A 3600 Summer
I feel like as I start writing this I can just remember being like fifteen in the middle of suburbia and my mom being like
"it's summertime you need to go do something productive like get a job or something"
and then at that same time I was always like
That exact face.
Then I would always be like mom it's SUMMER i'm living like Phineas and FERB I'm not getting a JOB.
I mean I went to sleepover camp every summer growing up so I guess I couldn't really work one of those local town jobs like serving froyo to middle schoolers or anything.
But that's the point I'm getting at.
With summer, you have three options.
Option A: Get a really boring minimum wage job
Option B: Get a cool internship and learn something you're interested in, hopefully get paid for it too.
Option C: Work for yourself, make your own money, and walk away with 3600.
The number 3600 is important here. And this goes mainly for people under the age of like 22 because that means you're either in college still or younger.
In this case, 3600 is the minimum value you have to achieve over the course of the 3 month summer in order to consider your self employed summer a success.
Why? Because if you want to live a life like Option C, you need to exceed the life of Option A.
In Option A, I am estimating that a person who works a minimum wage job that teaches them no new real world experience and just allows the person to "exist" in a community, they will be working
5 Days a week
6 Hours a day (10am - 4pm) or night job (6pm - 12)
For 12 weeks.
Lets say you're making $11.50 which is pretty standard minimum wage
You'll lose $1.50 on taxes, bringing you down to a solid $10 per hour.
30 Hours a week for 12 weeks we're at 360 hours all summer, without having spent any money on transportation or food or partying or anything, kids choosing Option A are making $3600 over the course of summer.
So now let's talk about option B, the internship. This is probably the best thing anyone who wants to be creative, successful, and innovative could do if they don't want to try to employ themselves. If you are interested in painting, go check out local art galleries and see if you can intern with the people who set up the installations. See if you can go out for coffee with the Art Buyer. If you're lucky, maybe you'll get paid for it too. But no matter what happens, any internship you invest time into, make sure that you learn a set list of skills and gain some new knowledge tools from it that you can bring to any future job or that you can use to start your own company or something like that.
If you like clothes, reach out to someone who has a brand that might be a few years older than you. Tell them you want to intern with them and learn how they did it. I took interns under my wing and taught them everything I ever learned and showed them the ropes and now they're doing fantastic things.
If you like working out, you should contact a bunch of local trainers and see if you can shadow them and intern with them. Every day you might just stand around and watch, but you'll be watching and learning essential tips which will help you become a trainer of your own, in term turning you into an Option C kid. BUT without that drive and motivation, you might just try to get a desk job cheking people into the gym, making $10 an hour, learning nothing new besides how a check in/ check out system works and how to clean the locker rooms before locking up, making you a perfect example of an Option A person.
I'm trying to think of other examples.
When it comes to internships, you should try to find someone who does exactly what you want to do, or something related to that. See if they'll let you follow them around for 2 weeks, 3 times a week. Those two weeks, you will learn so many industry keys and tips that you can use in any future field I bet. But, those two weeks while you're stirving to be a key Option B kid, the Option A friend will make $600 (6 hours x 5 days x 2 weeks x $10 profit after tax).
But, those two weeks might teach you the managerial skills to start your own mini company after being an apprentice to whoever you learned from. The two weeks and lack of $600 made could turn into a million dollar company. You see what I'm saying?
Ok so back to 3600.
Option C kids.
I've been an Option C person since I was like 16 because I've always just done stuff on my own. For the past summers OHKAY has been my main priority and my major focus so I made sure that whatever I had in my bank acount in the beginning of summer, I ended the summer with $3600 more than I started with.
It sounds like a lot of money but it's really not.
Let's say you want to travel a bunch, maybe traveling will cost you $1400. Now you need to project $5000 in income to balance everything out. I hope you're following all of this, I know it might get confusing.
But summertime is meant to be spent with your friends. I think summer is meant for creating and for expressing yourself and for sitting outside listening to music and painting and writing and making stuff. Whatever it may be. It's the prime time.
You can wake up whenever you want. Sleep wherever you want. Visit whatever state you want. You can do it all. That's the beauty of summer.
It' 3 months of non stop fun.
But if you get stuck working at a frozen yogurt shop and you need to be behind the yogurt bar every night from 6pm to close at midnight, you aren't going to experience summer the way it should be experienced.
Like I said in the beginning, ever since I was so young my main goal was to live like I'm friends with Phineas and Ferb.
Every day they call eachother like
"Bro what we doing today?"
"I don't know, let's go make something!"
"Ok see you in 30!"
Then they're off on their way making who knows what.
That's how summer should be.
Now, the main thing I'd say I want you to learn from this is to walk away from summer with $3600 more than you started with.
If you're going to college this year, $3600 will last you a full year if you're just partying and hanging out. Trust me. 1800 a semester is golden. All you spend money on in college is ubers, alcohol, cover to get into bars and clubs and food when you get sick of the dining hall. Trust me I just finished a full year.
But that's it. Summer in my eyes is the time to be a kid. Because once you do turn like 22, you need to get a real job and start working at a desk doing who knows what very day from 8am to 5pm in summer and there will be no more drawing in the park and writing stories and making films with your friends.
And if you are like 16, 17, 18, 19 or whatever, summer is the time to cherish freedom.
Because once school starts you go back to the constant cycle of life, then the seasons change, then the air gets cold and life begins to move in cycles.
Once you go off to college everything changes, and there will never be a feeling you can relive like the feeling of your last summer home. Which is probably what I'll write about tomorrow morning when I wake up.
I have two more finals for school then I'm free for three months. After my final wednesday my race to 3600 starts. Once I get it, I'm cashing it out and hiding it so I don't touch it until the end of summer when me and my friends fly back to our new lives and resume what we started.
If you enjoyed this comment below I really like to hear people actually appreiate these blogs. It's a little past midnight and I'm sitting in this courtyard on campus and it's 80 degrees and everyone around me is studying. I'm sure I look like I'm writing a paper. But the thing is, college doesn't teach you real life stuff. It makes you smarter in very uniform ways, but it doesn't teach you the things most kids should learn. People with knowledge do. And I gnuinely think everyone with knowledge should share their mind with anyone who wants to learn. And that's the point of these. So people can understand what is going on in my head.
Good Luck Getting To 36.