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Need some serious life advice

December 12, 2018
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Back-story:

Im 18, White, live with my grandma,lift here and there, have a 9-5 Mon-Fri job fixing sound systems ( thanks NY state trade school system ) and I feel a little stuck. My mission in life is to have a modern-day Edison lab, ( tons of great minds in one workshop ) for the sole purpose of tinkering and discovery. I know full well this is my dream and it would bring me infinite happiness. In order to reach this goal, I need financial freedom. Working the 9-5 for the past 6 months right out of high school has opened my eyes. I simultaneously feel like I'm being pulled in a ton of different directions, and I have drive and confidence, I just need some guidance where to put it.

True goals:

A. Financial freedom

B. Vast amount of knowledge on various scientific topics

C. A big shop to build dreams in

The paths I think I have:1: keep my day job and try to invent something / start some sort of business for financial freedom and worry about goal B later2: put me through engineering school, make connections, have fun, study hard, graduate, and repeat step 1 with a higher salaryI'm young and I don't want to fuck up, and you guys have never steered me wrong with advice for everything, you guys helped me through middle school and through high school, or at least the sidebar has.

Please don't be gentle and give me honest advice on what path I should take to get to my mission, or at the very least, some paths I don't see to financial freedom

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Title Need some serious life advice
Author ElementArrow
Upvotes 1
Comments 7
Date December 12, 2018 1:25 AM UTC (4 years ago)
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[–]AscensionExperiments7 points8 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

My mission in life is to have a modern-day Edison lab, ( tons of great minds in one workshop ) for the sole purpose of tinkering and discovery

Absolutely fantastic goals my man. Your only way to make this work would be if you control or at the least share in the profits made by the inventions and discoveries in your lab, which might be difficult to finesse, but let's burn that bridge when we come to cross it, shall we? haha

A) Financial Freedom

Several ways to accomplish this, but just going FI/RE won't be enough for a huge lab and a great community of scientific minds- you'll need to have a SOLID reputation AND be pulling almost Elon Musk style money to make the dream work. I would prioritize it as B coming before A- go to school for a double major in bioengineering and neuroscience or something crazy, be the one to crack the Neuralink thing Musk was working on, build some useful shit, and the financial independence goal will happen then- trying to achieve FI/RE on a regular wage FIRST is the safe way, but the much longer way, and runs a higher risk of failure IMO.

The dream you're planning will require deep, strong connections, so I'd recommend getting on it RIGHT AWAY and not working a regular job first- maybe take ONE gap year to get yourself a knowledge base in your field of study choice, but not much more than that.

I'll write more later, I gotta go.

Also, your dream isn't altogether THAT different from my dream, so we should keep in touch a bit

[–]ElementArrow 1 points1 points [recovered] | Copy Link

The lab is more for fun than for profit to be honest, something for great minds to come and hang out, if it makes a profit it makes a profit. I need a large sum of cash to get it going (about 3 mil to buy tools and land not to mention taxes)

PM me and we will keep in touch kind soul

[–]AscensionExperiments0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Yeah 3 mil is a decent startup- but my step-sister is the 'admin of purchasing accounts' for a medical lab and she told me last week that she pens in about 100K/week for new equipment when the scientists want it. Not sure that's actually what gets spent, but yeah some cash flow coming as well as going is a good idea.

I see now why you wanted financial independence first- well for that, live somewhere exceptionally cheap and earn decent money and you'll be well on your way. I live in one of the coldest places on earth, (slight exaggeration) my monthly expenses are, give or take, 550$/month and I'm earning 20$/h, so I could achieve FI in 5 years or less.

I won't be, because I'm planning on going back to school, but the potential is there

[–]Johnnadawearsglasses0 points1 point  (2 children) | Copy Link

So I am going to suggest an alternative path to college although an engineering degree is a great choice. I think you can do what you want in the context of a trade career. It can be in electronics, or plumbing or hvac or anything like that. I know folks in the trades who got certified, worked hard as an apprentice, moved in their own gigs and made a lot of money with a lot of financial and work freedom. Independent contractors basically who name their own price because no one knows how to fix anything any more. Then within that field you can be very creative in developing new technologies without a need for PhD level education and a ton of outside funding.

[–]ElementArrow 1 points1 points [recovered] | Copy Link

By move in their own gigs, do you mean starting a buisness, or networking, or something along those lines? Do you have any advice on how I would go about doing that?

[–]Johnnadawearsglasses0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Their own business. You need to find some guys in the field and figure out the apprentice path and whether you need a brief bit of certification education first. Plumbing and hvac are the two I know the best. Would call a few businesses up and see who will talk to you to scope it out.

[–]Puddles5030 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Apprenticeship in a licensed trade. You won't have any student loans, won't pay out of pocket, you'll have benefits immediately (if you're union) and there is a huge demand due to the boomers retiring.

See what a licensed electrician makes in a major metro, I make more than I did with a degree. I've done both and hands down my apprenticeship has paid out compared to college.

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