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    ...lol....

    Btw, learn how to manage your manager is very pragmatic advice and blunt too. That's just the reality of working with anyone, be it your manager or your customer or your team of employees. Whoever this person is, pay attention to them. They sound like a good mentor who'll tell you how it is rather than what you want to hear.

    Btw, btw - learn how to recognize a huge compliment when it's given to you instead of taking it as an insult, especially when that compliment is backed by concrete $$$, aka pay attention to actions.

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    Friday was an interesting day. The CEO invited some of us for lunch during the break. I had the chance to ask him some questions I wanted. Mainly about how he found his first client, how he started etc. He was being evasive about how he found his first client so I asked him straight away “Did you go there and knock the door? How did you manage to sell the first time?” It took a few seconds to answer but he replied that he worked there before and had connections. I thought sh*t, I don’t have any connections and building connections is not my strength, I will have to to knock doors until I beat the odds. Anyway, it was interesting.

    After work I joined a group of super extroverts acquaintances at a bar. Not the simple extroverts, the hardcore one lol. They were like “you don’t seem comfortable” and I was “yeah, it’s the bar, it is too crowded for me” (which was true). At some point they ordered shots and one of the women told me she has a surprise for me if I drink my shot. I did it and she showed me a picture of one of her colleagues saying “Do you like her, you would be a great fit, she doesn’t drink like you and she is not the most talkative person”. Apparently she was the only introvert in a department full of extroverts (most of them were colleagues). I had heard the name of that girl in another party and I remembered a guy saying about her “ she is ok but she doesn’t drink, like does she think she is better than us?” This guy was there yesterday. Whilst I was looking at the photo he asked me “do you like her?” with a grimace of disapproval. I replied “ she seems attractive, why?” He said “dunno, I don’t like blondes”. The real reason is that this guy has inferiority complexes he needs to resolve. Nobody seemed to like her in the department because she was not a drinker. I thought at least she is the only thin person among you.

    Then a few of us went to a Mexican restaurant to eat while the rest stayed at the bar. The discussion naturally ended up about relationships and work. I had to reply to the typical questions about how many years I’ve been single and why I don’t want a relationship, kids etc*. I enjoy seeing women’s faces when I reply that I’ve been single forever. They take this “he is a lost case” expression. Hahahaha. It’s very entertaining. Anyway, then the discussion revolved around work. Some of the people of the first group (at the bar) make good money in the corporate world and they don’t even have degrees or very difficult jobs. Obviously extroverts dominate in the corporate world. Although I understand why, I mean it’s easier to collaborate with an easy going extrovert than a fussy introvert. Makes sense. There was a girl who doesn’t mince her words and at some point she told me “Why do you think you can start something on your own when you can’t even find a job you want with a good salary? Why do you believe you can make it?” It was a good question. It hit me like a thunder.Inadvertently, she pushed my buttons. I flipped inside for a few minutes. Honestly, I don’t have an answer. I don’t have any talents or high IQ or skills but I am extremely persistent and I am willing to take risks and make mistakes. I believe when you devote yourself into something you can achieve many things. I am a firm believer of the good ol’ perseverance. When people tell me you can’t/shouldn’t do this I flip. It’s my nature. Regardless, I had a great time.

    On the way back home there was a group of junkies on the train. I don’t know why but they targeted us and I suspect it’s because the girl who was with us looked back at them accidentally and got scared. Junkies are like stray aggressive dogs. If they smell fear you are ed. We waited inside the station for a few minutes, we scanned the area and it seemed they were gone. Unfortunately, when we got out of the station they came behind us and started pushing one of my friends (they were 7-8 junkies and we were two guys and a girl). Thankfully, there was a store and we went inside. The junkies stayed outside for 5-10 minutes screaming “come out white b*tches”. They were junkies and they also had racial issues. We had to call somebody to come and pick us up. There is a spate of stabbings in London and everyday I hear about a stabbing on the radio. Three weeks ago two people where stabbed in this area. The last thing I want is to get stabbed by junkies.


    *I don’t want to get married or have kids but every rule has an exception. If I ever meet a hot, intelligent stripper/con artist with the same sense of adventure, yeah, I will marry her and have kids. Therefore 99.99999999% I will be single forever hahahaha

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    Ok I’m not surprised by “hot, intelligent, stripper”, but you lost me at “con artist”.

    One would think it would be a dealbreaker. Lol

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    Originally Posted by milly007
    Ok I’m not surprised by “hot, intelligent, stripper”, but you lost me at “con artist”.

