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  • #76
    Something strange has appeared on both of my forearms this past day; hundreds of tiny dots which don't itch or anything like that, they are just slightly raised and look weird. Any ideas what they could be? Niacinamide effect? I haven't experiences any flushing which I've read can be an effect of B3

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    Last edited by Nstocks; 08-21-2013, 07:38 AM.

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    • #77
      That looks like it could be some kind of allergic reaction if it appeared suddenly. Did you eat anything weird or brush against weird plants or anything like that?

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      • #78
        I would guess its a reaction to one of your supplements if you just started taking them.

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        • #79
          Thanks for your replies. I haven't change my diet, it's still very good (but need to eat more). They are still present today and maybe slightly more raised. Should I stop taking Niacinamide? I doubt the Vit A or E can cause that and I have read how B3 can cause a 'flushing' in the skin. (perhaps I'm reacting differently)

          Something interesting happened at work today. My manager asked to see me for a review, nothing special we have them every few months. During the review, my manager and I both have to write notes/comments about how I'm doing etc. and she wrote that I'm very good with customers, I pay attention to what's going on, that I more than capable of thinking for myself and always have a positive attitude. I openly thanked her for that and noted that I do enjoy my job in most respects and she went on to say that the managers of our department think that I should go on a graduate scheme. It's a scheme for graduates with a 2:1 or higher (I was 1% of a First degree) whereby we are trained over the course of 2 years to become managers with the potential to become a (super)store manager. (like the store I work at; 600 staff, 12K customers on Saturdays, 60,000 products in the store)

          Further, she said that I have a very good demeanour, I walk with good posture, my head straight up like I have a sense of presence to be their and that I'm ready for work. She contrasted my posture and behaviour with most other people who come in, head staring at the floor, miserable tone and attitude towards their job and customers. I know standing tall doesn't make you more important, but I think it's the single, most obvious sign of confidence and importance. (not in a arrogant or rude way)

          The scheme would mean that I start on a wage of 22K-28K and I would be required to travel around the country for training and very likely, I would have to move town. All of this is aided by the company and they even help to find a house in a suitable location and house!

          It all sounds great, and right now I'm thinking why not? There's nothing else going on in my life and holding out for a career in design means having no money, no sense of use in the world and I'm sat at home doing next to nothing for 5 days of the week. Which brings me onto the next points of why I don't want to go ahead with this. (commit)

          - I hate the idea of a 9-5 job "for the rest of my life". I hear that far too many times but the thing is, nobody said it has to be "for the rest of your life". I could do this for 5 years which will make me a store manager on 50K+/year at the age of 27.

          - Wages per hour. Something about punching in at whatever o'clock and punching back out equates to X amount of pay. It makes me think of domestication which is something I'm against. A salary obviously negates that problem, but only if the hours are flexible. (Our store manager can come in to work whenever he wants for as long as he wants. I see him a few times a month) Also dependency on someone else who can tell me I'm fired isn't a smart way to earn money. (though it's not likley that would happen without a huge error)

          - My 'dream career' is not in this business. I'd love to be self employed as a designer but that takes money to start out, plus recognition which isn't exactly easy these days. I don't want to 'sell out' at the age of 22 for a corporate life and job security is useless because no job is secure really. Income from multiple sources is the only security I feel ,so perhaps I could still be a designer, more as hobby but still enjoy working as a manager.

          I find myself actually looking forward to work these days too. I seem to get on very well with all of my managers (8) and other colleagues. I have a dozen customers that I like to speak to and have done for the past 5 years.

          Am I kidding myself to think that I will get this dream career in design anytime soon? I've designed some furniture but I have to pay someone to make the computer models look realistic, so that's just a circle of my lack of wages really, since I can't afford the software/training to do it myself. Are these managers kidding themselves with 'job security' and a 'title'? I imagine myself as something as a rebel to this corporate world, but honestly, I'm not and it's just a dream. I don't like the idea of working x hours for x pay just because it's good pay (which it is) and I think this is the biggest reason for not wanting to go ahead with it. I hear so many people justifying their boring jobs just because of good wages/perks and a months holiday. I'm not naive enough to think that we live in a perfect world but so many people wish they had taken more chances at my age. (although this prospect is a huge chance anyway - no car in a weeks time and potentially have to move in 1 year. Plus huge unemployment rates in a lot of industries and student debts)

          I will be given more information tomorrow and will meet with the store manager if I wish to pursue this. Then, every week I meet with him and I take on more responsibility and training. Once a job comes up, I would have to move.

          I'd appreciate any advice on this. I know ultimately is up to me, but perhaps to someone with more experience, it's easier to make decisions or votes towards what opportunity I have. I think that I would enjoy being a manager at times because of my personality and willingness to achieve great customer service, but at the end of the day, it's all for the company and customers, not for my own desired career. Again though, nobody said this is for the nest 40 years of my life.

