I was talking to my buddy Peter on Saturday when he was still coherent. He ended up getting drunk out of his mind. I had to babysit him because he was falling all over the place. It was embarrassing, but I didn’t mind because I like to have a good time,

Why did Peter get so drunk? Why was he such a belligerent fool?

Peter works 12 hour shifts during the week and then he comes home, sleeps, and wakes up to do it all over again. Peter hustles really hard at his job. He’s always working hard. He’s always on the go. He never has much time to himself. When the weekend comes around, he likes to let loose. Letting loose often involves getting completely drunk for him. I don’t mind drinking, but Saturday is just another day for me.

Where am I going with this? Peter works long hours at a commission based job.

I respect hard work and love to see 20-somethings working towards goal. However, I just have one critical thought on my mind.

Is it really worth working long hours for someone else?

I don’t believe so. I personally work long hours. I work at my part-time job, come home, and start blogging away. My routine is completely random though. I can find myself working all day on a Saturday and then sleeping in on a Monday all morning.

Why shouldn’t you work long hours for someone else in your 20s?

You can do so much more with your time. Money really does come and go. Time goes and never comes back. When time goes you’ll never get it back again. Time is highly valuable in your 20s. You can do lots of cool things. Why let this time slip away? Why waste this time on someone else?

Your work ethic can take you far. If you have the perseverance and ambition to work hard, why not work on things that you want to do? Why create more money for someone else?

This ties into my next point…

You want more profit for yourself. My friend works for commission. He gets a small percentage of what he sells. When you sell your own products or perform your own services, you keep more money for yourself. Don’t you want more profit for yourself?

When you work for someone else they take the majority of the money. You put in the time and effort. Why shouldn’t you be compensated fairly?

I urge you to give it a shot. Try spending that extra time on your own projects. Create something that inspires you. If you have the rare ability and willingness to work long hours, take advantage of this.

Will you work long hours for yourself or for someone else?

Martin Dasko

Martin Dasko