There is always Room at the Top

Cargo Cult
@Shiva49 (9001)
Singapore
April 20, 2016 10:29am CST
Some newbies are curious to know how to make a living from online sites and some ask me point blank “how much you make here?” I told one to give it a sincere try and find for himself/herself. That is fair dinkum. Years ago when I was starting my career I used to wonder the potential of jobs and careers. Then I realized one truth – there is always room at the top! The lower levels are rather suffocating but one can rise up the ladder with hard work and determination. Money will follow especially if we are not too obsessed with it but if that is the only driving force then one has to be really driven and focused on such a pursuit at the cost of those which may become clearer later - those that money cannot buy! To ask “how much” first is like a child relentlessly asking her mom she wants the moon which looks tantalizingly up for the grab but that only exasperates the flustered mother. One cannot have a rather easy lifestyle and hope to have money in plenty; everything is in proportion recalling the proverb – if wishes were horses, beggars would ride. After having seen the reality for years I can state that writing sites pay not much, just some pocket money. There have been very few upping the ante but they proved a flash in the pan only to bite the dust. One is recalled with fond hope resonating with what I have described in one of my earlier posts in what is called the Cargo Cult during the Second World War. http://www.mylot.com/post/2897180/the-party-is-ongoing.
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@andriaperry (27958)
• Anniston, Alabama
20 Apr 16
I agree there is always room at the top. I just get busy and the money will come. I am glad to see you blogging :)
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@Shiva49 (9001)
• Singapore
20 Apr 16
As the site grows we too benefit and that is what it amounts to. I am happy to log in whenever I can and do my part - siva
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@marlina (58263)
• Canada
21 Apr 16
@Shiva49 And you do your part and I am glad that you do.
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@Shiva49 (9001)
• Singapore
21 Apr 16
@marlina I like to spread some cheer around and feel grateful for the opportunity of being part of sites like this - siva
@jaboUK (48783)
• United Kingdom
20 Apr 16
I think it's rude when people ask how much you make - they surely wouldn't do it in real life, so why do they do it here? If the money is all they are interested on they are on the wrong site.
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@Shiva49 (9001)
• Singapore
21 Apr 16
For few even the first discussion is a one-liner - how much they can make? It resonates with how few come to my place for the first time and ask how much I paid for it straight on my face! I have been at few sites and find my way around and learn from few who are at the top. I need not be a Sherlock Holmes to find out that! It is "elementary" logic! It is more of what we bring to the table and counting the chickens later. When Yahoo bought over Associated Content, they started making it tough for many. Despite that I spent two years there as I had many friends and despite not getting paid being non-US based. Then I moved to few other and one stopped payment but I visit to support few there. My take is money can be made but one has to be admitted first into their "hallowed precincts" and then follow their strict standards. It is more of hard work than spending time at leisure, enjoying the interaction and then some payment as a bonus - siva
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@jaboUK (48783)
• United Kingdom
21 Apr 16
@Shiva49 You've hit the nail on the head when you say that coming to a site like this is more about 'what we can bring to the table' - not what we can take from it.
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@Shiva49 (9001)
• Singapore
21 Apr 16
@jaboUK When I went for interviews for my first job, I was more anxious to impress by answering to the point but now I find some more anxious to find out about what they are "entitled". My eagerness was to learn first and it was a reward by itself to pave the way for a secured future. I recall President Kennedy's words "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" siva
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@LadyDuck (112697)
• Switzerland
20 Apr 16
You are right, money comes if you are not too obsessed about it. The few dollars that we earn on this site are a nice extra for the pleasure to chat with friends.
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@Shiva49 (9001)
• Singapore
21 Apr 16
Spot on and that is how I feel about online earnings like in other areas of work. Here it is more of leisure and interaction, so there are obvious limits as to earnings - siva
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@Corbin5 (73731)
• United States
20 Apr 16
A few dollars every now and then is what one can expect from a writing site like this one. Making the few dollars is easy and comfortable and that is all one can expect.