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          • #80
            Fuck yes, take the job. You can always quit and be back where you started and the up side is pretty huge. Honestly if you were making use of your free time with a productive hobby like design or carpentry or art, whatever then i would say to maybe work on your dream but man, it sounds like you just sit around bored five days a week. Go do something new and see how you like it!

            As for the supps, it could be any three if your having a toxic or allergic reaction. I would stop them for a few days and see if it goes away and then reintroduce one at a time.

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            • #81
              Take the job dude! I think what's really holding you back is money. With some savings you'll have a lot more options.
              "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

              In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

              - Ray Peat

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              • #82
                Cheers, Zach. That's what my family told me to do. I think the dream career has to be so perfect that I'm waiting for that perfection before I want to sign it as my own and share it with the design world. I've been in contact with someone who offered to help me with the production images for the past 6 months but he has yet to provide me with anything. (The bill was 1,600 but he said he is willing to do a lot for free, since he too was a poor Architect student many years ago. I've almost given up hope that unless I pay up, he won't help me. That' fair enough but I think it's rude and unreliable to not at hint months ago that he hasn't got any free time and keep me waiting. I hope that doesn't sound ungrateful, but it's basically been false promises for the past half a year.)

                You're right though; what have I to loose? A year ago I would have been worried about no staying "primal", but heck, the stores sells a lot of prepared fruit that I can just buy for my lunch etc.! This could finally be my push to make a start in a career. It might help me with whatever I decide to do in the future, and I'll finally have money!

                I'll drop them all until next week, then start with Vit A and see how it goes. It's so weird to have a reaction, given that I've taken so many other things in the past. A HA! I took 4 paracetemol a few days ago - the first time in over 4 years. THAT could be it.

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                • #83
                  Originally posted by YogaBare View Post
                  Take the job dude! I think what's really holding you back is money. With some savings you'll have a lot more options.
                  Indeed I will! I'm not one for money or material possessions, but I think there a line between having money for things and having almost zero money that I'm confined to the same stuff every week. I'm excited to change again

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                  • #84
                    Sounds like you've already decided to take the job, which is good cuz that's what I'm going to recommend as well. I think you should definitely take the job. You can still do your design work on the side, and if your designs sell and that takes off, you could always quit your job. Lots of people have day jobs and pursue their dreams on the side. That's normal, and you should totally go for it! Congrats!

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                    • #85
                      Originally posted by diene View Post
                      Sounds like you've already decided to take the job, which is good cuz that's what I'm going to recommend as well. I think you should definitely take the job. You can still do your design work on the side, and if your designs sell and that takes off, you could always quit your job. Lots of people have day jobs and pursue their dreams on the side. That's normal, and you should totally go for it! Congrats!
                      That made my decision even easier! I guess I thought that those who work as managers, decided that this is their final job (because it's higher up) and that's it. When I think about it, I can actually recall a few higher-ranking colleagues who are doing other things too. I've also realised that I always considered myself an introvert, but the fact is, I really love (some) people! My perception of connecting with people, was in a social setting with alcohol, which is absolutely not true. I'm starting to feel normal Thanks all!

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                      • #86
                        A good life strategy is: "take every cent you can milk out of anyone willing to give it to you, work on your own money making ideas, and then hopefully hit a home run and do whatever you want with the rest of your life."

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                        • #87
                          Originally posted by Mr. Anthony View Post
                          A good life strategy is: "take every cent you can milk out of anyone willing to give it to you, work on your own money making ideas, and then hopefully hit a home run and do whatever you want with the rest of your life."

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                          That's a good strategy, though I'm a very hard worker, so no milking here, lol. I think for most people, that is retirement because their working days are 'over' and they live up til that time to life how they want. In my opinion, I think with the right opportunities and hard work, we can make the time for things we really want to do, whenever we want.

                          I'm so excited to get more information on this and start talking with other managers about it. I can't get over the kind words my manager said to me today and how she thinks I would be able to get on very well as a manager. For that, I cannot thank here (and you all for the encouragement) enough.

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                          • #88
                            Hey, I'm not saying not to work; I'm saying make yourself so valuable that people will pay a premium for your services. Maximize the cash they'll give you, work your own stuff on the side, get rich and live an awesome life.

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                            • #89
                              Indeed. I think one of the things I'll talk about with the store manager, is benefits and negotiations with hours etc. since it is requested I make myself available for 5 days a week and anywhere in the UK. I think the 22K - 28K bracket is there for a reason... No more will I have to work for 7.14 an hour, without any prospect of that going up if I stay in my current position.

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                              • #90
                                Unsolicited advice:

                                1) Create as much value for your company as possible, which creates leverage for you negotiations.
                                2) Don't be bound by what they tell you your options are. If there's more money to be had outside of their "suggested bracket", take it. If there's a job you want to do that doesn't exist, create it. If there are benefits you want to get, negotiate them. Make them think no one else can do what you do, and that you're a bargain at any price. Think like a pirate.
                                3) Use your new income to craft your way into making more money, whether that's shrewd investing, your own business project, whatever.

                                Haven't kept up with your journal--where in England are you? I've spent a decent amount of time in your country.

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