Fill in the blank. There are a million things that can be wasted: food, time, money, etc.. The list goes on and on. I’ve been reflecting on that more and more recently. Mostly because I’ve been delving into the world of making money online: website testing, surveys, and crowd-sourcing. The latter is particularly fascinating as it is the equivalent of working for a multinational billion-dollar corporation in a third world country. For three cents; a Fortune 500 company can receive valuable feedback on whether their product will sell, a record label can determine whether they have a hit or not, and a YouTube Channel can gain more views.
I first heard of the term crowdsourcing when watching the second season of the Netflix series The OA ( recently canceled) (people are protesting). If you haven’t watched the show, and you’re into alternate dimensions I would recommend it. It walks a thin line of thriller, science fantasy, and Hallmark. The second season starts with a distraught grandmother looking for a missing girl. The girl, a hacking prodigy, reached the highest level of the crowdsourcing app owned by an evil billionaire. The app attracts teen hackers, that spend days weeks and months solving puzzles and passing levels just to maybe win $50,000 someday. On the flip side, a billion-dollar tech company receives essentially free labor.
I, like most of us, generally need money right away to pay bills, transportation, etc.. So generally, I have made decisions in the short term. I have taken on extended phone contracts, while others have taken on extended car payments. I believe even saving for retirement is thinking in the short-term. Yes, 40 hours can net me anywhere between 500 – 800 a week which would add up to about 26,000 – 41,600 a year. Assuming I work every day for the rest of the year, and spend 2,080 hours doing something I can careless about was it worth it? Or how about investing 140,000 for a 4-year college education, to spend the next 20 plus years paying it back? In my voyage to financial freedom, I have been considering what is actually worth my time and effort?