Author Topic: Me!  (Read 3546 times)

ayylmao

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 19
Me!
« on: December 22, 2015, 03:39:31 PM »
I've saved $2500, aka 100% of what I've made at my job since July (short hours, and I'm 15), but I don't invest in my future. I don't try anything new, I don't eat right, I don't exercise, I don't ride a bike. Then again, I don't know how to even get started in any of these things, but I want to so bad. I'm tired of spending my whole life on a PC or TV... these things are poison!

onlykelsey

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2172
Re: Me!
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2015, 03:41:18 PM »
They absolutely are poison.  Have you ever tried software that locks you out from certain websites or after you've spent X minutes a day online?  I used to use leechblocker.  Of course, you can get around it, but it takes time and sometimes that time is enough to propel you away from your laptop and on to something more productive.

Don Jean

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 32
Re: Me!
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2015, 03:48:09 PM »
My motivation to respond to your post was because in many ways it was as though I was speaking to a past version of me. As a result, I'll keep it short and simple since my attention span was akin to my stature back in those days.

Your intuition is strong and you are correct in your belief that sitting behind a PC is poison. Similar to most other types of illicit drugs, the pleasure helps one avoid the pain. Honestly, just get rid of the thing. For your basic computing needs get a basic computer. No matter what you believe you simply do not yet have sufficient will, discipline or maturity to manage the addiction when the temptation stares at you in the face.

Pick ONE thing and make a ridiculously simple goal out of it. Perhaps you want to learn an instrument? Goal: Learn one chord a week. KEEP IT SIMPLE. Commit yourself dutifully to your task and fill the other time with either an outdoor activity or reading. The habit and success will feed upon itself much like compound investing--this is your first big life and financial lesson.

At some unknown point in the future--after a few weeks or months--you will relish in your success and convince yourself that you have found balance and have room for PC and/or TV back in your life. This is your greatest test because it is the biggest crock of shit story that we tell ourselves before we really achieve greatness. It's life's little shit test to see whether you really want to achieve something greater. Lucky for you, you are going to surround yourself with reminders that the journey and not the goal are more important and you will pass this test.

Ciao from another decade.

TheAnonOne

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1522
Re: Me!
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2015, 09:42:45 PM »
I've saved $2500, aka 100% of what I've made at my job since July (short hours, and I'm 15), but I don't invest in my future. I don't try anything new, I don't eat right, I don't exercise, I don't ride a bike. Then again, I don't know how to even get started in any of these things, but I want to so bad. I'm tired of spending my whole life on a PC or TV... these things are poison!

I wouldn't fret too much. When I was 15 (25 now) all I did was play video games and occasionally hold a part time job. Now I have hardly a care in the world and make enough to do basically anything I want.

I learned how to write code with those years.

jprince7827

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 148
Re: Me!
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2015, 06:53:41 AM »
I've saved $2500, aka 100% of what I've made at my job since July (short hours, and I'm 15), but I don't invest in my future. I don't try anything new, I don't eat right, I don't exercise, I don't ride a bike. Then again, I don't know how to even get started in any of these things, but I want to so bad. I'm tired of spending my whole life on a PC or TV... these things are poison!

I wouldn't fret too much. When I was 15 (25 now) all I did was play video games and occasionally hold a part time job. Now I have hardly a care in the world and make enough to do basically anything I want.

I learned how to write code with those years.

Agreed. In between all the video games and anti-social behavior I wrote a few video games of my own. Eventually founded a video game company, got seed funding. It crashed, but then the seed funders hired me and now I've been in this software career for about five years.

PCs are only poison if all you do is play games. They can actually be your future if you take the time to learn how to make them work.

JLee

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 5634
Re: Me!
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2015, 09:47:18 AM »
I've saved $2500, aka 100% of what I've made at my job since July (short hours, and I'm 15), but I don't invest in my future. I don't try anything new, I don't eat right, I don't exercise, I don't ride a bike. Then again, I don't know how to even get started in any of these things, but I want to so bad. I'm tired of spending my whole life on a PC or TV... these things are poison!