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@Shiva49 (9001)
• Singapore
20 Apr 16
We have to be realistic too as there are no stringent standards imposed - so enjoy the time and the payment is just a bonus - siva
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@sharon6345 (100773)
• United States
20 Apr 16
All they need to do is get busy and work the site. They want magic and they are not going to find it.
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@Shiva49 (9001)
• Singapore
20 Apr 16
Yes, there is a price to pay and also the limitations of income potential - siva
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• Jacksonville, Florida
20 Apr 16
Your right, if you want to do well anywhere in life you have to work hard at it. If you never try you will never get anywhere.
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@Shiva49 (9001)
• Singapore
21 Apr 16
Yes, it depends more on us how far we can go - even mankind is given a vast expanse but we are still stuck at our planet ! siva
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@amadeo (43626)
• United States
20 Apr 16
they have to work it like we do.Nothing is easy
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@Shiva49 (9001)
• Singapore
20 Apr 16
Yes, there is a price to pay and meet the requirements too to make it worthwhile for all - siva
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@hereandthere (21741)
• Philippines
20 Apr 16
in your career, when did you know your limit?
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@Shiva49 (9001)
• Singapore
20 Apr 16
I drew a line - thus far and no more. I was happy with where I progressed and knew others did go further but had to pay a price. Regarding my limits in my career, I wanted to have a good balance with family time - so I made that clear to myself and my employers - siva
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• Philippines
20 Apr 16
@Shiva49 but i'm sure you reached a level of long-term financial security first so you can coast along thereafter
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@Shiva49 (9001)
• Singapore
21 Apr 16
@hereandthere I live within my earnings. During my forty years of working I would have saved every year. Yes, I have enough to meet my needs but then again that will vary as some put annual holidays to exotic places in the list. For me, I should have balance and that I had in mind all the time right from school days - live life as per my terms but help others in need within my means - siva
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@JudyEv (91813)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Apr 16
I always feel a bit uncomfortable when newbies ask 'how much can I earn here' and 'what should I do to earn money here'. It is important to build relationships first and worry about income second. And really, this applies to much of our life's journey, don't you think?
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@Shiva49 (9001)
• Singapore
21 Apr 16
I think it is more due to "fishing" for information without realizing it is not proper. We don't even ask how much our own children are earning and my father used to leave his wallet on the table and I was uncomfortable going anywhere near it! It is always easier to know about sites by googling and reading the details from the site itself. Again, earning depends on what we bring to the table - siva
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@JudyEv (91813)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Apr 16
@Shiva49 That's very true. I guess it is a question I wouldn't ask and I don't want to feel as though I should divulge what I earn on here.
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@SIMPLYD (73806)
• Philippines
25 Apr 16
Well, i experienced earning much in one site before and that was the now defunct Bubblews . Like you said it was too a flash in a pan .
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@Shiva49 (9001)
• Singapore
25 Apr 16
I think their plan was to sell the site and for that they wanted huge activity. I heard Associated Content was sold to Yahoo for $100 million in 2011. But those days are gone. And Yahoo lost money straightaway. To make some real money much effort, expertise and professionalism are needed which are beyond most. We can enjoy our time and get few dollars a month as reward - siva
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• Eugene, Oregon
25 Apr 16
Brilliant reference to the cargo cult! Pocket money, the kind that jingles, is the average it seems.
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@Shiva49 (9001)
• Singapore
25 Apr 16
To make living is impossible through online sites. Bui one can hone our skills and enjoy the camaraderie with a bit of pocket money as monetary compensation for the time we spend and enjoy! siva
@TheHorse (49953)
• Pleasant Hill, California
23 Apr 16
I wonder if some of those who ask are naive enough to think they can make "big money" on a writing site.
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@Shiva49 (9001)
• Singapore
25 Apr 16
There is no easy money anywhere for sure and one of the last places should be a writing site - siva
@sol_cee (12943)
• Japan
22 Apr 16
Money always lures people. I tend to give them a ballpark figure. lol
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@Shiva49 (9001)
• Singapore
22 Apr 16
I do too but few get obsessed with it before they even make a post. They don't realize that it depends more on them by finding their way around. There is no "silver bullet" - siva