My Boss Encouraged Over 40 Hour Work Weeks And I'm Not Mad

My Boss Encouraged My Company To Work Over 40 Hours Every Week And I’m Honestly Not Mad About It

Hustle now, luxury later.


I'm interning at a marketing company this summer. Basically, I'm doing sales. We let customers know about special promotions we've got going on and I literally save people hundreds—sometimes thousands—of dollars.

But that's not why you decided to read up: You're wondering where working over 40 hours a week comes in.

My boss explained to my company how not that long ago he, too, was a young 20-something graduate who just wanted to hang out with his friends and take fun trips to the beach or spend late nights partying. The catch? He worked instead of indulging in these desires, and his work weeks often added up to at least 60 hours. Now, he's 35 and making about $400,000 every year.

I can't really imagine what I would do with a $400,000 salary, but I can assure you that I wouldn't complain if I had one and I'm sure that most people are in the same boat. He told us that his secret was just to outwork his peers. While other 20-somethings were entertaining themselves with usually noble things like travel and hanging out with friends, my boss worked as a door-to-door salesman. Now, the tables seem to have turned: his friends are doing fine, but not much better than they were a decade ago. My boss? He's, well, a boss.

He explained all of this to us to encourage us to do the same and told us that it really wasn't that bad. He broke the week down into hours: if you sleep 8 hours a night (56 hours/week) and work 50 hours a week (a little over 8 hours a day if you work 6 days/week), you still have 62 hours per week to do whatever the heck you want.

Now, I understand that this will probably make a lot of people upset. Why would you throw your 20's away to work? Why can't you just enjoy being young? The key is patience. By working harder now, you still get to enjoy your life: probably just in a little moderation compared to your peers, but your outlook on life is also huge. Either way, the kicker is that the extra hours you put in will make you that much better, that much richer, and that much more competitive in your future endeavors.

I've got a competitive side. It might not manifest itself in sports (which I SUCK at lol), but when it comes to my future, I am willing to work hard. I'm sure that many of you are like me. I've got friends working in research labs, taking classes, and working jobs this summer, and you'd better believe that they're putting in way more hours than I probably will.

To those of you who feel like it's all just getting to be too much, hang in there: your work will be recognized. Perhaps we won't all be able to make salaries as steep as my boss's, but I can just about promise you that getting in some extra work now will yield you a better future.

Keep going, hustlers!

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11 Things You'd Only Understand If You're Spending Your Summer Making Money

"I can't, I have work."

There are two types of people in this world, those who will actually get to enjoy their summer, and those who will be trapped in the four walls of whatever place is giving them a paycheck.

If you relate more closely with the latter, here's some things you've definitely caught yourself doing/saying

1. "I can't, I have work."

This is your famous line until everyone gets tired of inviting you places because they already know what you're going to say

2. And if you're not at work you're either too tired to do anything after work

. . . or going to bed early to prepare for tomorrows shift

3. Having major FOMO when you're at work

Those beach Instagram posts get you every time, it's starting to feel like a personal attack

4. Somehow having off the only day there's nothing going on

why is it that on the rare chance you have off no one's around

5. Or if you have off you have a million errands

sometimes even days off aren't really days off

6. Wishing you actually had to work on days off

because you'd rather be making money than sitting around staring at the ceiling

7. You want to go shopping with all the money your making but all you wear is work clothes

(and pajamas) so what's the point!!!!

8. You don't get excited about Fridays

whats it matter! it's not a weekend if you're working!

9. You don't get the true joy of summer either

no tan for you, no beach trips for you, and absolutely no frozen margaritas for you!!

10. You feel like your bank account should have a much larger number than it does

It doesn't make sense that all you do is work but for some reason you're still not nearly as rich as you feel you should be

11. You run on coffee

But then again, maybe all that money is being spent on the coffee you need to survive each work day.....

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4 Things You Should Know About Your Local Waitress BEFORE Going Out To Eat

Did you know that we only make $2.13 an hour?


For the past two years, I've been a waitress at a couple different restaurants. Many times, I have given customers fantastic service, and they have given me a tip of $2 – $3 despite a $50 check, and some haven't given me a tip at all. Here's what I want you to know about your local waitress who sometimes doesn't get a tip.

1. We only make $2.13 an hour.

Yes. $2.13 an hour without tips. So we could work an eight-hour shift and only make $17.04 if we aren't tipped within that shift. Just think about this for a second. We make our living off of tips.

2. We have about a million things going on in our head.

Your waitress forgot to bring you a to-go box? Just ask again. She'll remember that she forgot and she'll apologize and feel bad about it while hoping her tip isn't affected, because it got pushed to the back of her mind when she went to ring in an order where someone ordered a burger with no onion and no pickle, but extra tomato and extra lettuce with ketchup and mustard on the side — Oh! and don't forget they want it cut in half because they're splitting it with their friend. And since they're splitting it, that means they need an extra plate.

3. If you're not ready to order when I ask you, please just tell me.

On a busy night when I have four tables at the same time, I have about 20-30 people to attend to other than you. If I have to wait for you to order, I'm standing at your table while table one has a check that's ready, table two needs a refill on coke, and table three's food is in the window. Please be ready when I ask, and if you're not, I have no problem giving you more time. I love serving people and I'm probably excited to serve you! You are welcome to ask me questions, but please make a timely decision.

4. We work hard up front, but even harder behind the scenes sometimes.

I may look calm and collected in the dining room, but I can assure you that I am not as calm and collected behind the scenes. Your drink may be empty, but someone else left the tea pitcher empty and now I have to refill that before going back onto the floor. Your check is ready, but I have to submit an order or else a party will not get their food. The ice bin is out of ice! I have to refill that and go to the back cooler to get more ranch dressing because that's empty too. So please be patient with your waiter! They have more going on than you can imagine.

After we close, we then have to clean the entire restaurant from the dining room to the bathrooms and everything in between. Salt and pepper are refilled, floors are mopped, and silverware is rolled, this can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half depending on how busy we were that day.

These are just several things that your waiter wants you to know when you go out to eat. So when you call me over while I'm walking through the dining room, it really threw me off and possibly made me forget about something else I had to do. Let me assure you that nine times out of 10 your table is not the only one I am serving in the restaurant, so my undivided attention can't always go to you.

I truly try to give you my best service with a smile, because I genuinely love my job, but there are days when things are going on behind the scenes and I can't help that your baked potato with no sour cream came out with sour cream on it, but I'd be happy to take it back to the kitchen and have it fixed for you. I really do love serving our guests, and I try my hardest to be the best server in the building, but I would love if you would be a great guest as well. Respect me and the work that I'm doing. Sometimes it can be hard.

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