Today Grimmash published his 30 day PI challenge results. You can read about his results here. I am also going to borrow his table showing his results. I know he won't mind.
Still, I would not go so far as to call it true either. Kao Jai has made it plain to me that he cannot make half a billion ISK a month with high-sec PI. He can make more than twice what Grimmash did, but that is not what I'd said. Since I can't really say 500 mISK a month is plausible, I'll cop to...
follow-up detailing Kao Jai's efforts, I admitted to being overly optimistic. Still, neither Kao nor Grimmash lost ISK. They both made ISK with not a lot of effort, though perhaps not a lot of fun either. I think that is the real takeaway here. There really is no need to be a poor noob.
But Grimmash goes on in the second half of his blog to discuss a few other ways new bros can make ISK with the same or less training time than PI requires. Grimmash concludes noobs must have an "active" play style to get the most from this Internet spaceship game. That is how it's meant to be played. This makes me wonder if his PI effort wasn't somehow tainted by this bias, but that's okay. Kao Jai is much less conflict oriented than most people. I know he has no such bias and he couldn't do it either.
But back to Grimmash's ideal of the "active" play style being the one you must adopt to get the most fun from Eve Online. Codswallop! No, you don't. If you are of a mind set like Kao Jai that blowing up things is not as enjoyable as making something, your options for making ISK become somewhat limited, but it is still doable. You have PI and you have manufacturing. Of the two, PI takes less time daily and less overall game knowledge IMO. It's easier to break into than manufacturing. That's why I recommend it to new bros who aren't conflict oriented.
And like Kao Jai, you don't have to give up your Internet spaceship game because people tell you it is for "active" play styles. You have as much right to play this game as anyone else. Just be aware you will be shot at and victimized. You will be a minority with all that status entails. They will call you carebear - and you will sometimes pay a price for their ideals.