Similar to those who rely solely on one income stream – those working dead-end jobs are those that are in need of change the most.
If you're working a minimum-wage job and can barely make ends meet – without some drastic changes you’ll end up going in the only direction possible – down. Those that have good positions and earning decent salaries but have no future prospects within their companies or plans to venture out on their own will reach a point where they’ve maximized their earning potential. This means that apart from the yearly increase that can help curb inflation you’ll never earn enough to get you from average to wealthy or from comfortable to financially free. There is nothing as bad as taking a look at your current position and realizing that this is it.
If this is you're reality than you need to look for another job that can offer you a better position, more money and better hours and if you're working a minimum wage job you need to focus on getting a job that will offer money based on performance rather than hours. If nothing else you're job should offer you unique experience that will help you achieve your future goals and land the job and income level that your want.
If its education that’s standing in your way than this should be your number one priority however, it’s critical to constantly be out there learning new things and educating yourself, no matter at which stage of your career and life you're at.