    One would think it would be a dealbreaker. Lol
    It was more of a general description. Replace con-artist with saleswoman/actress and it's the same. Think about Amy Adams in American Hustle or Jessica Chastain in Molly's Game. You get the type. Generally speaking, hot, intelligent women who take risks, break the rules and love acting hahaha. You thought only women like bad boys? Men like bad girls too hahaha

    And Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct. The first one lol

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    I received a message on fb from my "best" childhood friend. Interesting. It's interesting because in our late teens he stopped talking to me. Suddenly, one day, he decided to never talk to me again. I never found the reason. That was almost 8-9 years ago. And now he contacted me to apologize?? haha well, I was sure it was not because he felt remorse. I replied "no worries, it happens, we grow and we change". Then he asked "are you still chasing the dream? I am thinking about starting something on my own" I laughed. So that was the real reason he contacted me.

    I don't mind that he contacted me because he wanted something, I would do the same. I would never consider doing business with him though. I asked him if he has any ideas and he sent me a book with title "How to make money working 4 hours per day". Hahahahahaha. He is not dumb or anything but he is not the type to go above and beyond in order to succeed. I do not know a lot about business (yet) but I am pretty sure it's like everything else. If you are not willing to live for that goal, you will never achieve it. Anyway, I wished him good luck with his endeavors. I doubt we will ever talk again.

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    I got a stomach infection and went to the emergency yesterday. It turned out to be gastroenteritis. Probably I ate something stale or not cooked enough. I don't know. I am bedridden since yesterday. I much better today, tomorrow I will be almost fine.

    It's one of those days I don't want to see anybody, hear anybody, talk to anybody, I don't want to think about work, I don't want to think about anything. I just want to go somewhere in the countryside. Just me and the wind.

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    I got a week off to recuperate properly. I feel good today :)

    In August I will complete a year at work and it will also be the end of my corporate career.

    A realistic point of view of the current situation: I want to race in formula 1 championship but I don’t even know how to drive. Therefore, the next 3-4 years I need to experiment and learn how to drive (do business).

    So there are three cards on the table for the next 3-4 years:

    1)Return back to Athens and try learning how to do business there.
    Pros: I reckon my experiments will cost me 20K euros more or less (over a span of 3-4 years I mean). 20-25K euros is an amount I can afford to lose. If things go well, I can move the business to the UK easily enough.
    Cons: I don’t want to stay 3-4 years in Athens. Extremely high taxation. Tax on tax on tax. Bureaucracy. Small market, small profits even if successful.

    2)Stay in London and try to do the same.
    Pros: It’s London, the market is huge, more profits if successful. I love London, I love living in London.
    Cons: For the same experiments it will need about 50-60K pounds. I could persuade my parents to help me with money but it’s a lot of money just for experimenting/learning.

    3)Become a math/computing teacher in the UK. I am eligible for bursary for the one year training that is required to become a qualified teacher.
    Pros: Good quality of life, a lot of holidays to travel.
    Cons: Inner resentment for the rest of my life because I never gave a real chance to my childhood dream


    These are the three cards on the table and I have to pick one and stick with it. I don’t want to find myself moving back and forth to Athens just because the grass is greener on the other side.

    Questions I have on my mind:
    Do I have a concrete plan? No
    Do I know what I am doing? I have absolutely not freaking idea
    Do I know someone to show me how business works? No
    Do I believe I will make it? No but I want to try it regardless the cost
    What are the chances of succeeding? Probably less than 1%

    The only thing I know: I want to give my childhood dream a real try.

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    The British girl who organizes the meet-ups asked me if I will come again(along with a crying emoticon lol). It's been a while since the last time but I had work to do. I promised her I will join them next week. We chatted a bit on fb. She ended the conversation with "you are great guy". I don't know where this came from but I accepted the compliment lol.

    She told me she wants kids so I assume she is looking for a serious relationship. Hope she doesn't have me on her mind, especially now that I will quit my job and end up god knows where.

    As I already mentioned, there are plenty of single people on meet-ups. It's a myth that single people after a certain age are alone because they are problematic. Well, in my case maybe I am not the most normal human being but generally speaking most single people above 30 are pretty normal. For instance, this girl who organizes the meetups or the Scottish girl who used to come, they are both normal and affable. They are not models in terms of looks but they are not bad looking either. It will be a pity if they don't find (if this is what they want) a good guy. I guess, the "some people are unlucky in love" is true.

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