Just wanted to agree on the entrepreneur thing... I'm only 24 and I've been teaching Martial Arts for about 8 years. I decided in 2001 to do this as my profession and started teaching independent locations. I was making quite a bit for what I was doing. I still have a part-time job (I choose to because I enjoy it and it'* mainly to help my friends out that work there) at a CVS/Pharmacy Photo Lab. However, as of right now, I only teach on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings, a grand total of 5 hours. I make anywhere between $500-$1500 every weekend for these 5 hours worth of what I love to do more than anything. Think what could be accomplished if I decided to do this full time? Keep in mind I'm only a third degree black belt (Not quite a Master yet).
I love it so much that I took the position of Area Director for the martial art that I teach (Tong Il Lo
) at the beginning of the year so that I could assist other instructors in making their locations better/bigger/more profitable. Again, currently it only consumes about 5 hours of my weekend, and I have the whole week to do/accomplish other goals. I am currently attending school studying Anatomy & Physiology so that I may be more educated in my profession.
I didn't mean to hijack your thread, I only wish to demonstrate that if you have virtually any
kind of trade or gift that you have learned over your lifetime, there are people out there who want to learn what you already know
. At the very least there are people who will wish to utilize your talents. You simply charge them for your time (remember, your time is valuable
) and you can build some additional wealth for yourself!
While I may not have gotten to know you very well, I do know through posts of yours I have read over time that you have a wonderful family and a good head on your shoulders. With these two things in mind, I believe you'll be able to accomplish anything, Paul.