Earlier this year, I left my job working for a 70,000-person “mega corporation,” and joined a 7-person startup. Let me tell you, life is different. On one hand, I work longer hours, I’m more stressed, I went from a 10% 401(k) match to none, and I lost free life insurance, STD and LTD, amongst other things. However, I now have a ton more responsibility and autonomy. Every action I take now directly impacts my company, and I love it. One of the new things I’ve had to get used to is traveling. I went from traveling 3-5 days a year to 50+. It’s definitely something to get used to, and there is a lot that you can gain from doing it.
When I was in High School, I wanted a way to earn extra money. I had always been a good student, and joined a bunch of clubs. One of these offered free tutoring during my lunch period. I would quickly get lunch (cut the line), run up to the library, and then help other students with their Math and Science homework. Having done this for my Freshman and Sophomore year, I started tutoring for money, sometimes making $100 per hour. After I graduated college and wanted extra money, I started tutoring for a modest $50 per hour. The money was good, but I made the decision to stop.
The modern workplace is much better than it was in the past. A long time ago, children under the age of 10 had factory jobs and crawled through small spaces inside machinery to fix them. Employers would lock employees in hot factories that were susceptible to fire. People commonly worked 12 hour days, 6 days a week. Asbestos was and still is fairly common in many buildings. Getting paid the correct amount on time was a luxury. Many things have improved, but if you are a minority, you still deal with many problems that we just shouldn’t have to deal with anymore. As a heads up, there is some offensive language, including racial slurs in this post. If this offends you, feel free to contact me and I can send you a version with this content removed.
Welcome to the third installment of What I’m Reading! This is where I cover the blog posts that I’ve found particularly interesting, informative, or just plain awesome. I do my best to read as many blogs as I can throughout the week, so this really covers a lot of breadth. As a general announcement, I am switching to a new posting schedule! I will post new content on Monday and Thursday, with a What I’m Reading over the weekend (preferably Saturday). However, I probably won’t be following this schedule because I’m going on vacation next week. Without further ado, happy reading!
Welcome to the second installment of “What I’m Reading!” If you haven’t seen the first iteration, check it out now. Basically, I found the following posts uniquely interesting, inspirational, and even educational. I collect all of these blog posts together in a weekly digest so my readers can see what influences me. Plus, they are excellent articles that I believe everyone should read. So, without further ado, lets see what I read this week!