Elon Musk’s 80 hour work week

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I think it’s fair to say that most of us believe we work hard but is a 35 or 40 hour week enough to get you where you want to be? Billionaire Tesla founder, Elon Musk, doesn’t think so. Elon’s advice for getting ahead? Work an 80-100 hour week (yes, you read correctly). The logic is sound, if the people around you (or your competitors) are working 40 hours a week and you are working 80 hours then you should be twice as productive. How does anyone have the time for this though?

Defining work

The most obvious way to increase your weekly working hours if you work a regular job is to do overtime. However, as polls have shown that as little as 15% of people actually like their job, it’s unlikely to be a long term solution. The 9 to 5 routine isn’t the only way to work though. Work can be considered as anything productive which is making or saving you money. It doesn’t even have to make you money straight away, you could be working for future results, like the early stages of starting a business. If it’s something you enjoy doing then it won’t even feel like work.

Work efficiently

Simply doing tons of overtime won’t make you much better off. You will earn some extra money but at the expense of time at home. When Elon Musk talks about working 80 hours a week he is looking at it from the perspective of an entrepreneur. A lot of the time entrepreneurs can work from anywhere so don’t need to be in the office for 12 hours a day to put in their extra hours. Look at where you could fit in extra hours without having to sacrifice too much home time. If you wake up at 7.30 each day, try getting up an hour earlier. If you commute to work by public transport then you have free time to work. Don’t do much on Sunday mornings? Put in a couple of hours of work. It could be carrying out DIY to save calling in a tradesman, working on your own business or even writing a blog post! Where possible, I would suggest getting your extra hours done in the morning (especially at weekends) as it will set you up for a productive day. If you plan to do it later in the day you are more likely to keep putting it off.

Watch the man himself talk about working 80-100 hours a week in “Elon Musk’s Top 10 Rules For Success” by Evan Carmichael (http://www.evancarmichael.com/).

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