How far are you willing to go to pursue your dreams?
I’m asking this because so many people seem to be working a kind of ‘nine to five’ existence, doing the same thing day in and day out, while expecting a different result.
Nobody I know has done really well for themselves, pushed their career onwards and achieved their goals by working only between the hours of nine and five.
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This blog isn’t intended to knock any of the huge number of people who do a fantastic job during their allotted hours and who are not on a mission to grow a business or climb the ladder.
The point is mainly that if you want to broaden your horizons beyond that, then you better be prepared to put in the time and effort to get there.
If you limit yourself to just the hours that you’re contracted to, you’re only ever going to get so far, in my humble opinion.
If you speak to anyone who’s started a business, grown it and become successful, they will tell you about the graft. The time spent working outside of the standard hours. They’ll tell you straight away that it was necessary to push things onwards.
What Are Your Doing to Push Yourself?
If you want something different for your career, if you want to earn more money, get that promotion, take on more responsibility – ask yourself this:
What are you doing outside of your nine to five that is contributing to you getting there?
Maybe you’re at work and doing a great job just thinking ‘I’ll get that promotion. I work hard during nine to five. That’s what they pay me for’.
It’s not enough. I promise you it’s not enough. Holding up the average does not mean you can expect these things to fall into your lap. If it did, there wouldn’t be any worker bees left in the office. You need to stand out.
The people that really take off and fly; they’re not just flying effortlessly. Trust me, they’re working their ass off outside of their contracted role, and that’s something you need to think about.
So do you want to be a corporate employee?
Or do you want to run your own business, start your own thing?
Whatever it is, you need to do more than the average, way more. That’s my view.