How do you spend your time? Do you let other people dictate it? Do you revolve your schedule around your friends, to perhaps better align with their jobs? Whatever the case might be, if you want to achieve your goals and dreams, then you have to get very selfish with your time.
If you want to do work from 12 a.m. to 2 a.m., and assuming you work from home/can push work off to those times, then by all means do so. Now, while it is important to be a functioning member of society, you should work during your most productive hours.
Of course, this entire argument, at least during the week, goes out the window if you work for the man, work in an office or have to clock in during the infamous 9-to-5 shift.
People have a tendency to tell you how you should live your life. Let’s call these folk naysayers. They think you shouldn’t be working when they are off the clock. Don’t let this type of person dictate when you should work. For example, if you want to do work on a Saturday (if you have lofty goals and dreams, then you likely have to put in a solid amount of work on the weekends, and business owners and entrepreneurs can surely relate), then do work on a Saturday.
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The people who say you shouldn’t be doing work on a Saturday — because of the simple fact that it is Saturday (aka the weekend) — are not worried about your goals and dreams. These same people, more likely than not, will come home from their jobs and spend the rest of the night watching TV, while you are burning the midnight oil trying to make your goals and dreams come true, trying to become the person you were meant to be.
“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.” — Oscar Wilde
You are an entrepreneur, which means you are likely a very motivated and goal-driven person. You value your time, and know it cannot be wasted if you plan on conquering your dreams during this lifetime. You didn’t become an entrepreneur to clock in and out of a dead-end job, and then rinse and repeat Monday through Friday. You became an entrepreneur because you want to climb to the top of success mountain, and you plan on getting there no matter how rocky/tough the journey might be.
You have to value and respect your time. If you don’t, then no one else will.
Now, while everyone’s situation is different (for example, you can’t be too selfish with your time if you have a family, and you can be more selfish with your time if you are a remote worker), you still need to get selfish with your time when it comes to your work.
If you rather read a book or study your competition/industry while your roommate watches TV at night, then by all means do so. Do things that will move you one step closer to your dreams, not things that will halt that process.
Work when you are the most productive version of yourself, whether that is early in the morning, during the afternoon or late at night. If you prefer to work a little bit every day — because you are all about work-life balance — then do so.
The key, if you plan on achieving a massive amount of success and accomplishing your dreams in the process, is to get very selfish with your time. It is your time, after all. It should be cherished, because it is one of those things we cannot buy more of, one of those things we cannot get back.
Your goals and dreams, within reason, should come first.
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