How hard do you think you work? Do you do everything it takes?
Are you extraordinary at what you do?
If you truly are extraordinary, I'm sure at some point you will be able to live on Easy Street and sit on a beach and not do what you're doing right now.
But, there is a process to becoming significant and one of the best of all-time. Want to be a game-changer? Do you want to change or save lives with what you do?
If you are one of those people who aim to be the best, I will say with certainty that you live for the process. There is no shot clock. Money, power, fame - that all comes secondary.
Usually, those types of people aren't looking for some kind of end result out of what they do. They do what they do because they enjoy it so damn much. Yes, through the long, long days, the dark and lonely moments, and the potential fear of the unknown and what's next - it's always worth it to them. Even the failures (yeah, that's right) are an enormous part of what these people live for.
Nobody on the extraordinary level tells themselves "one day I won't have to do this anymore" or "one day I can just chill and watch grass grow".
So, 1/2 day Friday's? Work-life balance? 9-5?
Show me someone on top of their game, not just putting in the 8 hours and going home. I haven't met anyone in a long time who lives with a shot clock with their career.
Elon Musk recently said that in order to change the world, people need to work around 80 hours per week. "There are way easier places to work, but nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week," Musk said.
Think about that.
When I do think about the 90-100 hour week works I put in many times throughout my career, I don't regret it one bit.
However, in my new book Living On Purpose (which, if you haven't ordered a copy yet, what are you even doing here?) I mentioned what I do regret: not hitting the pause button enough. Not the stop button, but a brief pause here and there to enjoy my kids and wife, my neighbors, the happy and fun days, traveling, etc., would have been wise.
The pause button is the least used button on your remote. Think about it!
That's the button you need to get more comfortable using - not the stop button.
So - I'll ask once more. Are you one of those people? Do you know what's necessary in order to be extraordinary?
Quote of the Day: "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure" - Colin Powell
Song of the Day: "Workin' Day and Night" by Michael Jackson