Chapter 224 To Be Happy no Matter what Happens, you have to get your finances in order through MICs (Multiple Income Centers) Church Rummage Sales are an Excellent Place to profit from nearly free merchandise. Also, look to Craiglist to list for free. Then there is no overhead costs for you. And here are more ideas I implement for multiple income generation.



Let me share a tip.  Go to church rummage sales in wealthy suburbs.  You can find these ads in your local newspaper or online.  Wait until Sunday afternoon (Saturday afternoon if they are Synagogues).  At around 3 pm, they always, and I mean always, announce a “bag” sale to rid themselves of all the merchandise.  I would pay $5.00 for a giant garbage bag, and fill it with anything I think I could resell on Craigslist.   You will be shocked at what people donate at these large church sales.  Pick items that people readily need.  Avoid clothing and antiques.  Buy things like air conditioners, appliances like box refrigerators, bicycles and bicycle locks, baby cribs.  Those are easier to sell.


On one particular sale, I put in a 100 dollar breadmaker, a four slot toaster, and keyboard, many children’s toys, so many CDs and Books, Coffee Makers, Alarm clocks, U-locks for bicycles, steering wheel locks, all into a $5.00 bag.  That is a massive profit that I can resell on Craigslist or eBay. 


Once, for a short time, I started a side business called “Vehicle Replacements” and contacted insurance companies.  If there a car was totaled, an insurance company would call me, and I would call a few dealerships, ask for a salesman who was more than glad to give me an estimation, and then I would do a quick scan on the Internet, and then tell the Insurance companies what the replacement value would be.  You do not need a license for these types of side businesses, which makes multiple profit centers possible.  And you can work from home, never fighting the dreaded afternoon rush hours.


Keep your eyes open.  Talk to your friends.  Once, a Russian friend I had named Sergey and another friend from the Navy bought a lot of cigarettes in the duty free shop.  They paid like three dollars for a pack of cigarettes, and as of today’s prices in Chicago, I could resell then for six dollars, far less than buying them at the store.  They would call me when they bought cartons of cigarettes, and I would sell them on Craigslist. 


For a short time, I advertised and was a “chauffeur” of sorts.  I had a few clients that called only me, I would drive home from work or to work.  I would charge them less than a taxicab fare, and that would be an asset to them as well as provide business for myself. 


Another time, I took up a short hobby of making tiny airplanes out of Popsicle sticks and would paint them with watercolors and resell them.  For a short while, someone from a college paid me to write papers for them.  Since I love writing (you can obviously tell), I would read the book quickly and finish their homework for them.  This was actually a nice profit center because when people are pushed to a deadline at school, they’ll do anything and pay anything to turn in their assignment on time.


Yet, another instance, I contacted various Chinese restaurants and offered my services free of charge for delivery.  I would add $3.00 as a delivery charge and keep all the tips.  It cost the restaurant nothing and would serve as a profit center for me.  I didn’t have to be physically at the restaurant.  I just would contact those which were close by, and if they called me, I would go there quickly.


In my home, we have a guest bedroom and many times we rented it out to a safe and quiet renter.  Be sure you get references and do a background check and credit check.  If their credit check shows multiple late payments, you can be sure you are allowing a headache into your house because they will be late paying their rents as well. I found the best “renters” are University Grad Students because they are always in their labs, and scarcely bring home guests.  And are quiet because they are studying.  You can have a policy on guests and pets of course.  Consider not sharing the common living areas and the kitchen.  That is a secret that will make renting easier.  You can let the renter bring in a small fridge and microwave.


The sources are endless, and you can do free advertising for your services, either on the Internet, on word of mouth, or drop business cards in neighborhood mailboxes.  Except for the Magic shows and teaching, ANYONE can do any of the above examples for multiple income generation that I personally have done.




