I did get picked on in school. People used to call my gutti a apple and tennis ball and laugh at me. They called me paki as well and Binladen. I was the only gutti boy in the school.
Then this one guy betrayed me and bullied me and tried to rip my gutti off. Then we got into a fight. But i was the one who got blamed by the teacher even though he started it.
They followed all forms of lifestyle.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji did Farm-work and worked in a shop, Bhai Lehna Ji (prior to becoming the second Nanak) used to lead processions to Naina Devi but afterwards he started running schools essentially. Guru Hargobind Ji and Guru Gobind Singh Ji were kings alright but they gave generously. The Langar was always running, prizes for physical sports and even paids for weapons for their sikhs and so on.
So basically The Guru in his various forms lived the ideal path in each of the lifestyles adopted.