Lately I’ve been realizing that something is not right here…and there is got to be a change…
In the past, I use to fix computers for friends…for FREE…but then doing things like this can take up a lot of your time. Backup + reinstall Windows + installing software + system update can take more than 6 hours (if you are lucky), let alone downloading drivers using dial up and the time it took to transfer people’s personal data. Helping your friends is good…but who is going to help you when you need help? By the end of 2008, I will be graduating from the Uni…my goal next year is to earn enough money so that I can afford to buy a few things and probably a trip back to China to see my grand-parents (they are not very well at the moment) at the end of 2008. In order to do that, I have three choices:
- Ask my parents for the money (not a good option, plus you can’t depend on your parents all your life)
- Work part time in the coffee shops / New World / Countdown and carry on fixing computers for my friends for free (this is not a joke…).
- Carrying on doing what I did in Oamaru: offer computer training / services to people and charge them for the time that I’ve spent on the job.
It’s very easy to say: hey David, we are your friends…why do you charge me? Well, if you think about the situation from my point of view…I really got no choice. In the real world, money really matters. What do you think will happen if I go to the air line companies and said: hey, I fix my friend’s computers for free; can I get a FREE ticket back to China? They will probably think you are crazy!
Money is not everything, but everything needs money!
Well, I’ve fix so many people’s computer for FREE, so what if I ask people to give me some money to help me to get my ticket? Do you think my friends will really help you?
I know it’s hard…but I really need to draw a line from now on. In order for me to help you for FREE, you really need to help me in return. There is a song that goes like this:
first you save yourself, then you save the world, but first you save yourself
Save Yourself – by Greg Johnson
I am sick and tired of helping others while I can’t even help myself. Unless you are someone that helps me all the time (E.g. my friend Ake, who takes me for a ride to places all the time), I can’t really help you for free unless you can help me. So don’t be surprised / offended the next time you ask me for help and I tell you the price…I really got no choice. Remember, Money is not everything, but everything needs money!