If you stop by The Upside often, you’ll know that over the past number of years, I’ve mentored young leaders.. During one particular period, a handful of guys in their twenties met with me and we discussed leadership, family, career and steps to success. They were inspiring and invigorating meetings.
A couple of these men work between ninety and one hundred hours a week.
No, that wasn’t a typo.
90-100 hours every week, holding down multiple jobs.
You simply cannot expect to advance in your career, increase your income and become exceptional in your vocations and avocations without putting time into them. A lot of time.
There are no shortcuts. Those who are “getting rich quick” with cheap moneymaking schemes will eventually lose. Being clever is not necessarily the mark of being a professional. Nor is it a benchmark of character.
These guys earn my respect. They are putting out to get ahead for their families—multiple jobs, college and vocational schooling. And they carve out a couple of hours each week to meet and be challenged.
I’ve long admired the cultural, economic and vocational achievements of the Jewish people. Jews make up one fifth of one percent of the world’s population and yet have won about twenty-two percent of all Nobel Prizes awarded since 1901.
This is due in part to a sober understanding that to get ahead and make an impact in the world takes an enormous amount of focus and hard work over many years. The Jewish people have understood this as well as any people group in history.
God initially set the bar for humanity when He said, “Six days you shall labor and do your work. The seventh is a Sabbath (rest) to the Lord your God.” The Hebrew day was a twelve hour day. Over a six-day period, that comprises seventy-two hours (no, I didn’t say forty).
There are no shortcuts.
I left our meeting challenged by the lifestyle of my colleagues. How much would my skills as a writer and a musician improve—exponentially—if I worked ninety plus hours each week (including my forty-hour day job)?
How much indeed?
Time to get at it.