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Posted March 21st, 2012 - 1:34 am by from Abilene, United States (Permalink)
This is liable to be a bit different than the average job wanted posting here, but my circumstances and skills are a bit unusual. Thanks in advance for reading.

I am not searching for a specific job, rather, I am seeking a patron or patroness to help support the furtherance of my education and experience. My expectations of my chances of success in this search are realistically low, but they must be higher than if I never search at all.

I am an intelligent, inquisitive and ambitious 25 year old male. Recently, I have been diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder. Unlike in the popular media portrayals, it is actually a very subtle, discreet disorder. I have only just discovered it myself.

I am logical and methodical, yet creative and abstract. I am friendly and personable and have a good sense of humor. I am thoughful and considerate. I was raised to be a proper southern gentleman, and I'm an excellent houseguest. I pride myself on open-mindedness, integrity and chivalry.

I am highly intelligent, and I have an insatiable appetite for knowledge. I devour information. My greatest idols in life have been the great polymaths, the Renaissance men of history, those who chose not to limit themselves to one endeavor, but who instead excelled at many. My heroes are Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Frederick Hayak, Alexis de Tocqueville, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Aristotle, Archimedes, Newton, Ernest Hemingway, and many other men and women who spent their greatest resource, the
Mind, in the quest to obtain and share knowledge across disciplines, for society's shared benefit.

My interests are similarly varied. I'm interested in music, literature, art, philosophy, economics, finance, architecture, physics, mathematics. I want to build, design, invent, solve and express. I am a very fast learner, and I believe I have tremendous untapped potential.

Unfortunately, in our modern society we are pushed to select a single career, to limit ourselves to the pursuit of only one endeavor, for which we spend most of our lives training, studying and obtaining credentials. This singular focus is difficult enough today, considering the skyrocketing cost of education alone.

Why I am asking for help
Further complicating things for me is my recent diagnosis. I am in therapy, which will be a multiple-year process. I have had to put college on hold. I still have hospital debt from an emergency room visit several years ago and I am currently between jobs.

I am admittedly not without blame in my own demise. Sadly, my decision-making skills were sub-par in my youth. While I certainly had the ability to succeed in school, I lacked focus and motivation and spent more time goofing off than doing homework. As a result, my grades were never what they should have been.

What I am looking for is a hand-up,
not a handout or charity. If that were my desire I would simply apply for disability and other entitlement programs and live off the government dole. I am fiercely independent and cling stubbornly to the ideal of self-reliance. I want to provide for myself, unfortunately at the moment I am facing more obstacles than I can handle on my own.

Ultimately, I'm looking for a little bit of help, support, patronage or whatever you want to call it. This could potentially take a number of forms, and it would not be a one-sided agreement. Terms of both are negotiable. For instance, I would potentially be interested in apprenticing or learning some sort of skill, trade or knowledge. I am inobtrusive and my needs are fairly minimal, so if some sort of living arrangements were to be made, I'm easy to live and put up with. Additionally, if I were provided a space to live in I would help with chores, shopping, or provide any other reasonable form of assistance. I am fairly handy, I pick up new things easily, and I'm always happy to pitch in. I also spent several years as a barista, and I make damn fine coffee, another small service I would gladly render.

I don't have much else to offer at the moment, other than future potential, however I might also consider negotiating for a percentage of future earnings in repayment as well.

I am currently located in west Texas, though I have few strings to tie me down, so relocation is an option.

If there is any legitimate interest, please email me. Questions are welcomed. I would like to open dialogues and establish some form of relationship prior to any sort of arrangement. I don't expect much, but I appreciate anyone who has actually read (or even skimmed) my entire screed.

Posted March 21st, 2012 - 4:05 pm by from Jakarta, Indonesia (Permalink)
Hey Jonathan,

What about Asia, there are so many opportunities here!
Good luck then:)


Posted March 21st, 2012 - 6:06 pm by from Abilene, United States (Permalink)
I need to get a passport soon. It's been on the to do list for a while.

There are many places to which I'd be willing to go for a decent opportunity. I want to do something different and see something new. There are places on each of the continents (minus Antartica of course) that I would love to explore.

I bet you can get some damn good coffee right from the source in Jakarta btw.

Posted March 22nd, 2012 - 6:30 am by from Jakarta, Indonesia (Permalink)
Get the passport soon and explore the world:)
I suggest Asia will be a good destination to travel

That's true, we have some varieties of coffee popular among the coffee's lover. Those come from city around Indonesia, Jakarta is capital city.


Posted July 5th, 2012 - 4:27 pm by from Iligan, Philippines (Permalink)
ei man! how can i help? i'll try my very best man... i can really see tat yu re very passioate and eager to be on top... why not go to the philippines man?

Posted December 20th, 2012 - 6:31 pm by from Lucknow, India (Permalink)
Hope u have ur passport handy !
I have a work opening in my not-so-commercial coffee shop for a barista.
Its also an idea-tryout arena for me where I spew out my computer ideas in the form of physical computers of my own brand.

Expect a reply soon


Posted May 5th, 2013 - 10:15 pm by from Marburg, Germany (Permalink)
What a beautiful little letter that somehow touched me.
I normally don't wish for being rich as I am blessed with a lot of friends, a wonderful boyfriend, supporting parents and a kind of peaceful country to live in. However, money would make so many things easier. First of all, I could finally stop worrying about my future that does not seem too bright thanks to me being interested in art, theatre and people rather than money and economics. Plus, I'd be able to give money away if I had a lot of it. So, if we all lived in that little world inside my depressed brain, everything would be perfect and I'd pay you just for developing your thoughts and free your mind.
Sadly, we're out here. So, all I can do is to wish you good luck while 'pressing my thumbs' (German for fingers crossed).