The Truth About Summer Jobs

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Sam Calagione
Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

When I was 16, I spent my summer in Maine working for a guy who had his own little company that built stone walls. Watching him having a fun time, with no boss, and being really creative with these rocks inspired me to think that maybe this working-for-yourself thing would be pretty cool. But there were a few paydays when he said, "Sam, I don't have the money to pay you." I learned about the difficulties of managing cash flow and the reality that a paycheck isn't just something that comes in the mail every two weeks. I saw him working his ass off, so I understood when he had to pay me next week instead of this week. It built a bond between us and taught me a lot about the value of honest communication with my co-workers.