I've worked 60+ hours a week my whole life... when I was young I'd put in 70-80 hour weeks. I wanted to be a great writer.... I wanted to be a great entrepreneur.... I wanted to start great brands and build great products.
So, I put in my time.... and then I read what Malcolm Gladwell said about the 10,000 hour rule ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outliers_(book)
) and realized that I had done the right thing by putting in my time and effort.
If you're a young person and you want to be great don't stop at hour 40.... push yourself every week to hit 50, 60 or 70 hours of practice at whatever it is YOU LOVE and you want to be great at.
The math is simple right?
10,000 hours / 60 hours a week = 166 weeks / 3.2 years to master something
10,000 hours / 50 hours a week = 200 weeks / 3.8 years to master something
10,000 hours / 40 hours a week = 250 weeks / 4.8 years to master something
10,000 hours / 30 hours a week = 333 weeks / 6.4 years to master something
What are you mastering right now?
Someone asked me how I learned how to be such a great interviewer after seeing my interviews with Shimon Peres and +Bill Gross
recently. I told them that if the had seen my first 5,000 hours they would understand that I sucked as an interviewer and that I've only become--in my mind--an OK to good interviewer in the last couple of months.
Same thing with the LAUNCH Festival.... folks were blown away right now. Almost none of them remember the 1997 event I held called "Ready, Set, Pitch!"http://www.nytimes.com/1997/06/16/business/virtual-pitch-but-real-jobs-on-the-line.html?src=pm
That was 15 years ago. I've been doing pitch events for 15 years... if I'm not good at it now I'll never be.
So, if you're a younger person forget how much you're getting paid, forget about your personal life, forget about saving the whales and focus on BUILDING YOUR SKILLS.
Life is short... be great at SOMETHING. And to be great at something you need to put in the time.
It really is that simple.