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On Stock Trading and Dog Walking

DogwalkerThere’s some scary stuff going on in suburban basements across America these days. It mostly involves young people trying to grow up and find careers, but not knowing exactly how to do so. A percentage have college degrees, but many have only partial schooling. They have grown up with a sense of entitlement, that life should somehow be easy and ripe for the picking.

Only, they can’t seem to pick a career.

It escapes them that most everything requires training, or effort, or study before it pays off. And these young adults desire big-time payoffs in the present, if not sooner. Patience and perseverance have never been cultivated as important character traits in their lives.

Consequently, the kids need to find quick fixes. They tend to reason: what could be better careers than dog-walking or stock-stock-trading trading? Inevitably, it comes down to one of these two choices, if not both. I don’t know why, but these two paths pop up time and again when I inquire about how their life is going.

The dog walking gig is honest and potentially lucrative. Yet often, the young adults manufacture reasons, scores and scores of reasons, why their new business is not growing successful. They can’t seem to pass out business cards, put up fliers, nor make contacts. They can’t work for other dog walkers and they can’t find their own clients. This list goes on, month after month.

A variation on the theme would be those who find one or two dog-walking clients, while not even making minimum wage.

It would be better to be flipping burgers somewhere.

stock-market-playInevitably, they turn their sights to stock trading, a high-tech alternative touted as a career to be undertaken while relaxing on a distant beach. So many superficial courses and seminars exist to show how utterly simple it is to trade options, or engage in some other stock scheme. Naturally, the easy, “sure-fire” course costs in the neighborhood of $10,000, and often, a parent sees the tremendous opportunity as an answer to prayer and funds the lesson in futility, frequently joining in the training.

The family ends up losing big bucks, whether through erroneously investing in the class itself, or through an unvetted investment in the NASDAQ.

And then, it’s back to square one.

So sad. Why doesn’t anyone step up and intervene? It’s similar to a train wreck where nobody wants to become involved.

The simplest and kindest response would be for a parent, or family friend, or anyone who might be able to talk sense to the young walkingperson, to just tell them: you need to get a 9 to 5 job.

Period. Pronto.

No playing around. No wishful thinking. Those are both something they can do on their lunch hour, along with develop an alternate path to riches. Meanwhile, for now, either they’re in school full-time or working full-time.

Turn off the electronics and the TV. Move out of the basement. This is real life and they get to script their very own reality show, with the advice to ensure it’s not a comedy and not a tragedy.

But rest assured: the world is watching, so it’s time to pick up the pace and choose a destination. It can always be recalibrated and recalculated at a later date. The current goal is to start moving forward.

A moving ship is able to be guided. Perhaps you will give them a good first shove off shore.


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