We live in a world of opportunities. The American Dream is no longer just for Americans, it’s for everyone. We all live our lives with the thought that we just need that one break – that one break to set off the chain reaction of success.
The problem is, we often sit around and wait for that break. Even if you work hard at your job, you’re still most likely waiting and wondering when that big break is going to come. Well, what if you could flick a switch and turn that big break on? I think you can.
There’s generally three things back: Work ethic, enthusiasm and an idea.
The idea is either there or it isn’t, there’s not much you can do about that other than come up with new ideas. As for the other two, they’re always there in some form, but usually not there enough. Now here’s my theory of how to solve that.
Some of us don’t work. Some of us work 9 to 5, five days a week. Hell, some of us work 9 to 5, seven says a week. Guess what – you need to work more.
It’s a common thought that you need eight hours sleep to be at your best. That leaves you with sixteen hours of being awake. So my question is this: Why don’t you work those sixteen hours? If you REALLY want to succeed. If you REALLY want to get your big break. Work sixteen hours, then you’re working as hard as you can for it and you’re working at your maximum efficiency.
Now, obviously nobody is going to do this. Well, I hope they don’t, because that’s taking work-alohic to the extreme. However, I would count traveling to and from your job as work, as they’re necessary to gain the income. I would count time at home researching methods to increase your job’s output as work. For writers, I would count time thinking about and mentally working on ideas as work. Watching TV? Work through that novel’s problem in the back of your mind. Having dinner? No reason you can’t jot out notes on the side.
Basically, always be switched on.
Now this is in no way easy to do, which is where the next important factor comes into play…
A boss I once had told us every morning that there’s no point working a job if you don’t wake up every morning and look forward to coming in. Life is short and while finances are important, there’s always a way to gain them in a way you enjoy. I promptly took his advice and left a few days later…
But this has always clung to me since that job. It’s a very good way to live your life. Be enthusiastic in what you do, enjoy it. You can’t force it, not to the extent where it feels empowering. If you’re enthusiastic about your work and truly enjoy it, your output will be more efficient. If you’re going to commit your sixteen waking hours to work, you might as well enjoy them!
So to return to my happy switch-fellow above, I pose this challenge to you: Flick the switch. You don’t have to pick sixteen hours, but pick a set number of hours and stick to it. Flick the switch and work for that amount of time, every day, without fail. Comment below with how many hours you’re going to do and we’ll do this together, see who can get the furthest!
As for me, I’m going with ten hours a day to start, leaving me with a nice six hours of enjoyment and relaxation. How about you?
(NOTE: You don’t have to turn yourself into a robot. You can take off days for family events and other unavoidable occasions. I won’t tell anyone…)