There comes a time when you start looking at picking up extra jobs to improve your financial situation.
For example, Megan Fox used to dress up as a banana. Whoopi Goldberg did time as a phone sex operator before her career took off. Brad Pitt donned a chauffeur’s cap to be a limo driver for strippers.
It’s called a side hustle, and lots of people do it. When I opened my practice I had a side hustle working nights as a word processor at Morgan Stanley in midtown Manhattan. It helped me pay the bills as I started building up a client base, and offered a free ride home in a black Lincoln Towncar each night.
These days there are lots of ways to make extra cash on the side. But none are as strange as what UFC star, Ronda Rousey did for money in middle school.
She beat the hell out of random guys in Los Angeles for Frappuccino money.
According to an interview with Sports Illustrated:
“Me and my friend Jackie, after school, we would walk over to the Promenade, and Jackie was like my Paul Heyman. She would be like, ‘I bet my girl right here could beat you up for $10.’ And then some guy would be like, ‘Ehhh, whatever. I’ll take that bet,'” she told the magazine.
“I would throw him to the ground, either give him a choke or an arm bar. We would get him to say he gave up, then take his money and go buy Frappuccinos.”
This is three years before Rousey qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and won a gold medal at the World Junior Judo Championships in Budapest.
Here’s the Rousey interview (warning – explicit language):
Necessity is the mother of invention. But if Ronda Rousey offers to fight you, walk the other way.
Starbucks image courtesy of Basheer Tome/Flickr (modified)