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Graham Keller

This sounds cliche, but my advice is to find what you love first, then figure out how to make the money that comes with it. To be honest, my professional career so far has been a little bit all over the place until I found where I fit in and am satisfied with my work.

Also, don't know desk jobs until you give a few a shot :) I have a desk job now, but I'm constantly interacting with folks in Marketing, Sales, Finance and even other companies every day. I'm not just a data monkey punching in meaningless numbers or anything like that. You need to find a job where you see value in what you do, and figure out how to make yourself indispensable.

If you are a people person, and like high level and somewhat abstract job tasks, Marketing might be a good fit for you. If you feel like you're a high stakes person who thrives under pressure, with the opportunity to make a lot of money if you win big (but also not make much if you don't), give Sales a shot. Specifically Business to Business sales, not going door to door or making cold calls to people.

Hope this helps!

Answered 7 years ago

Graham Keller

Robert Stein

A hard-working people person who wants to make a lot of money is probably going to wind up doing sales work of some kind. Sales work pays the best when you are working for your own company or least a company in which you have an equity position. The president or CEO of most companies is primarily a salesperson who also has business management skills. The age and training you appear to have suggest you have not demonstrated management skills. Your willingness to risk, investing promotional time that may not generate immediate income, partly compensates for your lack of management skills.
I suggest you look for entrepreneurship programs at local colleges. “Small Business Incubators” might also have some opportunities for you. The idea is to affiliate yourself with people who are building small businesses from scratch. Pick people with a decent outlook on life, something to teach you about management and business, and a well thought out business plan. Offer to do promotional and other “people” work for them. If you really like the company, offer to work partly for an equity position.
There are a lot of details that could not be covered here. One of the big keys is to associate yourself with honest people who can teach you something in addition to giving you the opportunity to earn. You are not looking for the person who is a repeat failure with a great idea “this time.” People who have been successful in one area are likely to be successful in other areas. These people are always looking for high potential apprentices.
You might also join the local Chamber of Commerce and start attending council meetings and other places people who are already successful frequent. Keep in mind that “successful” can have a variety of definitions. The point is that people do not donate their time unless they have demonstrated some skills and been successful at doing something else already.

Answered 9 years ago

Robert Stein