We’ve all heard countless times how successful entrepreneurs and professionals accredit most of their success to hard work, dedication, and a stellar, sustainable daily routine. We also know what do these successful entrepreneurs do in their daily lives. Mostly, they:
- Wake up early (the average Fortune 500 company leader’s alarm sets off at 6:15 am)
- Take time to meditate, reflect and focus (this is a highly individualized exercise, and you’ll find that very different methods used by different entrepreneurs)
- Incorporate some sort of exercise (walking, jogging, stretching, high-intensity training, gym training, or anything else to release them endorphins)
- Don’t ‘waste’ time (waste is a relative term – in this context, it means that successful entrepreneurs don’t spend time on stuff that doesn’t get them closer to their end goals)
- Work a lot
All of this sounds simple enough – but why then so many entrepreneurs are struggling to make their days more productive, and their dreams more approachable? If we’ve cracked the code to success, why then so few of us apply it in our daily lives?
The real challenge isn’t to know what to do, but to know how to make yourself do it. To know the tricks and hacks to your own psychology and be able to convince yourself that you have to make changes in your daily routine if you really want to make it.
So, that’s exactly what we’re going to talk about in this article – about fixing your mindset and starting to live those 14 hour work days.
Is working 14 hours a day really worth it?
In short, yes it is.
Someone once said that “the greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.”
For those of you who don’t have a math degree, imagine an exponential function as an infinitely curve sloping upwards, whose slope increases as it goes on.
Now, when talking about work hours and the amount of effort put into your business, the relationship between the amount of work and the final payoff really does resemble that of an exponential function.
That is, if you work 10% more, you’ll very likely get more than 10% more results in the end. Perhaps you’ll get 50% more, perhaps even double your productivity.
Why is that so? Here are a few reasons:
- When you work more, you get less distracted by other stuff, which will greatly improve your work focus and knowledge in your area.
- When you work more, you spend more time in your business environment with your type of people, all of which leads to new opportunities, more motivation and better ideas.
- When you work more, you’re naturally putting yourself ahead of your competition at least in one area – and people love working with winners.
In real life, all of this comes together into one big mix of good stuff happening. Some may call it luck – but can you really call making your lifetime deal an accident, if you’ve met the person randomly on a Sunday while walking to the office?
So, now that we got that out of the way, let’s look into the actual psychological process of working more.Here is the issue that has helped me overcome my laziness back in the day:
Remind yourself what is it all for
I noticed that for many people, a short message formulated in a certain way can completely change their lives. For me, that message was this:
“You don’t just work more for the sake of it. You work 12-14 hours for 3-4 years to be able to work 3 hours per day for the remainder of your life – when you feel like doing so. This, or you’re going to be stuck working 8 hour workdays for the same remainder of your life.”
Now, I understand that people might find motivation in very different things, but for me, this is the bottom line of entrepreneurial life in general – you sacrifice comfort now in order to have a much, much greater payoff in the future.
And I’m not talking about the greater mission behind entrepreneurship. There are many different aspects to why people choose unknown paths in life – some are purely motivated by the money, some by the competitive element of running a business, and some of us genuinely want to change the world. For most of us, it’s a mix of all those things, but once again, that’s not what we’re talking about here.
We’re talking about pure, disgusting laziness and the inability to make the necessary changes to your daily routine.
The thing is, and this is especially true for entrepreneurs who’re still looking for their success, it’s hard to always keep your inner compass working, and you might feel like you’re just working to work and there’s nothing in it for you.
If that’s the case, remind yourself that you’re doing all of this so that you can enjoy the freedom of the ‘good life’ later on.