One of the first things that propelled me to begin my escaping the 9 to 5 journey was horrifying concept of having to “climb the corporate ladder”. I knew as a young women that if I entered the traditional workforce I would most likely deal with glass ceilings, and most definitely have to deal with corporate bureaucracy.
The idea was off-putting to a lackluster student who already had trouble dealing with authority figures I (rightly or wrongly) perceived as incompetent and had no ability to schmooze corporate types. I knew I’d have gotten nowhere flat trying to climb a ladder that hopefully led to a position that provided enough income and autonomy to enjoy life.
Then one day, as learned more about entrepreneurship through reading biographies of people I admired, the concept hit me: why climb a corporate ladder when you could just build your own?
When I look back over the last two years of my life (documented on this blog for better or worse) I can’t help but seeing the ridiculously purposeful randomness of each step.
At the tender age of 21 I worked as a cocktail waitress, then bartender, at a local dive in my hometown of Las Vegas.
The things I’ve seen there could fill a blog post and would both fascinate and revolt you – but one of the most interesting oddities I would persistently encounter night after night was the persistent sleaze bag.
A while back, when I was still living in Nevada, I came out to S.F. to visit some blog friends and see Tim Ferriss and Leo Babauta do a panel on Zen living.
This was the first time I’d been alone in San Francisco in… well… forever.
First off, personal update, because heck… I rarely do them. Today I signed a whopping 6 month lease (commitment hives are setting in!) for an apartment in San Francisco. I also officially signed a one month contract at a coworking space in SoMa.
The other day I was on HARO… actually, let me rephrase that: The other day my virtual assistant was on HARO… looking for case studies of people who had become self made (my all encompassing obsession as of late). Lots of people responded to our query, but 6 stood out as legitimate and inspiring self made millionaires and I thought I’d share their stories with you.