I had exactly three retail jobs when I was getting my degree at St. Edward’s University. Because of that I do endorse the common wisdom that everyone should pull a stint in retail or the service industry. This holds true in my experience because I took exactly two positive things from my time shilling under florescent lights. The first is knowing that I want to make my money based on what I accomplish and the knowledge that I have; trading hours for dollars isn’t for me. Learning that I had the power to choose to make money with my identity was a cool thing to learn. This paid off in the work I oriented myself towards. See, Changing Minds to Change the World.
The other thing that I took away from retail was an extensive working knowledge of premium tobacco: that is, I am a walking Cigar Encyclopedia.
Yes, while my friends were waiting tables, I was becoming a college-aged cigar aficionado.
While I love knowing my way around a Cigar humidor, I wasn’t optimistic about turning this experience into cash. That may start happening soon. Jei Gaither, one of the Tech Ranchers and founder of App Ranch, pitched his
newest iPhone app ideas: a cigar and spirit pairing app, with user-submitted pairings. He’s got the development underway and I’m creating the initial pairings.
I’ll let you know when we get a Beta out. Then you can read my poetic descriptions of my favorite cigars. Expect
such literary gems as: I was pleased with the cigar’s dynamic nutty brown texture reminiscent of Nicaraguan soil that finishes clean as spring dew.
I hope that helps.