I think this post was meant for someone else? I didn't go broke because I was buying figures, my lad. I went broke because I was paying rent for an expensive apartment, paying repair bills for a car with 200,000 miles on the odometer, paying graduate school tuition, various other expenses, etc. I actually did drive Uber for a short period of time and it helped me pay the rent until I could afford to move, but you don't make money with Uber.
I'm in a much better position right now. I say I'm "barely scraping by," but that's with my base salary. I'm in a commission-based line of work and have at least one in the pipeline, more prospects on the horizon. I wouldn't have moved into another apartment if I didn't think I could pay for it.