The stereotype goes like this: a stay at home geek who does nothing all day long but play video games, killing 16 hours a day of his life in what feels like only 3 or 4. He does not work and is probably living off his parents or unemployment support from the government.
Now the questions is: can such a person be rich without drastically altering the lifestyle that he enjoys so much?
The answer is a strong resounding YES!
How can that be? First of all, one is to completely cross out all the moneymaking options that forces this person into uncomfortable social situations. Most gamers, including myself, find it awkward to be surrounded by people or co-worker who do not have any idea or get what I like or makes me tick. Even if I’m with a group of friends or a bunch of relatives, I find it embarrassing to cut my time short because I’ve got some gaming to do. They do not get that, most people in modern societies see gamers as losers, and they’re right to think that, because we gave them that impression by the majority of us having to be poor and living as a liability on our families or societies.
It doesn’t have to be this way
However, there is a way out. It does not have to be this way. I have already left the shackles of being associated with failure and poverty, and I am starting to make money. As I was saying, you just need to eliminate the money-making options that require a lot of contact with people, be it a boss, co-worker, partner…etc.
So what options are left when you do that?
It is safe to divide all legitimate money making endeavors into four categories:
If you are to eliminate from the above that which you cannot do from home, right from the very room with which you game so much, what would it be? The answer is just one thing: Employment.
Without the option of employment, you are not missing out on much. There are hardly people around anymore who could say they are employed and rich. The 90% of most societies who are either poor or average fall into that category. Being a gamer kind of caused you to dodge the bullet of falling into the employment trap.
You are left out with the best options of the modern age: Self-Employment, Business and Investment. You probably find that self-employment and investment fall naturally into that category. But what is it that includes business in this kind of lifestyle? The answer stems from what we perceive as business. Let us look and define the four categories better.
In a nutshell:
Employment: To work for a company/business for a fixed payment.
Self-employed: To have your own business that you either do single-handedly or supervise.
Business: To own a business that makes money on its own with minimum supervision.
Investment: To pay some money now for the hope of getting more than what you paid in the near or late future.
The Cashflow Quadrant
So the businessman who runs a company does not actually fall in the money-making category of business. He is actually self-employed. Yet the gamer friendly options of self-employment, business and investment, rely on those things you could do to make a lot of money on your own. An independent businessman, one-man-company, or you can even call it a one man show. At best, you can have 3 or 4 partners who are also likely to be gamers (or family) to help you out.
A gamer could find great prospects for success if he follows an independent money-making path that which he could do absolutely on his own and in some cases with very small groups of people.
Over the next few weeks, I will be adding more articles and how-to about how this can be achieved, inspired from my overnight success with my own business, or you can go ahead and start researching businesses that you can run from your computer without having to leave the luxury of your gaming life.
You may be wondering why I’m doing this. The answer is simple: I’ve been through a lot of hard times and suffering, and after succeeding of getting myself–as a gamer–out of the hellhole of poverty, I wish to help other gamers find success as well so that they do not have to suffer as I did.