Remember a time when bitcoin was worth a few dollars, and you could profitably mine with a GPU? How about when litecoin was worth fractions of a penny, and could've been mined on a CPU? Did you save either coin when they weren't worth the paper you printed your private keys on until their value exploded? No? Did you instead spend them on something little, thinking this was all they were worth? Then we might have something in common.
I entered the bitcoin world when a service I used started asking for bitcoin donations. I saw this strange string of characters, started reading what I could (or even understand!), and thought, "Wow, this crazy bitcoin thing is f**king amazing!" Some of my friends could understand it before it became what it is today, how great it was going to be, others thought it was dumb. But I did what I could to get them, even saving all my coke cap codes to sell, and I ended up with a little over 1 BTC. I held onto it for a long time. Watched its value stay at a dollar for a while, until it went up to around twenty... then I sold it. For something silly. And to think, of I held onto it for just another year, I could've had over a thousand dollars.
I feel the exact same way I did with bitcoin that I do with Ethereum. Actually, I feel more passionate. Basically, if bitcoin was the first black and white TV, Ethereum is going to be the first Atari 2600. I've learned from my mistakes and wasted opportunity with bitcoin, and don't want to make the same mistake twice. As we know, we will soon be entering the Frontier. And, as we know, Ethereum is more than a currency. Is it really wise to sit on and hoard a currency that was designed for more than just trading? Maybe not. But I'm not sure. So, what do my fellow Etherheads think would be a good way to make some money when the time comes? The way I see it, there are two ways: Mining ether itself, or writing contracts for other people. But is there more? A plan that's a little less vague than what I've presented? Let me know what you think we can do to flourish in the frontier!