The Summer Months Are The Months To Grind, Not Get Lazy 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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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

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The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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I Spent My Summer Working At A Special Needs School

And it was the most rewarding job I had ever had.

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I was lucky enough to spend five weeks working with children who view life in a completely different way than I do. Now I'm not so sure if I'll ever look at life the same again.

I say that because these children completely changed how I view the world. I take many things for granted without even realizing I'm doing so.

Something as simple as feeding myself, going to the bathroom when I wish, or being able to hold a pencil to write my name. These are all things that do not come so easy to these children, but you would never be able to tell that they were unable to perform simple life tasks.

They walk into the room every morning and greet you with the sweetest of smiles and nicest "good mornings!" you have ever received. These kids aren't just there because their parents want them to be there, but they genuinely want to be there as well and make memories with their classmates.

They cheer each other on when they get the answer correct and always share their sharpened colored pencils and snacks at lunchtime. They are just like you and me, but their hearts are fuller.

They don't see the world as cold and cruel as we do, and they see the good in everyone.

I learned that they will remember your favorite color, your birthday and if you wore that shirt last week. They want to get to know you, just as much as you are trying to learn about them.

What surprised me the most was how outgoing they were and the amount of confidence they had. I was blessed to have been a buddy to a girl with Cerebral Palsy.

I swear this beautiful 18-year-old girl had more confidence that I ever had in all 21 years of my life. I was so interested to see each day what dress she had picked out, and listen to her talk to me all day about which boy she was crushing on. There were quite a few!

She never failed to bring the biggest smile to my face. Every morning I got to feed her breakfast, help her color and write her school work, and push her down the hallways as everyone fought to say hi to her first. The teachers and the students all loved her, and she loved them right back.

You see, it didn't bother her that we had to change her twice a school day after using the bathroom. It didn't phase her that she couldn't run during gym class with her classmates. She didn't mind that I had to write all her work for her since she couldn't.

She respected what she could and could not do. When another kid would ask her why she was in a wheelchair, she would, without hesitation, reply, "I was born this way, I have Cerebral Palsy."

She knew that she was different than most of the kids at her school, but she definitely had other things that made her stand out.

This girl was smart. I'm not just talking about math smart, book smart, or knowing all the words to Charlotte's Web. She knew how to talk to you for hours and communicate her feelings, how to sing, and how to call you out for not paying enough attention to her.

She was one of a kind.

Each and every one of the children I got to be with every day this summer showed me that life is so much more than being stuck in traffic on our commute to work, more than fancy clothes and new shoes. The moments that we stop and appreciate life for all that we have is what impacts us the most.

I spent the majority of my days over the last six months focusing on the things I couldn't do; more specifically, running. I wasn't being grateful for being able to walk again, being able to ride a bike, or just do simple tasks after months of agonizing hip pain. Working at the school this summer was my wake-up call.

I saw that these children didn't have many limitations, but the things they weren't able to do didn't stop them from being happy and thankful for being able to conquer the day.

The littlest things make them the happiest. A high-five from a passing friend down the hall, a sticker on their paper, or winning the kickball game in gym class; these are the things that brighten their day.

Not what shoes they're wearing or likes on an Instagram post. They know their worth because they know they are worth getting to know. I have never met such selfless, kind, and compassionate human beings.

I spent my summer working at a special needs school, and it forever changed how I view the world. I promise to be more aware of the things I let bother me, or the things I take for granted. Life is so much more beautiful and rewarding than we see it to be.

Be grateful for what you have and who you are, and do not dwell on the things you lack or the person you are not. Be beautifully you.

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