Tim Ferriss boasted about his 4-hour workweek. This got all of us excited about quitting our jobs to make thousands of dollars while we only worked for 4 whole hours a week. It’s an amazing concept. Who wants to work insane hours when you can only work four hours per week? Why not work less?
What about the 70 hour one? CNN Money recently posted an article about working 70 hours a week as an entrepreneur. This title really caught my eye and I had to go through the whole piece. The goal of this article was to highlight those that have recently quit jobs and are now working insane hours as opposed to 8 hours a day or 4 hours in a whole week.
One entrepreneur was quoted as saying:
“I quit my job to run the business three months later — I’ve been working nonstop ever since. Everyday there’s a four-page to-do list and just the two of us to complete it.”
That’s pretty hectic to go from working a simple 8 hours a day with vacation time and sick days to working nonstop for an extended period of time.
What about your personal life?
“My work and personal life all blend into one. While it can be hard to disconnect and not work all the time, I’m realizing now that’s it’s important to do so.”
This is always going to be challenging. With a 9-5 gig, you usually don’t have to worry about checking in for work when you’re out at a bar or a friend’s place. With any sort of business, you’re tempted to check email, look at your stats, or respond to comments.
This leads to a few important questions…
This is an interesting question. Let’s look at the pros and cons of working long hours for yourself:
The pros of the long days:
The negatives of working long hours for yourself:
I was recently chatting with a friend that is happier than ever working for someone else now. He had his own business, made good money, worked the crazy schedule, and eventually sold the business. He then used his experience and education to land a gig that he loves. He does his 8 hours of work, goes home, and moves on with his life. He never brings work home with him and he certainly never stresses about work on the weekends.
Sometimes I wonder if many of us that hold the entrepreneurial spirit would be better off working for someone else.
Are you willing to work longer hours if it’s for yourself?
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