Younger guys should read this carefully, the older guys should add to it.
If you have 2 or more regular responsibilities, you need to have your whole day planned by 10A.M.
This is something I learned during my first year of college. I was trying to Complete programs like the Russian squat routine, working 40 hours over 6 or 7 days at a decently physical job, and a full time college student. I wasted far to much time trying to figure out what I needed to get done, during the time I was supposed to be getting said stuff done.
When you realize this is happening most people end up procrastinating because they get discouraged. As a result of this my grades suffered. Now I have every days detailed planned the night before, or early in the morning. I have a rough outline of the next few days sketched out in my head all the time.
Work isnt inheritly hard, Any work is hard if you put forth your best effort for an extended period of time
When I first started in my current job, I thought that because it was more physical, and more demanding that I was working hard. I was wrong. I thought that because I occassionally skipped a break or stayed 10 minutes late that I was a good worker, I was again, wrong.
I got extremely pissed off and frustrated when my store director told me I had to pick up my pace, I was working faster than the other guy isn’t that good enough? He told me if I didnt I would be back to bagging groceries. To hell with that. Even though I was extremely pissed off I literally ran everywhere, and worked so fast I thought my shoulders were going to explode from the constant movement. That same day my department manager made a comment about how I sounded snippy when I replied to him. I wasnt being snippy I was winded, and that changed the tone of my voice.
After a few days of pissing and moaning about it to myself, I kept up that fast pace at work, remained extremely polite and respectful. Those two managers who I thought I was going to hate forever and now two of my most inspirational figures. They helped me directly and in ways that I don’t even think they realized.
I learned: trying isn’t good enough. You need to try your hardest at everything, all day, every day.
Be highly adaptive
Now I still work for the same company, but in another city. I now have worked in 6 of the 7 components of a store. Without really any formal training. Sometimes I feel like it’s because I suck and no one department wants to keep me around. But I know that even without the formal training, putting forth your best effort is noticable, and if I am still getting schedueled without training for months after I must have done something right. I regularilly work 3 or 4 different “jobs” in a week.
I fought this as hard as I could. I did not want to learn anything new. I wanted to stay in my current position because I had such a tie to the department (see lesson 2), and I was afraid I would be permenantly moved. However financial reasons forced me into it. I dont regret it at all. I learned a lot about networking, improved my ability to pick up information on the fly. I am a better person for this.
Be less of a little bitch than you were yesterday.
I dont know if I heard this phrase somewhere, or if I formulated it in my brain. However I think about this constantly. If you are always analyzing how you were a little bitch yesterday, and never repeat those actions you’ll be a better person for it. Over time you stop pussing out of big things, but you still need to not be a bitch about the little things. Did you not sleep well last night? When I’m tired I have a hard time looking people in the eyes. I’m pretty good about doing it now. It seems small, but one good impression can take you far.
TLDR: Suck it the fuck up buttercup
If you are not self denying for your own greater purpose, you are not a man.
When I realized I wasnt going to have any real discretionary money for the next 5+ years I didnt freak out. Why? Because I have priotities. I want to finish school, and possibly go for my masters if I can get into UChicago. I Spend my money on literally 4 things: Gas, food, cigarettes, School. I dont need a lot, I’m busy and constant achievement keeps me amused. Unlock achievements in real live, not on your Xbox
I’ll probably add to and edit my errors later. I’ve been meaning to write down my thoughts lately, and I figured others would appreciate reading.