How I Went From Being a Lifer at McDonald’s to Making 6 Figures at an Investment Firm, Overnight
I started at McDonald’s when I was 17 years old in the hopes of saving up and buying a car. Sadly, this was just about my only significant financial goal for the next 10 years of my life. I did what most young men seem to do today, live life by the minute. I watched tons of shows and put thousands of hours into video games. I worked as little as possible. In my entire 10 years at this company, I had a surprising amount of opportunity for advancement. I met my best friend here, we started the same week and forged our friendship on the heat of the grease traps, side by side. The difference was, he actually had a little bit of ambition.
Within a year, he was technically my boss as a crew chief. Not much responsibility, not much of a pay raise either, but he proved himself. Within another year he was a shift manager. I was making $7.35 because minimum wage had just gone up. After 2 years, I was still only making minimum wage. He got a $2 an hour raise and was up to $9.50 or so. No big deal I told myself, it’s not worth the hassle and who wants to work 40 hours a week at a bullshit job anyway?
This would continue to be a pattern. Every year or other year he would get some sort of promotion, and I would stay exactly where I was. He was an assistant manager making $36k annually, then a store manager making $50k after bonuses. He had finally made it I thought. He’d come in and everyone would try to look busy, and I’d just watch him walk back to the office while scraping the grease off the grill for the millionth time. I still continued to delude myself into thinking I was happy as I raced home as soon as possible after a 3 hour shift so I could get back to doing pretend work in my virtual escape.