smallfirmassociate wrote:It's not really about what you can tolerate with flourish and self-congratulation.
It's about the other parts of your life being fruitful, interesting, and healthy enough that you don't want to work as much as you can tolerate.
Obviously for a person who has no other life whatsoever and loves work more than sex, the beach, and funnel cakes combined, you might as well work 3000 hours per year. Yet that position is neither anything to brag about nor anything applicable to most others. I wouldn't judge and say a person whose life is so devoid of other pleasure that working 3000 hours seems fine other than to say that I'm glad I'm not that person. Out of all the things that add richness to my life, work is but a small portion.
TL;DR: In a way, I can respect the "I can tolerate a lot, and I can work a lot, and this is all fine, so stop whining" viewpoint, but I'm glad I'm not the one holding it.
Not sure if this was directed at me, but to be clear, "my viewpoint wasn't it's fine quite whining." I agree with what you said pretty much entirely. I was the one that said the OP who worked 110 hours in a week (and made a thread to bitch about it) needs to learn how to set limits and manage his time if he doesn't want that lifestyle because no one else was going to do it for him.
The popular sentiment seemed to be saying shit like "that's what you signed up for" rather than telling OP you don't actually have to work yourself to the point you're worried about your physical safety.
More than a few people suggested I didn't know what I was talking about because I don't know what it's like to work in a demanding corporate practice. That last post was meant to be more of a "Nope, I do actually know. Still telling you it's possible to say no and set limits."
The whole stupid 2800 hours thing got started when I used examples of my colleagues that choose to bill insane hours even though the average associate bills far less as an example of how people do it to themselves. People seemed to think I made 2800 up as an impossibly high number.