Let me start out this post by clearly stating that I’m not going to berate you with some lecture on how you:
- can’t have any fun
- can’t enjoy your time off work
- can’t enjoy your time with friends (drinking delicious Moscow mules….they are good)
That’s not what this post is about………
……and it’s not what this posts intentions are seeded in.
This post is directly intended for those who want to do something big with their life, won’t settle for the status quo, & are driven beyond belief to make their dreams become a reality.
If that’s not your goal……there’s really no point for you to continue reading any further.
My assumption though is that you DO desire those things for yourself (in your own personal way).
So read on, this post is for YOU……….you’ll find value in the next 6 to 7 minutes of online reading.
Why Those Who Work On The Weekend Always Win
During every single week of each of our lives, there are 168 hours total.
24 hours a day x 7 days a week = 168 hours (pretty straightforward)
Nothing more……..nothing less.
The man or woman that lives next door to you, the UPS delivery driver that comes by every couple weeks, & that corporate banker who always dresses sharp are all in in the same boat as you & me in regards to how much TIME we have.
The differentiating factor though comes down to how you decide spend those precious hours you have.
If we all have 168 hours, why is it that some of us make so much more out of it than others?
Before I dive into specifics, we need to first analyze the evolution of the popular 40 hour work week.
How did the 40 hour work week come about? why 40 hours?
The 40 hour work week’s beginnings are rooted way back to the early 20th century during the Second Industrial Revolution (1910’s).
It came about for two reasons:
- workers were rallying against heavy workloads, low wages, & poor conditions
- big business was coming to the realization that workers would be more productive if they worked a little bit less
Henry Ford and The Ford Motor Company popularized the concept of the 40 hour work week in 1914 when they officially moved employees work weeks from 48+ hours to 40 hours per week.
40 hours per week ÷ 5 work days per week = 8 hour workdays
The basis of this shift was formed on the idea that your day would be split into 3 equal parts (pictured below):
- 8 hours of work
- 8 hours of leisure
- 8 hours of sleep
For the last century, this mainstream idea of working 40 hours per week (the norm) has gone mostly unchanged.
Yes, I know………there are many individuals who certainly work more & less……but generally speaking, the concept of hours worked as a whole hasn’t changed all that much.
So how does this relate to business, becoming successful, and all that jazz?
It all comes down to time.
Those who best allocate their time WIN.
Let me explain…….
A big excuse that I hear every day from people is this: I work full-time & just don’t have enough time in a day to:
- be better at the current role I’m in
- start my own business
- side hustle
- start a project/cause/charity you’re passionate about.
Have you ever used that excuse before? I know I have in the past. My guess is that you have too….
With that being said, if you want to be successful in the work that you do, it’s essential for you to answer the following 2 questions:
Question #1: How many hours do you work per week?
Question #2: What are you doing with the other ___ hours each week when you’re not currently working? (besides the essentials: family, eating, sleep)
Take out a piece of scrap paper or make a mental note now to jot down your answer quick (it’ll take 10 seconds……you’ll benefit from this quick activity).
Once you’ve got your stats down in your head or on a notepad…..continue reading below.
Quick Example: Let’s say you work 45 hours a week.
168 hours in a week minus 45 hours of work = 123 hours left
Let’s be conservative and say you want to sleep a healthy 8 hours every single night of the week.
8 hours of sleep X 7 nights = 56 hours
123 hours minus 56 hours of sleep = 67 hours left
Even if you sleep 8 hours every night & work 45 hours a week, you still have 67 hours of extra time to spend each week.
Of course for your sanity’s sake, some of that time each day will allocated to meal time (breakfast, lunch, dinner), family/kid time, commuting to work, and so on.
Let’s suppose you spend an 4 additional hours each day for the above (food, family, commuting): 4 hours x 7 days a week = 28 hours
67-28 = 39 hours left over…….this still leaves you with almost 40 hours of time to work on you & do as you please!!!
***A majority of this time will come in the mornings/evenings during the week & on the weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday).
Individuals who use the “I don’t have enough time” excuse as a scapegoat will never reach their goals.
The statistics validate that for most people, there’s not a lack of time.
They just choose not to make time……..
As you’ve noticed in my example, I’m using super conservative numbers here….most people have even more time each week to work with than this. They just don’t realize it.
Important: If you want to be successful (achieve something great, climb the corporate ladder, start your own online business, etc), it’s imperative you remember this:
-You’re going to have to be willing to give up sleep.
-You’re going to bear down, focus, & work on the weekend………while all your friends are out partying.
-You’re going to have to prioritize your daily schedule to allow time for the important tasks you need to get done.
These are all sacrifices you NEED to be willing to make in order to make it in your line of work.
In closing of this post, I want to share a short personal example with you that I’ve observed in regards to hard work/hustle, working weekends, & how doing so can ultimately pay off for you in the long run.
Paul Miosi is a friend of mine, first & foremost, but I also look at Paul as a leading example to many others on how you can achieve what it is you want to in life by bearing down, working tirelessly on weekends when you could be slacking off, & ultimately achieving your goals.
Paul is a successful Financial Advisor in Buffalo, New York.
Paul paved his way through college on his own dime & worked his tail off for it. His dedication to his field of study rivaled anyone I knew going through higher education.
I thought I was impressive when I read an “Econometrics” book cover to cover in a day, but this guy pours over more financial material than this on a Saturday night 🙂
With all that said, this is just a tip of the iceberg description of the hard work he’s put in. We can each learn something from Paul’s example.
I know I certainly have……..
Regardless of what your goals/intentions for yourself are for the foreseeable future, we can all come to agreeance that we have ALL been given the same amount of TIME each day to work with.
No matter your AGE, your GENDER, your RACE, where you were RAISED, or how much MONEY you came from, were all placed on an EQUAL playing field when it comes to time.
My question to you is…………
How are you going to spend it?