Another midlife crisis?
November 3, 2013 7:29 PM Subscribe
I lean to the insane side of life when it comes to always trying to change. I have tried three times now to change from an enterprise programmer to SOMETHING! ANYTHING else... Here I am trying again... bound for failure?
posted by mrgroweler to work & money (2 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have it sweet I WILL admit it but I hate what I do. I have been a software programmer (self employed) for almost 20 years [no I never made it rich not even close] and I have done well. However, I have been an enterprise programmer the WHOLE time and I literally CRINGE when I have to do it especially the meetings!!! I have recently read "Rework" on the suggestion of a friend and that helped with me finally realizing why meetings are so bad. I find myself though "Planning" again to move away from that type of job.
Let me digress for a moment, the first time this happened I started a small comic book store. $150,000.00 of debt later I closed the store licked my wounds and went back to working in enterprise. I am ALMOST caught up with my debt.
Fast forward to NOW: I have almost 15,000 comics that I probably paid $40,000.00 - $50,000.00 with cover value of over $75Kfor I tried to sell them but the best I was offered was $0.05 each so $750.00 I literally thought about using the non-shiny ones as compost this summer. So what is the question? I have ALWAYS wanted to be a game developer and not the kinda person that makes huge blockbusters just enough to get by and be happy. I have done a ton of research and people like Jeff Vogel and some others are very inspiring but the thought of failing AGAIN is pretty crippling.
I have a LOT of non-monetary resources at my disposal
I have Thousands of Comics that I WOULD love to turn into something more than a few hundred bucks ("I" KNOW they are worthless but... really $750.00!)
I have a talent for learning and in the past three weeks have taught myself Unity and 3d modelling (THOUGH I AM REALLY NOT INTO 3d games per se) I had to get my mind into the concept of programming games so.
So is the idea I am doing make any sort of sense? I started a web store on shopify to sell my comics at $1.00/comic (at a loss to me of probably $1-$2) and INSTEAD of doing Kickstarter or something like that I am trying to drive donations/awareness from my OWN site, this is literally been setup in the past week even though I am by NO MEANS a web typer/designer.
Should I do this? This way? How can I promote my two sites (one is for soliciting donations ala kickstarter etc the other is the comic shop closeout site)
What else can I do this early to try and make the financial burden less (I know I need to invest some money but going into debt is a big NONO for me even if it is $100.00 for a piece of software)
Also selling the comics would allow me to move away from my soul sucking job... which is the biggest issue.