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WinterM

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I'm 37 years old and I have no idea what em I doing with my life. I have no direction. I tried many jobs, but no carrier. Right now I work as a junior networking technician. Basically many cables and holes in the wall with minimum hardware configuration. In the long term...who knows how many years I can keep doing this.

Maybe you guys are more successful. We will love to hear your great success stories. But maybe you are just like me. And since we don't have a face, there is no shame. If you also suck at life at my age, come and tell your story and share how you make your money.
You experience for me and for the rest will be for sure a learning curve.
A lot of people have this happen, and some call the next phase a "second act".
So I've been in tech on the development/delivery side for years. Along the way I did corporate training sessions, videos, etc., and that got me interested in voiceover, so that became my second act in my 40s. I now do both tech work and VO and love having a second job that's so fun. Most of my work is audiobooks right now but I'm working towards Video Game VO.

It's still tons of work, takes time, and costs money to ramp up, but I see it now as my retirement job, where I can one day leave tech, just do VO, and be more in control of my own hours.

I did a lot of other jobs along the way too - if you think of the stuff you did, and then imagine something you'd love to do, maybe your "second act" will come to you. For example, a lot of people love the idea of home theater or great tech-connected homes, but could use your help with the "many cables and holes in the wall" part, and you could do people's setups for them.

Anyhow, thanks for putting this here!
 
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Maybe. All I know is, success in career doesn't interest me the slightest. It used to, but then I noticed how much others in the business had to graft to get and stay where they are, and how little they earn in comparison. Of course, they earn more than I do, but not so much more to make it worth the trouble. I'd much rather live a peaceful, comfortable life than break myself to earn more.

Edit: Happiness is not a list of achievements, imo. It's about being happy with what you have. :)

This this 100% this. That's why I'm still a single step from the bottom of our IT org chart. I looked at what was needed and how that was compensated from the next tiers up and said it ain't worth it.

Before my dad died (a workaholic because he grew up dirt poor and didn't want his family to be the same) said that it seemed I was doing the right thing and easing off is a better strategy. He retired because of corp BS and afterwards said he should have done so much earlier.

The BS ain't worth it.
 
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This this 100% this. That's why I'm still a single step from the bottom of our IT org chart. I looked at what was needed and how that was compensated from the next tiers up and said it ain't worth it.

Before my dad died (a workaholic because he grew up dirt poor and didn't want his family to be the same) said that it seemed I was doing the right thing and easing off is a better strategy. He retired because of corp BS and afterwards said he should have done so much earlier.

The BS ain't worth it.
One step above the bottom is the best place to be, imo. As a warehouse trainer, that's where I am, too. Actually, training isn't even on the main organisational ladder of the business - we're what you'd call a "support function". Sure, we fulfill shift demands, but we don't respond directly to shift management. We have our own manager, but he's just there for support - we sort out our own daily activities ourselves, unless there's something pre-planned by high above, like new workers arriving. This freedom is worth infinitely more than a higher salary.
 
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The last couple of posts had a lot of insights, emotions and life experience in them. Seeing older gurus sharing their experience to younger folks and giving them such advice is priceless.
 

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The last couple of posts had a lot of insights, emotions and life experience in them. Seeing older gurus sharing their experience to younger folks and giving them such advice is priceless.
They've also been going in one direction only.
But there are also those that actually do something meaningful and they like what they do. When that happens, you will work without ever feeling you're working. It's rare though. And there's a high risk of you just thinking you're doing something meaningful, sinking in putting in the hours, only to find out the project is really a joke. Still the world should be: you work to live, you don't live to work.
 
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They've also been going in one direction only.
But there are also those that actually do something meaningful and they like what they do. When that happens, you will work without ever feeling you're working. It's rare though. And there's a high risk of you just thinking you're doing something meaningful, sinking in putting in the hours, only to find out the project is really a joke. Still the world should be: you work to live, you don't live to work.
Without saying that such an approach is wrong, I should add that there's always the danger of the necessity of working killing the enjoyment of doing the work. For example, I like gaming and discussing games, but if I had to play all the latest games for 8 hours a day, regardless of how interesting they are, while also making sure to finish them for a deadline, and then write articles about them, also for a deadline, I'd burn out in a year. Combining work and your hobby sounds awesome, and I highly respect those who manage to do it, but on contrary to popular belief, it's not for everyone.
 

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They've also been going in one direction only.
But there are also those that actually do something meaningful and they like what they do. When that happens, you will work without ever feeling you're working. It's rare though. And there's a high risk of you just thinking you're doing something meaningful, sinking in putting in the hours, only to find out the project is really a joke. Still the world should be: you work to live, you don't live to work.
You pretty much summed it up there, balance, not just at work but everywhere in life is the key to happiness and fulfilment and often that can take time/effort/sacrifice to achieve............... many don't achieve it, often through no fault of their own.
 
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Still the world should be: you work to live, you don't live to work.
Damned straight.

Another axiom that is part of my philosophy is to never let the things you own own you. Materialism is how they enslave you. While I think Dave Ramsey is a bit of a douchebag, I think it was he that expressed it as - You wake up and go to a job you hate, to make money to buy things you can't afford, to impress people you don't even like.

Mad Men was such a great show. Advertising and marketing are insidious. The way they get so many people to attach their sense of self worth to their possessions. My personal litmus test for whether or not my neighbors succumbed to it is if they can park their cars in their garage. Only one other house on the entire street of 40 homes can. A couple have made it workshops or exercise rooms, so that's cool. The rest have to use it as mini storage for all of the extra crap they have accumulated through rampant consumerism. Good luck with that. That's a hard no from me dawg.
 

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Without saying that such an approach is wrong, I should add that there's always the danger of the necessity of working killing the enjoyment of doing the work. For example, I like gaming and discussing games, but if I had to play all the latest games for 8 hours a day, regardless of how interesting they are, while also making sure to finish them for a deadline, and then write articles about them, also for a deadline, I'd burn out in a year. Combining work and your hobby sounds awesome, and I highly respect those who manage to do it, but on contrary to popular belief, it's not for everyone.
I understand what you're saying, but I don't think you worded this quite right.
"working killing the enjoyment of doing the work" - if you really enjoy what you're doing, there's very little danger of that. There's burnout if you don't pace yourself though.
Also playing and developing games are two very different activities. But I get you. I am both a (former) gamer and a software developer and I have said from the start that I won't do game development, because that would take the fun out of gaming. I mean, it's not like everybody enjoying sex becomes a gynecologist, is it?
 
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