If you’re a regular ‘ol person, the answer is, “There’s more to life than just money.“, and “If you don’t sleep, you’ll die.” Those are fine answers that are not very insightful. Since you are a personal finance reader who by virtue is interested in money, let me go a different route.
After coming home from a 14 hour day at 9:30pm due to a client dinner, I got back to work, online work that is. A conference call with Mumbai was scheduled for 11:30pm and another was scheduled with London at 6:30am the next morning. Normally, I would be OK with these one-off conference calls, however, this was the 8th consecutive workday in a row I was getting home after 8pm and I was beginning to tire.
I was pissed because the guy who was supposed to call me at 11:30pm didn’t call until midnight. I hate egregiously late people. It’s disrespectful. Meanwhile, my conference call at 6:30am went 30 minutes over and I had to then go to work. My client wasn’t willing to stay 1 minute past 5pm in London (9am PST) to resolve an issue and pay for my services. As a result, I didn’t close the deal, which left me annoyed. He said that I’d have to wait until Monday which was baloney since I bent over backwards to accommodate his schedule. I will likely never work with him again given how painful the process was.
Why can’t people be on time and do what they are supposed to do? Why can’t folks just provide a little bit extra? If everybody did their duties well, the world would be a much better place. But, you know what? I’d rather have something going on than nothing. Things were too quiet for a week during Thanksgiving and I was itching to get back into the fray.
There’s a saying that “Money never sleeps” since money can always be working for you no matter what time of day. Money will also find itself in the most lucrative of investments and flee from the most horrific. Since money never sleeps, and you want to make money, why should you sleep either?
MAKE IT COUNT WHEN IT RAINS
Everything ebbs and flows. You can be on “the bench” for months, and suddenly you’re staffed in a faraway place working 12 hour days for 6 months straight. This is what happens to consultants from firms like Accenture and IBM Consulting. It’s important to understand business cycles such as the beginning of the month when new budgets are created and at the end of the year when pressure is on to sell.
It’s during robust periods and peak seasons where you’ve got to work full throttle to generate business. In many businesses, the peak season is what makes or breaks the year. The hotel leisure business is a great example. Given my site is still in the growth phase, it always seems like there’s something to do. This is a problem for the long run if I am to do everything myself.
It would be great if we could all balance our workloads out more evenly. It’s part of the reason why I’d LOVE for everybody to work just a couple hours on the weekends as well. That way, there’s not this massive rush on Monday and cessation on Friday. Instead, we can spread things out more evenly, and lead more balanced lifestyles! The best time to work to maximize your profits and boost your career is when nobody else is working!
ONE DAY BUT NOT TODAY
The music will stop eventually, therefore I try and seize the moment as much as possible. I will never forget starting with nothing, therefore I will never take any opportunities for granted. I will give it my all and schedule these crazy midnight and crack of dawn conference calls because at the very least, I know my clients don’t work weekends, and I’ll have these two days to unwind once done.
Some of you may think I have trouble saying no, but I say no all the time and so should you. There are literally too many things to do once you build your momentum. You become a rolling magnet that gathers up more and more little magnets until you turn into this giant rolling ball of attraction. You’ve got to pick and choose the most interesting, helpful, and lucrative projects. For those things you can’t handle, know that there is someone else who would probably find value. Refer your friends to your clients! It’s a way of paying things forward.
There won’t be failure due to lack of effort. I encourage you to hold the same belief. Money, success, love are all there waiting for you to grab it. Do it for yourself and have no regrets.
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