Summer Months Are The Months To Grind, Not Relax By The Pool

The Summer Months Are The Months To Grind, Not Get Lazy By The Pool

While you're sipping Moscato by the pool, someone out there is hustling.

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My entire life people have always told me "Oh, you need to relax before school starts." I'm coming to this realization that every single person that has EVER told me this is not happy with where they are in life. These are people working the typical 9-5, coming home depressed as hell because they went for the money and fell short of their goals, and are entitled to have some rest all the time.

See, this notion we have to relax and party in the summer is part of this poisoning entitlement we have as Americans. "Yeah man, we worked all through the winter and into late spring, let's take two weeks and blow all the money we saved." Or, better yet, let's bank off of mom and dad's money because we are so privileged to do so!

This mentality we have to slack off and enjoy some "vacation time" just like everyone else is a part of this failing scheme of entitlement. We think that, because everyone else is doing it, we should do it too. To make it worse, we try to one-up everyone by showing off how much we can relax and not work. "Oh, she went to the beach for three days? I'm going to the Bahamas for a week!" You get my point.

While 99% of people out there have this August mentality to soak up as much sun and alcohol as possible, the other 1% are doing something incredibly different.

It's something that goes off the business adage "while you're sleeping, someone out there is working." Take that, and blow it up to the scale of an entire month. For an entire month during the year, people out there forget that work, hustle, grinding, ambition... it's 24/7.

Success doesn't wait on you while you take a break. Most college students are getting drunk by a pool and messing around for the first few weeks in August because school starts soon. If you've learned anything of value in college besides your bullshit coursework that doesn't mean anything, then it should be this — the best time to hustle your ass off is while other people are not.

When you see that the trend in our culture is to sit around with your thumb in your ass and "enjoy what's left of summer," you have to craft the hustler's mindset. July, August — hell, even September — these are the months where you should be putting in those full 16 hours a day. From a pure business standpoint, you're blowing your competition out of the water.

It's not a crime to enjoy the summer months. You simply need to have your priorities in order. When you know that you've taken care of your business to the fullest extent and you have done all you can do, take your time and enjoy the leisure of the summer months. But, if you are truly doing all you can to further your future, you'll quickly find out that there is always more to do and you don't have as much free time as you thought.

August is the month to grind, not to relax by the pool. Then, when all of your friends are stressing out in the dead of winter, you can sip hot coffee with a smirk on your face.

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15 Fourth Of July Fun Facts And Trivia

The United States of America: Land of the free, home of the brave.
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Fourth of July is a holiday I look forward to every year! Full of outside, summer fun, barbecued foods, and firework displays. Behind all of that, however, is history! In celebration of our nation's Independence Day, here are 15 fun facts and pieces of trivia:

1. John Hancock was the only member of the Continental Congress to formally sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.

2. The Fourth of July was not declared a federal holiday until 1938.

3. The first White House Fourth of July party was held in 1804.

4. Around 150 million hot dogs are consumed on Fourth of July (wonder if this statistic includes the hot dogs consumed during the annual Nathan's Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest?)

5. Back in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed, 2.5 million new people lived in the U.S. Now 240 years later, 311 million people live.

6. The now American-celebrated song, Yankee Doodle, was originally written by officers of the British army to make fun of backwoods Americans.

7. Three United States presidents died on the Fourth of July: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe.

8. July 4th is also celebrated in the Philippines, because in 1946, the country was recognized as an independent nation.

9. In one year, $600 million is spent on fireworks alone in the U.S.

10. Most of the signers of the Declaration did not formally sign until August 2, 1776.

11. Though it is no treasure map as predicted by Nicholas Cage in "Treasure Hunt 2", the message "Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776" is written upside down on the back of the Declaration of Independence.

12. More than 14,000 firework displays are put on across the country on Fourth of July!

13. Bristol, Rhode Island is home to the world's oldest Independence Day celebration. It dates back to 1785!

14. In 1781, the great state of Massachusetts became the first one to declare Independence Day a holiday

15. Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Display is the largest in the United States

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4 Things You Can Do This Summer

Instead of saying you're "bored," try these activities out!

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Summer is full of freedom and fun! Well for the first couple of weeks maybe.. then summer boredom hits. We all have been there. Everyone has literally thrown out the "I'm SO bored" at least once during summer. I'm sure everyone has even said it quite a bit more than one time too. So for next time, you think about saying/texting it, here are some entertaining and doable things you can do during the summer!

1. Go out with your friends!

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I'm sure that your friends get bored too, so if they are around call them up! You guys could do a multitude of things together! You can catch a great summer movie, go try a new restaurant you haven't been to yet, go bowling, mini golf, and if any of you have a pool or neighborhood pool that is a perfect thing to do!

2. Be a tourist in your town!

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Sounds crazy right? However, this could actually be cool to do with a friend or even by yourself. For one day pretend like you have never been to your town and that you're on vacation there. You could google the top places to go, top restaurants to try (that are in your budget), and the top activities to do. This could easily cure you of boredom and show you some exciting things you may never have even thought to do.

3. Have a "water" day!

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This could be swimming if you have a pool/neighborhood pool. If you don't you could go to a water park! Those are always a good time! You could also just buy a bunch of balloons and water guns, turn the sprinklers/hose on, and get some slip n slides! This would be perfect for a family and friend water day in the backyard! Just let loose and have a water balloon war!

4. Do something productive.

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I know not as fun, however, if you're looking for something to do might as well do something productive! Set a day to deep clean your room. Go through your stuff and organize it! Also, see if you can get rid of anything you don't need. Take a summer class or get a head start preparing for fall semester. Join a gym and set some time aside to work out every day that fits your schedule.

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