I need to vent, tighten up the belt, and get back at it.

Last Update: August 11, 2020

Working 3x 6-hour days in one day, "Looks good on paper!"

I do like the concept of focused effort for short periods of time and in one way smokers have the right idea. They work hard for an hour then take a 5-10 minute smoke bread and then go back at it again. As a non-smoker I'll sit at my desk for 4 hours, eat lunch at my desk and work another 4 hours at my desk.

Am I giving it my all during that time? No! Because I know I'll be sitting there for 8 hr/day, 5 days/wk, 50 wk/yr. What has it gotten me? Vericose veins for one thing. So, don't be like me and be sure to take breaks away from the desk, do some exercises, walk around the outside of the building and then come back to work.

Anyone who has worked full time while getting a Master's degree has most likely experienced what they are talking about.

Working a full time job for 9 hours I could not expect myself to give my homework the attention it needed. So, what I ended up doing was going to work for 9 hrs (0800-1700), come home and eat, take a power nap (1900-2200), do my homework (2200-0300), take a power nap ( 0300-0630), rinse and repeat for 2 years.

The problem with this is that it is not sustainable and you have no life outside of work and more work. Thankfully, our daughter was already out of the house and in college at the time because my social life just stopped.

The other problem is that there are no guarantees. I've watched people with no bachelor's degree get selected for a position that we both applied to because they had some key experience I did not.

Somebody came into my live stream the other day and joked that at one point I had more subscribers than he did but he got selected as a contributor for the game and I did not. Now, he has 40k+ subscribers and I have 3k+.

So, its not just about putting in the time, but also putting in the time to do the "right" thing. When you've figured what that is, you will be successful. If you haven't then we just keep grinding away watching others succeed while we put in the time and effort with little to no results.

I apologize for being negative, but I have been trying to free myself of working for someone else since 2014 when I started my vlogging channel.

I haven't given up, yet, but I don't see the light at the end of the tunnel either, anymore.

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LMH1968 Premium
Great post. My husband did what you are describing when he did his degree. It worked well for him in 2 ways he’s an insomniac so only sleeps for a couple of hours anyway. The 2nd way was he went from head chef to hotel manager.
Thank you very much for sharing.
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leswaller Premium
Wow! That's great that he was able to use it to move up like that! My hat's off to him! Thank you!
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JeffreyBrown Premium
I know what you mean to an extent, Les, but sometimes with too much education, people will tell you that you are "over qualified". My mantra is "Better too much than not enough"! Keep on keeping on--you WILL get there, my friend!

Jeff
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leswaller Premium
Only our mother was allowed to call us by our other brother's name, sir. :-P Having more than enough is better job security than not enough, too.
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JeffreyBrown Premium
Sorry, Les--
I knew this would happen sooner or later--I sometimes get you two mixed up, my friend, but while I have you here--and I haven't spoken to Mel about it yet--are you two related? Your similarities and backgrounds are eerily familiar!

Jeff

PS, I will edit the response to put your name in there--you now, it can be done with the little arrow to the top right of the post!
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leswaller Premium
No worries! Yes, we come from the same tree but fell on opposite sides. Thanks for the edit and I can only delete your post or report it as spam as I can only edit my posts. You've gone above and beyond kind sir.
Psst! Can I get you to subscribe to my YouTube channel on my profile?
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JeffreyBrown Premium
Yes, indeed, as long as you return the favor, Les. Mine is under the follow me on section on my profile--be warned, it is new and silly right now!
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JeffreyBrown Premium
I just subscribed--you are well traveled, sir, your channel is intriguing and I will be watching more of it in my spare time--(Puts mine to shame, I'm afraid!)😎
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leswaller Premium
Thanks, much appreciated! Once I hit 1K I can live stream my old town visits on my iPhone. \o/
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EHR Premium
Sometimes you need to blow a little steam. It's healthy. Gene
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leswaller Premium
Thanks, Gene! I'll be sure my next post is more positive and uplifting for everyone!!! :-)
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Eugene Premium
We need to take breaks, there's no sense on breaking your back and end up hurt.
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leswaller Premium
You are absolutely correct! I sometimes get too focused on what I'm doing and poof! There went 4 hours!
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Surfdude123 Premium
Very true. I have spent five years almost on my website and not much success. Thankfully, I'm retired but yea, you can put in the time and be spinning in circles. You raised some valid points.
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Surfdude123 Premium
Ironically, I went to MCRD San Diego Feb. of 1981. Spent six total in the Marines and then 3 Navy reserves. Life has been weird to say the least. Maybe things will turn around here or if I maybe at 57 I just don't understand the whole new way of working with social media and all the push button technology. My site looks good, just does produce squat. Maybe I'm a sucker but nobody nd will say that. Not when I keep paying to stick around. Hahaha...
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leswaller Premium
Thanks so much for commenting on my post and for that I have some valuable information I'll send you via PM.
Semper Fi, Marine!
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leswaller Premium
Actually, I cannot get to your site! Does anyone else have trouble seeing Surfdude123's site?
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leswaller Premium
\o/ Yay!!!! You fixed it!!! Now, I'll start pushing some of your pages over social media over the next couple of days and see if we can't get you site rocking!!!
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