Where did I go wrong 😞🤨? Got a Masters in Bio engineering with thesis and working 10 hours a day making 150k. Saw several interviews of influencers making 20-25K for posting a picture... feeling lost

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Bro, I got a CE degree and I’m making like 50k, where did I go wrong

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You might be making more of an influence on the world than an influencer.

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Do not undermine their hard work. It takes discipline to build a following, you need to post regularly and have quality content every time. I tried it out and learned that building a following initially (under 10k followers) is extremely tough!
Next you have to be current and relevant, not offend your audience and scale (pics to videos on tiktok) whole maintaining quality.
Eventually you will need a team (cameraman, editors, writers) and will need to pay them.
This is no joke, and I hate when people compare an influencers struggle to them getting a degree and job which was the safe and conservative option
These guys took a bigger risk and had different struggles and have rewards (which are not guaranteed to be long term or continuous lik Ed your salary+benefits)

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I don’t get it. Quantum physics is probably easy to quantum physicists, just like how PowerPoint is easy to us losers.

Influencers spent a lot of hours figuring shit out, hours that few of us want to put in, that’s why they make what they make.

I really don’t think it’s all as cut and dry as “post one pic, make $25k”, unless you’re Zendaya or someone at the 0.01% top tier of name recognition. You’ll need so many people and ads to help boost and maintain your image.

You could go the Graham Stephen or Ex-Google TechLead route and go for niche, well-researched or minimalistic, brutalist content, but really, that’s not what you’re talking about here

I hear what you saying but I’m just talking about the money part. Can’t say my work is necessarly having more impact.. it’s not like I’m saving a life making by making status decks or implementing automation 😔

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I don’t know but seems long enough to accumulate initial wealth at least 10 years of my career like 1M.

You may have gone wrong when you got an advanced degree in one area...and then went into a completely different line of work?

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Every career has compromises. If comp was your top priority you should have gone into banking. That said, staying in consulting you can easily make mid 6 figures in the long term; just a question of whether it’s worth it to you or not. Making more money (over time) is not the most difficult thing; accepting compromises in your work life, type of work, etc. is the bigger challenge.

Married to an Instagram influencer. At 10k is where you start taking off. Also there's quite a few people that buys their followers which is something Instagram is trying to fix. I get invited to all the hottest clubs in LA and eat at all the new restaurants. My wife is at Deloitte and I have asked her if she wants to push the Instagram route but she prefers to use her brains. It's actually easier for people that are 1) rich parents so no responsibility and fall back insurance exists 2) be really good looking 3) have famous families , think Kardashians. Normal people like my wife has to work quite hard to get a following and take a lot of time to interact with their followers to raise the numbers. I'm also an Instagram husband so I work for those benefits too haha

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Try showing more skin on Insta and report back

Why aren’t you using Crispr Cas 7 to make your fortune. Go make glow in the dark cats or something. There are so many exciting things going on in Bio Engineering. It would have been my number 2 choice.

You were lied to. They told you if you went to college you’d make vast fortunes. In reality it opens more doors, but there are no guarantees. It’s the most basic foundation of a career. I’ve personally done really well knowing how to negotiate. You need leverage to negotiate. The leverage is never your degree. It’s your experience in something that’s highly marketable.

It’s not you it’s your dna. You're not a hot 👧

How do you know? 😊

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