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Another Young Millionaire

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Here’s another one of CNN Money’s Millionare stories. Blah blah blah. Guy doesn’t go to college, now he and his wife are making $300,000 in real estate.

It would be nice to earn that kind of money… but I just couldn’t bring myself to be a real estate salesman, or any kind of salesman. No offense to anyone, but sales is based on deceit and manipulation, and in order to succeed at the top, one has to have those qualities in abundance.

Any other suggestions for careers are welcome. It would be nice to make a decent living in this world where everything keeps getting more expensive, and still be able to live a fulfilling life that allows me to keep learning, growing and experiencing all the things I like and keep me alive.

Updated March 5, 2014 and originally published December 9, 2004. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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avatar anon

I read these Millionare in the Makings and I think some are ridiculous. In this latest one, the people make a lot of money, but they don’t have a lot of savings. Sure, real estate equity is nice, but you always have to have somewhere to live. And what’s with the interest-only mortgage on a $575,000 house? Sounds like they have the potential to be millionairs, but only time will tell.

avatar Luke Landes

I’m sure that’s entirely true. But you’re probably not netting hundreds of thousands of dollars like those people in real estate in the article. Audio equipment is much more of a niche than residential real estate.

avatar Darren R. Sussman

I would disagree that sales is based entirely on deceit and manipulation, but I do agree that to be really good at it, deceit and manipulation are required. But you can be successful (depending on your definition of success) by selling people things that they want and not forcing products down their throats. I’d like to believe that when I sell my customers something, it’s something that they actually want and need.

avatar Darren R. Sussman

Right. And there are people in this industry who are making good money and who ARE the kind of people who are deceptive and manipulative in order to make a sale. Some of them are doing quite well, and others are not. I’m glad to count myself among those who are doing okay without having to lie to people. But your point is well taken that in many (most) sales industries, the ones who can lie and manipulate the best are generally the ones who make the most money.