Lifehacks From The Burnouts You Used To Hang Around in High School

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Courtesy Kyle Szegedi via Unsplash

Remember those burnouts you used to hang around in high school with? Well, you may have turned in your jean jacket, brushed your teeth and sold your Camaro with a giant eagle on the hood. But those guys stayed the same.

Here’s the funny thing: you are all stressed out from work, the rat race and trying to get ahead. Meanwhile, your burnout friends are happier than they’ve ever been. Here are seven life hacks you can learn from them.

Tailgate Hard

If you think tailgating only takes place the day of the game, you are sadly mistaken. Proper tailgating begins on the Thursday night before the game when you plan the menu of Pressure Cooker Chili, Charleston Cheese Dip, and Six-Alarm Ragu-Stuffed Peppers. And beer. Lot and lots of beer.

Sleep In

Why in the heck are you getting up at 5 AM to be the first person at work? You’re not fooling anybody. You’re going to die at your desk at the age of 40.

Sleep in my friend, watch those episodes of Sons of Anarchy that you missed. Take a stroll around the block, talk to your neighbor, let the dog run in that open lot near your house that never seems to sell, play some pickup basketball for 30 minutes. Then, and only then, should you go to work.

Lose A Mentor

Forget about finding a mentor. Mentors will only tell you how they did it. You need to find your own way. The only way to do that is to not have any preconceived notions on how things should be done. Dump your mentors, tap your inner muse, and blaze a trail.

Don’t Be a Try-Hard

Eager beavers get killed. Don’t be a try-hard. You know the type – the busybody scurrying around trying to look cool and cozying up to superiors. Relax, dude. Have a smoke. All of that toadying is draining the manhood out of you.

Forget about Goals

Goals are for suckers. People that live in the real world know that life rarely goes the way you want it to. It’s okay to have a big picture in mind for what you want to do in life. But writing down 10-year, five-year, one-year, three-months, one-month, weekly and daily goals is monotonous, useless and ill-advised.

Lose the Time Management

Are you scheduling every minute and every second of every day so you are utilizing your time to its maximum? You, my friend, have lost the plot.

By overscheduling and trying to be a time management guru, you’re setting yourself up for a massive heart attack and a long stay in hospital. Just think of it this way: you won’t have to schedule your time in the hospital, they’ll handle it for you!

Four Hours of Sleep At Night Is Not Enough

I know, I know. You are an achievement machine! You get more done each day than most people do before 9 AM. Isn’t that how the old Army advertisement went?

You love driving to work in the dark and turning on the lights at the office. You’ve only had four hours sleep, and you feel like $1 million. Yes, you had six cups of coffee just stay to awake for the drive in, and you will drink another 18 cups before the day is over. You find it hard to sleep from the caffeine throbbing through your veins, but hey, isn’t that the mark of a champion?

Listen, you BMW-driving, MBA-having, custom-suit wearing knucklehead. Your burnout friends from high school can teach you a lot. The only problem is you won’t be able to hear what they are saying because you are too busy listening to real estate investment tapes on your iPad.


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Joe Ditzel is a keynote speaker, humor writer, and really bad golfer. You can reach him via email at [email protected] as well as Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.