Non-grinding stories

May 27, 2019 17 Comments

I keep hearing stories (both here on Blind and elsewhere) about people who were really successful and did a lot of grind - focusing on work at expense of wlb, crazy hours, etc.

I'd like to hear stories about successful people who didn't grind.

I didn't grind, but I'm not sure I'm successful. Got easy degree (no grinding in college), then got into FANG. Now 15 yoe in FANG, never worked late hours, didn't work a single weekend, traveled a lot, and had time to check stuff online and meet people for coffee at work. WFH usually means play videogames with an eye at work chat if someone needs me. Some weeks I probably worked 10 hours.
Now E5 at Facebook, 550k TC, and I find it easy to do enough impact for meets all rating. I find it difficult to get promoted to E6 though - it seems it would require getting quite outside the comfort zone and actually work longer hours. I often regret never learning to grind, since many of my grinding friends went much higher (couple became senior directors, one became VP, with TC well above 2M).

Your stories?


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TOP 17 Comments
  • I hate you 😀
    May 27, 2019 0
  • Deloitte kbBc60
    What does success mean to you? A 2M salary? A stay at home job? International trips? What experiences? What is it that you surely want to have finished before you die? Philosophical, but I always feel if I can find an answer for this, I don't have to think of what others did and I didn't. No comparison required. My life, my success story and my wish :)
    May 27, 2019 0
  • Deloitte kbBc60
    One other fact. The amount of time required for different people to do the same work is obviously different. Instead of measuring number of hours of work, one should measure the outcomes. Maybe you do produce good outcomes even when you are playing video games on the side
    May 27, 2019 1
    • The more video games I play instead of working the better our code base gets over time
      May 27, 2019
  • Microsoft MSFTBRO
    Grinding is overrated. I worked my ass off at a start up for like half of what I’m making now. And here I’m pretty much chilling with occasionally hustling to meet deadlines.
    May 27, 2019 0
  • Airbnb aircasa
    Thats awesome! Sometimes the stuff outside of work is more important. Since you’re at 15 YOE now, how long did it take you to progress to each level? Did you push your manager on getting you promotions or did you just wait for it to naturally happen?
    May 27, 2019 3
    • New zsax
      How long have you been E5?
      May 27, 2019
    • Facebook / Eng kprti12
      9 years
      May 27, 2019
  • Microsoft idknbd
    I'd rather not make $2m if it means my life is work. $400k is plenty for me If you work 10 hours and make $500k I'd say you've won life. Teach me everything.
    May 27, 2019 0
  • New / Design Yesterday-
    Coasted through undergrad and grad school.

    Was a college athlete so undergrad was paid for.

    Grad school was a joke, ran a research lab, published a few papers and got an internship.

    Got my dream job where I did grind for 3 years. And now I’m coasting making double my salary.

    Don’t really work now. Will coast and then work hard for a couple of days when I have a deliverable.

    Plan to stick in this groove until I’m ready to find something interesting to work on.
    May 27, 2019 0
  • Amazon / Eng DeepObsess
    You are the definition of grinding and you don't know it. I didn't grind and didn't get into FANG until recently. Missed out on a lot of the TC. I'm sure I'm not alone 😂
    May 27, 2019 0
  • It’s all about how you define success.

    High TC? Social status? Plenty of free time?

    One could argue you have all 3. Sure, there are people making more money in the world, but that will always be the case.
    May 27, 2019 0
  • Airbnb nbhnc
    Grinding now means more fun later
    May 27, 2019 0


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