I'm studying computer programming. I hit absolute rock bottom over the past few years (couldn't get laid, false rape accusation after my first time kissing a girl in months (and that's all we did) lost all my friends at college because of that, contemplated suicide, etc.)
So I dove into just working to focus on something other than the pain. I had a tough as balls interview with the CEO of a small company. Held my frame, didn't get flustered, used silence to my advantage. It went well and he wanted me on board, so we began discussing pay.
I asked for $40 an hour when realistically I would've accepted 20. He said he couldn't do that, I asked for 30. Deal.
I don't know what I'm worth in the sexual marketplace but I know what I'm worth in this field. And I was willing to push the envelope to get what I wanted.
Thanks. Everything else has gone wrong but at least I have this.