I wouldn't fret too much. When I was 15 (25 now) all I did was play video games and occasionally hold a part time job. Now I have hardly a care in the world and make enough to do basically anything I want.

I learned how to write code with those years.

Agreed. In between all the video games and anti-social behavior I wrote a few video games of my own. Eventually founded a video game company, got seed funding. It crashed, but then the seed funders hired me and now I've been in this software career for about five years.

PCs are only poison if all you do is play games. They can actually be your future if you take the time to learn how to make them work.
+1 on the learning avenues.  I spent a lot of time building and tweaking computers, setting up home networks, etc. Fast forward a decade and I was able to use that experience (I also taught elderly people how to use computers, made a few bucks that way) to get a position as an intern with an IT company, which kicked off my current career.

If all you do is games..well, you're just wasting years.

zephyr911

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3628
  • Age: 41
  • Location: Northern Alabama
  • I'm just happy to be here. \m/ ^_^ \m/
    • Pinhook Development LLC
Re: Me!
« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2015, 08:55:38 AM »
I've saved $2500, aka 100% of what I've made at my job since July (short hours, and I'm 15), but I don't invest in my future. I don't try anything new, I don't eat right, I don't exercise, I don't ride a bike. Then again, I don't know how to even get started in any of these things, but I want to so bad. I'm tired of spending my whole life on a PC or TV... these things are poison!
Do you like other humans? I find it dramatically easier to take care of my body when I'm signed up for group activities or team sports. Martial arts, kickball, disc golf - pick a non-threatening option and find a group that's welcoming to n00bz.

The best way to get started eating right is to cook more. Pick things you like, read up online, learn to make a healthy version, buy the ingredients and practice! Side benefit: it's usually cheaper too!

swashbucklinstache

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 219
  • Location: Midwest U.S.
Re: Me!
« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2015, 12:50:54 PM »
I've saved $2500, aka 100% of what I've made at my job since July (short hours, and I'm 15), but I don't invest in my future. I don't try anything new, I don't eat right, I don't exercise, I don't ride a bike. Then again, I don't know how to even get started in any of these things, but I want to so bad. I'm tired of spending my whole life on a PC or TV... these things are poison!

I wouldn't fret too much. When I was 15 (25 now) all I did was play video games and occasionally hold a part time job. Now I have hardly a care in the world and make enough to do basically anything I want.

I learned how to write code with those years.

Agreed. In between all the video games and anti-social behavior I wrote a few video games of my own. Eventually founded a video game company, got seed funding. It crashed, but then the seed funders hired me and now I've been in this software career for about five years.

PCs are only poison if all you do is play games. They can actually be your future if you take the time to learn how to make them work.
+1 on the learning avenues.  I spent a lot of time building and tweaking computers, setting up home networks, etc. Fast forward a decade and I was able to use that experience (I also taught elderly people how to use computers, made a few bucks that way) to get a position as an intern with an IT company, which kicked off my current career.

If all you do is games..well, you're just wasting years.

1. At first I thought OP might be disapproving of my journal ;)
2. When I was 15 I did a similar thing. We got paid onto a debit card, and I had to get a new one after I didn't even activate the card for 9 months.
3. For me if you are interested in video games it's not the end of the world to play them, you have to have some fun too! I'm in software (kind of) and think you can learn a lot from playing them. Many of my coworkers went from playing video games to modding them (illegally) to making their own to working as developers/programmers professionally.
4. Exercise is great. Now is the best time to create good physical habits. If you're up for it, learning how to lift weights could be a great thing (but please, please, please learn how to do it right and do it safely) as your body will never have more hormones in it than in your teens, making results easier to come by. Team sports can be great and help develop character too, even if you suck as it's about the locker room.

Don't forget to file your taxes and if it makes sense for your savings goals open a Roth IRA! FAFSA implications.

Lastly, don't worry too much about this or being perfect at it all the time. Everyone makes mistakes - if you avoid the big ones and bat .600 on the others you'll probably be in great shape as a floor when you hit your late 20s and your life is drastically different than you could possibly imagine it now. Good luck and feel great you're thinking about this stuff already.