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11-18-2008, 04:15 PM #11
This is my philosophy.
You can never win if you don't play the game. You have to take risks in life. The trick is knowing which risks to take. If you're younger, with fewer responsibilities, take bigger risks.
The only reason why I have anything is because I took risks. Sometimes they paid off, sometimes they didn't. But every risk I have taken has been worth it because I've either profited from it monetarily or I've learned something I could use the next time around.
11-18-2008, 04:31 PM #12
My buddy and I went to a Top law school. He did not care about his grades or his class rank. (I was just the opposite.) He just needed his diploma because he intended to start his own PI firm in Vegas upon graduation.
When he graduated, he realized that he could not hang up his own shingle without meaningful trial experience. He gets a lowly defense job with a high volume insurance defense firm; guy, gets immediate trial experience on pissant matters. He doesn't care because it helps him sharpen his "on the feet skills." Fast forward 3 years, he now has substantial experience and contacts. He has offers from larger more prestigious law firms, but wants to start his own PI practice. (His soon to be wife wants him to stay the course and not risk it on his own business.)
He decided to roll the dice and was rewarded handsomely. His practice grew into a high volume PI practice with 5 paralegals helping him with managing his cases. He was doing 6 figures a month (settlement payouts on the various PI claims.)
With his wealth and notoriety, he became the man in Vegas. He had all access passes to the best places on the Strip; he called LV his town. He did everything which he bragged about doing in law school: he went to strip bars for lunch so he could pick up that night's date. Dude was living large.
Well, the fast life caught up to him. His wife catches him in bed with a stripper, divorces him and takes half of his wealth. He later develops a bad meth habit and is arrested for beating up on his baby momma (a stripper), and is disbarred. His practice goes into the dumps.
Where is he now? He is working with the TSA (and kicks himself for not staying the course, but he does admit to enjoying himself while it lasted.)
11-18-2008, 05:11 PM #13
11-18-2008, 05:23 PM #14
XXX,XXX a month gets you a hell of a lot of meth and strippers though!Who Is Jason A?
11-18-2008, 05:51 PM #15
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11-18-2008, 06:25 PM #17
When he hit Vegas and money started flowing in, he was transformed. Dude lost about 30 pounds, pulled all the chicks, was one of the most outgoing guys I have ever met, and his goal in life was to have fun to the fullest extent possible.
Whether he had poor "moral fabric" is not for me to say; but I do know this: power corrupted him to change.
He is now grunting it out in Hawaii as a TSA agent.
11-18-2008, 06:34 PM #18
It's not only about the risk and money, it's about the work. I wouldn't want to be a PI attorney even if it was the safe and lucrative choice.2011 Audi S4
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11-18-2008, 06:45 PM #19
I face similar decisions (government work v. large firm) all the time. I wish your buddy all the best in making this decision.
11-18-2008, 06:59 PM #20
The way I see it, being afraid of failure is to go against success. During my relatively short career, I've jumped on plenty of unsure things. Won some and lost some.
As long as the people around you don't have to compromise with their way of life, wife or children, the worst thing that could happen is that it didn't work out and you'd fall back into another steady job until you've built enough confidence for the next venture.How about a f*cking revolution baby! How about we burn some cop cars! How about we're fed up, and we're not gonna take it any more!