With a little observation, a little rule bending and a little daring.
I spoke with a friend recently about his job as a fitness instructor. He hated it, the pay, the people at the gym.
What are you going to do about it?
Making Money is easier than ever.
Decades ago, people needed physical strength to make a living. Now we pay to go to the gym to sweat.
My grandfather used to haul rich people around town in a Chinese carriage under the burning sun. My grandmother would spend the whole day in the field plucking and planting, the repetitive movement put strenuously pressure on her back and shoulders.
You think life is hard right now? It was a lot worst years ago. Consider us lucky that we are actually living in an era where making money is easier than ever. With a little observation and a thorough understanding about an industry you can make bank. Here’s a little story that illustrate what I meant.
I earned a year worth of college tuition selling Women’s yoga pants.
One time I was visiting a high-end gym and inside they were selling gym clothing, specifically yoga pants. They had little foot traffic because the store was tucked away in the corner of the gym. What I’ve also noticed is that their inventory on Lululemon yoga pants were about two seasons behind. That was when my aha moment kicked in.
You ever heard of saying and I’m paraphrasing here, to break into an industry, it’s best you know the industry in-side-out first?
I knew that those yoga pants would sell very well online because for this particular yoga brand they only produce a limited quality of yoga pants. For that reason, it created a high surge of demand on Ebay. To test out the market, I brought a few pair of yoga pants and set up an online store. As predicted, people loved the it and were willing to pay up to three folds of the price that I paid for those pants.
In a six months time, I brought up the whole inventory and sold it all. I ended up making a year worth of my college tuition (40K USD).
What’re you going to do about it?
Going back to my friend, his problem isn’t unique, it happens to everyone. What’s unique is that what you are going to do about the situation. Some people complain, and head straight back into the infinite loop of complains, whining. Case in point, that was my friend. I think he is very capable of moving out of the rugged. He had trained with the top MMA fighters and has 50K Instagram followers and a growing audience on his Youtube channel. That’s more than enough for him to move his career up a notch.
So when you feel down and small about your pay, ask yourself what’re you going to do about it? Until you come up with a plan or do something about it, you’re just complaining.