Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Decisions and money

I really don't like looking for a job. I'm not an especially competitive person and I am way too honest for the resume and interview portions of the Job Application Pageant. Another problem is that I don't know exactly what I want to do.

I've spent years in the fitness industry, and I just don't feel like I fit there. I can do it. I even think I'm fairly good at it. I'm just not a fitness kind of guy. I don't really want to help anyone look good in a swimsuit, I think there are far greater concerns in the world that I would rather be working on.

So I've applied with health departments and alternative transportation organizations, but I haven't had any success. My lack of success is probably closely related to my lack of experience in those areas.

And then there's alternative building methods that really interests me. I have absolutely no experience and very little knowledge in that area. I called up a green building company to ask if they had any openings. They asked me if I had any experience. I said no. They asked about my education. I said that I had advanced degrees in exercise physiology. They asked what I thought I could do. I didn't have any idea... So I stammered around and said that I just wanted to do something. Oddly, they weren't looking for anyone at that point. I haven't called on green builders since then. I have tried to get into volunteering somewhere, but I really haven't found anyone who is willing to take me in.

So I'm sitting here, doing nothing and it's driving me nuts. OK, I'm not really doing nothing, but I'm not satisfied with what I'm getting done. I'm doing quite a bit of reading and I enjoy that. I've also started writing a book. So far it is terrible, but I still work on it because I feel that the premise has potential and it makes me feel like I'm doing something.

Oh, and I apply for jobs. I apply for jobs that I fear getting. I apply for jobs for which I'm terribly over qualified. I apply for jobs that I'm excited about. I apply for jobs that I hope I don't get. I apply for jobs that I don't think I could do. Sometimes it feels like a game because I just keep applying for jobs. I've had seven interviews in three months, so I don't feel like it's going that poorly, but I would like to be doing something more.

Here comes the big decision that weighs on me. We have money in savings and we could continue to live like this for another year or more as I continue to put in applications to various jobs (which would drive me nuts). Or, I've thought of starting a business. I've done it before, it's not that difficult. I mean it's not difficult except the making enough money to support your family part of starting a business. Starting the business is really easy.

What business would I like to start? I could make soap (except I doubt supporting a family on that income). I could start a pedicab company in a mid-sized town somewhere, except I fear the start-up cost and the ability to make money at it. I could start an alternative building company to help build houses for the poor (that really excites me), except I have no building experience, no equipment and the poor are generally not good at paying for things.

That seems to leave starting a fitness business. I could do it, I have confidence that I could make it a good business. I have confidence that I could support my family with it. I also have confidence that it would drive me nuts on many levels because the services that I think people need, are not the same as what they think they want.

I've been sending out some more unconventional propositions asking for exchanges and different approaches to saving money, starting a business or finding a job. I'm excited about that. I'm excited about unconventional. We'll see.

But for now, I'm going back to writing my book that needs a lot of work so that I can make my millions as an author.


Emily A. W. said...

We have two similar passions. The desire to build eco friendly poor people housing, and green technologies. If we could combine the two, we could take over the world.

Nate said...

I'd buy your book!

You could always be a farmer. I think that's right up your alley.

Tonya said...

I'll be to your first signing.

Gail said...

How exciting to have so many options. I gave a job recommendation/reference check today on you. I told them you sucked and that they should send you back our way! : )

I will read your book but only if you write me a dedication inside on the cover... I am not cool enough to have a Kindle so you have to use an old fashioned pen.

Hugs to all.

Linc. said...

Hey, Garrett--

I keep reading your posts, and I keep hoping that each new one will report a great job. It will come eventually. Maybe even this merry month of May!

I'm glad you're working on a book. Several of your posts (I especially recall one about remembering an old girl friend) would translate nicely into a memoir.

If you do go into a business, consider building bird houses. There's little initial investment, they requiring no experience, they use manual skills, you have no inventory storage problems, they serve a good purpose, and there's plenty of room for creativity with regard to finishing and decorating. You could become the West Coast master of up-scale bird house manufacturers! People will flock to them for their artistic value--not to mention birds flocking to them.

There are plenty of simple plans available free on the Internet. Try it! (I may do some myself.)

And keep keeping us posted on what's developing for you out there. We're all pulling for you.


(Beaumont Y Silver Sneaker member)

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