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Originally Posted by Maximator View Post

I currently teach TOEFL to Chinese high school kids. Not a very demanding job, and lesson planning is usually another 2-3 hours on top of that but actual work is about 20h. Obviously that doesn't pay anywhere near as much as most of you guys here make, but considering that the prices are A LOT lower here than in the US/west, I'm pretty happy. I do want to go back to school though. 

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post #227 of 387

This reminds me of a great joke regarding consultants / other business folk:

 

An American consultant was at a pier in a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

 

 

The Mexican replied "Only a little while."

 

The consultant then asked why didn't he stay out longer and catch more fish?

 

The fisherman said he had enough to support his family's immediate needs.

 

Then the American asked how he spent the rest of his time.

 

The Mexican fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, and then stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life, senor."

 

The American consultant scoffed, "I am a very successful business consultant and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and, with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, and eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then Los Angeles and eventually New York City where you will run your expanding enterprise."

 

The Mexican fisherman asked, "But senor, how long will this all take?"

 

The consultant replied, "Probably 15 to 20 years."

 

"But what then, senor?" asked the fisherman.

 

The consultant laughed, and said, "That's the best part! When the time is right, you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public. You'll become very rich, you would make millions!"

 

"Millions, senor?" replied the Mexican. "Then what?"

 

The American said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos."

post #228 of 387
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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post

Wow, necro thread. This thread was ugly, thank you to those who gave me such abuse, I certainly deserved it. I work about 50-60 hours a week now.

Glad you stuck around here though. fistbump.gif
post #229 of 387
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Originally Posted by byau View Post

This reminds me of a great joke regarding consultants / other business folk:

 

An American consultant was at a pier in a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

 

 

The Mexican replied "Only a little while."

 

The consultant then asked why didn't he stay out longer and catch more fish?

 

The fisherman said he had enough to support his family's immediate needs.

 

Then the American asked how he spent the rest of his time.

 

The Mexican fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, and then stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life, senor."

 

The American consultant scoffed, "I am a very successful business consultant and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and, with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, and eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then Los Angeles and eventually New York City where you will run your expanding enterprise."

 

The Mexican fisherman asked, "But senor, how long will this all take?"

 

The consultant replied, "Probably 15 to 20 years."

 

"But what then, senor?" asked the fisherman.

 

The consultant laughed, and said, "That's the best part! When the time is right, you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public. You'll become very rich, you would make millions!"

 

"Millions, senor?" replied the Mexican. "Then what?"

 

The American said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos."

 

I'd have to say that this is very true. What people tend to forget is that when he get's back after 20 years of hard work, he's most likely to go to very different amigos and drink a very different wine than when he started.He also wouldn't be able to afford most of the stuff that people here would call a necessity. Plus, is there even a demand for more fish? How does the market look? Can he compete with the large commercial fishing boats further off the coast? 

But yea, I get the point. 

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Glad you stuck around here though. fistbump.gif

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post #231 of 387
See: How Much Do You Work?

My hours are slightly better. I'm averaging about 10 hours per weekday and two full weekends per month. July-August is the busiest time for me. Part of this is voluntary (FWIW, I'm an attending).
post #232 of 387
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Originally Posted by HelloIDistance View Post

I work 50-70 hours a week regularly in public accounting and have a 2 hour round trip commute. I want to shoot myself.

Preachin' to the choir. Jesus I hate commuting.
post #233 of 387
i have to say, I have worked insane hours in the past and while I am certainly capable of doing so, it is better not to have to. I often worry about the way our economy has been restructured so that everyone is now considered a pussy-slacker if he doesn't put in 60.
post #234 of 387
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i have to say, I have worked insane hours in the past and while I am certainly capable of doing so, it is better not to have to. I often worry about the way our economy has been restructured so that everyone is now considered a pussy-slacker if he doesn't put in 60.

I think it depends who you mix with. My family, my hourly employees, all 40 hour a week clock punchers. My family, Big 3 union members mainly, are all of the idea that retiring at 55, pinching pennies, and sitting all winter in Florida in a camper trailer is living large.
post #235 of 387
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

i have to say, I have worked insane hours in the past and while I am certainly capable of doing so, it is better not to have to. I often worry about the way our economy has been restructured so that everyone is now considered a pussy-slacker if he doesn't put in 60.

A lot of people work in winner-take-all type industries. The incentive is to work like crazy because anything less and you end up with basically nothing to show for it.
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lol @ skinnygoomba Anyway, I know a guy with an Italian restaurant. I think he pretty much lives there, working something like 7am - 11pm Monday - Saturday and maybe 9am - 2pm on Sundays when the restaurant is closed. I plan to work about 4 days/week, ~32 hours/week. I'm not going to squeeze my blood out over work.

4 years later.. things did not turn out as planned.

I slaved as a research fellow about 60 hours/week for almost two years.

I then worked as a consultant about 25 hours/week for a year. Earned more money than I did as a fellow and really sharpened up my skiing. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

I'm currently at a university working conservatively 80 hours/week. Have not seen the sun in a while.

My goal is to work 55 hours/week next year once I've settled in and keep whittling it down.
post #237 of 387
makes me glad i "only" work 40 hours a week. i worked 60 hours a week one time when i was a teen, one guy didn't show up for his shifts and i enthusiastically volunteered to cover for him since there was overtime pay involved. oh god that was hell. it was the week from hell. 40 hours is just about right. i would like it to be 30 hours a week but it is too bad the culture here in this country is 40 and that 40 hours money is bidding up the price of everything, so i have to stick with them. 30 would be better. 20 hours would be best. gotta live your life you know. can't always be working.
post #238 of 387
50 hours isn't much... eventually it jut becomes habit. technically it's working 2/7 days of the week.
post #239 of 387
In the course of my job at my current company I've worked 11-12 hr days in an office/lab environment, 8 hr days in the same, 12 hr shifts day/night in an industrial setting, 8 hr shifts in the same, all with commutes varying from 9 minutes to 1.25 hrs one-way. I find as long as the commute is on the shorter side all are more than possible, but the 12 hour shifts get pretty bad after a while. Four days off in a row is nice though, even if you end up missing weekends here and there.

Working at night can be a welcome respite from the world, if you tend towards the introverted side of things. I think I went a few weeks once seeing nobody but the cafeteria lady at 3am!
post #240 of 387
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Originally Posted by sleekblackroadster View Post

grow up. didn't you learn anything about real life in that college of yours?




+10000 and then some more.


College is but a stepping stool, allowing you to get a few acronyms behind your name, so that you can turn that 4 years of, as you called it, partying and drinking, into something to sustain you for the rest of your life.


College years are fantasies. College students are idealists. When the pressures of paying rent/mortgages hit you, when you realize (hopefully) that to continue to live through handouts from your parents makes you a fucking loser, then you can and will be willing to work >50 hour/week.


Hell, 50 hour/week is NOTHING.


Difference between being a MAN and being a whiny little kid/pussy/wimp-ass.

Agree 110%. I hardly ever drank, partied only when I had some time to kill after I was done with the important things - studying, turning in assignments, etc never laid by the pool (waste of valuable time). Now I work over 65 hours a week but am happy because I never lived a fantasy life in college.
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