).

Did I miss any books from this list?

Go back to school.

Often the only problem is that you don’t have the best qualifications for the better job that you want. All you have to do (it’s not that easy) is go back to school and upgrade your skills. For example, Mike went back to school and earned his MBA. Now he makes more money than before. Makes sense.

While going back to school won’t always guarantee you a job, it beats doing nothing. You have a better shot at juicier gigs with a higher education.

Start making your own money.

This topic has been beaten to death here for a reason. It’s important that you try to make your own money on the side. Why let someone else control your faith? Why not take control of your own life?

Why aren’t you chasing after the juicy gigs? Wouldn’t it make more sense to try to make more money?

“The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never be all green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up all the pins either” — Tim Ferriss

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Comments

You make a good case for multiple streams of income. How else can ou achieve what you want? It also protects you in a down turn

#1 business and wealth-building book of all time:
The Richest Man in Babylon, by George S. Clason

IMHO.

I never thought about investing in a book to get started. But that would be excellent if your mind just needed a push in the right direction. :-)

I bought 4 Hour Work week and it was excellent. It can lead to major changes in your life if you’re ready to make them. It’s not a stable income with insurance and benefits but I wouldn’t change a thing.

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