A responsible adult does his taxes early. Some irresponsible adults wait until April 15th. I am currently doing my last four years of taxes, but then again, I've never really thought of myself as an adult at all.
In the course of preparing them, I got to thinking. I made more money than I expected last year. It was more than the year before, and more than the year before that. I've sort of resigned myself to the idea that I work a low stress job that gives low paychecks. But I divided last year's total pay by 2080, and came to a respectable amount of money. The kind of money I'd expect a professional to earn.
Now that may be misleading, because I didn't work 2080 hours last year. In fact, I work overtime fairly regularly. The thing is though, I don't actually "work" most of the time I'm at work. My job has a fair amount of downtime. It's certainly not true that I'm spending more time working than a full-time job entails. However you slice it, I'm employed in my field of study, using my degree to earn what you would expect a professional to earn.
I'd think the takeaway would be that hard work isn't necessarily the key to success. The opposit is true though. I feel like I should shapen up, and fly right. Maybe take another crack at some certificates. Now that I've stumbled into adulthood, I should probably try to keep it.