Comment: Derrell

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Derrell

I've been thinking about what you said in your comment below.

You're multi talented, and mobile, which gives you lots of opportunity. In looking to promote liberty, I would suggest doing things that only you can do. You'll have a PhD, you like to fix things - these are assets that you are blessed with that can be of use in certain fields.

As others have pointed out, marijuana is a growth industry, we're in the early stages and most certainly chemists are needed.

I understand the need for income, and not wanting to be doing what you're currently doing (sometimes I don't want to be running the DP), but a property claims inspector wouldn't be putting your talents to the best use. That is great as a short term bridge, but long term you want to live up to your full potential.

Think back to why you got interested in chemistry in the first place. Try to go back to that passion and excitement, and how it can be used - not in the traditional path of academia, but to take it and make it your own. In order to do this, you need to continue to free your mind.

I would encourage you to get out of the "employee" mentality. I always recommend the book Rich Dad Poor Dad because there are ideas in it that can change your life. The subtitle says it all:

What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

Somewhere along the way, Dr. Paul said something like "Financial freedom is freedom." You can see that both Ron & Rand took this route. They established their careers, achieved financial stability, and then started in with the hardcore activism.

My philosophy is that the best place to start working for liberty is to begin with yourself. You can't change other people, but you can change yourself.

There are multiple components to this, beginning with mental freedom. This means breaking out of the unconscious, preconditioned mindsets that we've been programmed with since birth. Clearly you've begun that journey, but freeing the mind is a never ending journey. There are so many layers upon layers of preconditioned thought.

"Know anyone who's hiring?" is an innocent manifestation of that mentality.

The Rich Dad book is a good start to getting out of the employee mentality. Free yourself in time, and you gain orders of magnitude more freedom for yourself than those punching a clock. And the more freedom that you have in that respect, the more you can contribute to the larger goal of Liberty itself.

That is the best, most important advice I can give. I hope that helps, and I hope I don't come across as arrogant or didactic.

Good luck! From my perspective, your future looks bright.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
- Alan Watts