Move to the damn suburbs. Kids who grow up in Manhattan are like bonsai kittens.
I get it bro. You worked hard, you earned fuck you money, you're too old to give a damn about things like "humility" or "not being a huge douche in public". But all that wealth will fade away at the hands of an angry, starving mob. And no amount of money or Rolexes will make that frail body of yours age in reverse. So let's try to uphold the social contract, k?
I want to become independently wealthy ie get a passive income stream. When my money is making more money than I made in my best year, that's when I'll have enough.
I have one thing to say about this: "Fuck you, pay me."
Any system that helps further this country's slide into a banana republic/nepotistic clusterf*** should be abolished.
I have such mixed feels about this. I've been doing a ton of side work as a web developer, but I really don't enjoy it. It's a super marketable skill, but not something I would ever do as a full time job unless I was desperate. Now that I'm making a decent amount at my day job (defined as "enough to afford living without roommates") the side gigs make less and less sense. But I keep doing them, probably out of fear of becoming a bag lady. Do I think they will ever help me professionally? Probably not. Are they a great way to develop my dev skills and network. Definitely.
+1 for that picture
@deepomega when that happens to me, I tell the person to stop talking to me immediately or I will "pluck your right eyeball out of your skull and make you eat it in front of me". For skeezy guys, substitute "cut your dick off" for the eyeball.