The 100-hour Workweek

Your goal is to change the world. Steering it towards a better future that is well defined and falsifiable. What you would observe is that in order to accomplish the goal, you would need to work hard. This is a pattern we have seen over and over again by people who changed their world. While most people would succeed by working 40-hour workweeks, you would need to do more than that. You would find a reason to commit to 60-hour, 80-hour or even as high as 100-hour workweeks. You would find the need to become a workaholic (just like Jesus) because you have too much to do.

While not everybody will need to work for up to 100 hours every week. You must be willing to work at such intensity in order to be effective in your leadership role. If you want to change your world – your community, city or nation – you have to work harder than any other agenda. It is a competition. Donald Trump, a businessman and former president of the USA said in 2009, “How does somebody that’s sleeping twelve and fourteen hours a day compete with someone that’s sleeping three or four?” You could choose a normal working window of 9AM to 5PM every weekday, but then, nobody has ever changed the world with such a work ethic. You have to do more.

On a practical note, you cannot work for long hours if you do not have the passion for your work. The first step to succeeding at this is to be clear on what change you want to see. Then you want to be sure you love your work. You would need to love this work more than food, sleep or mundane relationships. Working 100-hour workweeks is something you want to do during your most productive years and then scale back as you begin to reap the fruits of your labour. I recommend you start with the desire to invest 10 hours, 5 days a week. As you plan, tweak and work towards being effective at this, you would unlock the doors of greater productivity.

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