About youngkim3000

I grew up in Virginia and went to a top tier high school, being so ambitious and wanting fame and fortune like the next kid. I received good grades and then I went off to the University of Chicago where I majored in Psychology and Economics. After a brief but successful "Wall Street" career, I realized that I was not happy and left thinking that a career in the medical field would satisfy me. Then, I did some post Bac work at Northwestern and UIC, and then ended up at UIC Medical School. The problem was I was not happy there either. The structure, the repetition, and lack of being able to be free and spontaneously creative really knocked me down. Having to be subject to constant subjective evaluations sucked my soul dry. As I sought another chapter in my life, then came the financial collapse of 2008-9 which destroyed the "nest egg" and saving that I had worked so hard to build after college--which I so "identified with". I was so depressed at the loss of career and the loss of money that I fell into self pity and a deep seated depression. For weeks on end, I could not even get out of bed. I went to many doctors who could not really help me. I took so much anti-depressant medication and also self medicated with alcohol to dull my mind. One day though, I went to the public library in Niles, IL, and picked up some books on "Self-Help". I figured what do I have to lose? I was already so depressed I could barely get through a day. I picked up books by Wayne Dyer (Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life), Deepak Chopra, Louis Hay, Ram Dass, Osho, and Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth), The Dalai Lama, and revisited my faith in Catholicism. I devoured so many books to unearth just why I was suffering so much. I learned so much about myself and realized that my deep suffering was actually a gift for me to discover myself. Simply put, those words in those books saved my life. I was taking so many drugs and my physical health was in serious jeopardy. I realized that I could not live with myself any longer, and I needed to be free. I realized...that it was my own thoughts that were making me so depressed, as was my own "life story" that I replayed over and over. I realized that my mind was busy creating negative thoughts. Thoughts are "things" and expand. I understood that you do not "normally" choose your thoughts. Just like the digestion of a meal, the mind automatically creates all kinds of thoughts whether you like it or not. Just like you do not "choose" to breathe with your lungs or "choose" to make urine from your kidneys, you "normally" do not "choose" your own thoughts. They just happen, just like digestion. And if you had a bad experience, your mind recreates the negative thoughts without your conscious consent but you are forced to relive them endless times per day. It is only through CONSCIOUS INTERVENTION that you can make your mind change course from recycling negative thoughts. This is just like your breathing. You breathe automatically, but you CAN choose to influence your breathing, you can hold your breath if you are going to dive deep in the water, or you can consciously "slow down" your breath if you are relaxing in meditation and prayer. Once I realized I did in fact have an ability to control my thoughts, I consciously redirected the thoughts to positive uplifting notions. I noted that I had built such a large ego that the collapse of it dragged me down in catastrophic fashion. A big ego is different from self esteem. Both were destroyed, but I learned to regain self esteem through positive affirmations and knowing that the negative thoughts are not reality. I was choosing definitively to live in the past via my repetitive thoughts. I was also choosing to live in an uncertain future that I painted with dreadful possibilities. I realized that if I live in the "now", the present moment, I really did not have any reason to be depressed at all. I discovered I really only live in the "now". The past and future are fictions. It is akin to a motorboat on the water on a lake. The "wake" that the boat produces is the past, my vision of the future is what I can see in front of me, but I really only exist ON the boat in the present moment. I was living my life only on the "wake" created many meters before. Soon, my self-pity slowly subsided as I learned to accept "what is" and not grasp for anything and everything that is valued by Society. I concurred that it was my own "expectations" not realized that were causing such waves of discontent. Once I dropped my self imposed sad "life story", my yesterdays, I came to my senses that there was no need to feel upset at all. That realization hit me like "a ton of bricks" and quickly lifted me out of the well, like a rope thrown down the dark walls of the deep well. I would like to share that it was only that single moment of enlightenment, a "satori" event that forever changed my life, but that was not so. It was a gradual climb out of the abyss (over about a year). I realized that my mind was like a superhighway of blazing thoughts that went through my mind over and over based on the recent past. While my "life story" was going great, I believed in those thoughts, and my ego grew such that I became arrogant and sometimes unkind. Then when my "life story" changed for the worse, I similarly believed in those new negative thoughts with the same passion (which hurt me so deeply throughout my waking hours). I noted to myself that this was why I craved so many "tranquilizers" and medicines that would halt my thoughts. I realized that I was drowning in my negative thoughts and that I was CHOOSING to believe in them. But I learned through focusing on positive affirmations, meditation and prayer, I did not need any more drugs to "halt" my mind from stabbing me to death. Through the filter of society's measure I had evaluated my own life, unable to fully realize that it was all a fiction that my mind had created. I was completely unable to live in the present before this profound awakening. My life had turned into a constant "replay" of the past, the anxiety of the uncertain future...and my destroyed ego. Because of my belief that my thoughts were the ultimate truth, I suffered so deeply... but needlessly. Once I changed the direction of my thoughts, everything changed. The way I looked at my own life changed. I realized that LIFE is not a long emergency where the one with the most toys at the end wins. I realized LIFE is something to be lived fully, and joyfully...not some series of problems to be solved. Once I realized these insights, I realized that I was the creation of my own depression. Although a devout Catholic, I am also deeply moved by the ideals of Buddhism. About Karma and "Dependent Arising"...both of which are also in the Bible (Galations 6, Do not be deceived, God will not be mocked, a person always reaps what they sow). And I was...for the better part of my life, a runaway train into disaster that I was blind to...that I had planted the seeds onto. Putting money, fame, accolades, trophies, and so forth as the ultimate end to my goals sowed the seeds of psychological calamity when the inevitable tides of change occurs in every life. A person who extols those superficial qualities dooms himself/herself to disaster. The only variable is "time". Would it take a long time to find yourself in a train wreck or a short time? It doesn't matter. What matters is how soon can you realize the truth of existence and your place in it...and rise above what Society tries to focus you to believe. Society always makes you compare yourself to others, Society never leaves you alone to just be yourself. You have to exert effort and unlearn what Society has poisoned you with. I am now doing various "work" (not holding down any soul sucking corporate job), teaching, making money through various income sources like buying items at rummage sales and reselling them through Craigslist, asking neighbors and doing work they need, trading stock options when my financial tools indicate that there is a good trade. I am not focused on any "ladder to climb" or any "prestigious career"...and I am so much happier and at peace. I'd rather be "waterboarded" that go back to Corporate America. I have also a solid equanimity, and i am OK with whatever happens, and thus accept what God and the Universe wish for me. I wish to share my newly found wisdom and hope that my story and my interpretation of my newly found contentment can benefit others and I also wish to hear similar stories of awakening. God Bless, thanks for reading my "profile" and leave me your stories of awakening. Outside somewhere is a field where all of us are the same, I cannot wait to see you there...Namaste...
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