Stop Focusing on Work-Life Balance If You Want to Be Successful

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A quick Google search for important aspects of the workplace will lead many experts to emphasize the importance of a work-life balance. Most of us have heard that maintaining a work-life balance has myriad health and productivity-related benefits: reducing stress, preventing burnout, and more.

Sure if you have a 9am to 5pm office job you can go home at night, take a bath and forget about work for 16 hours and if that makes you happy then the work life balance is great. On the other hand, if you really want to be successful at what you do and be the best of the best in your niche, then work-life balance won’t get you there.

Name the angry comments saying how terrible I am at telling readers to abandon this balance instead of their dreams. But that’s it. If your dreams and goals are important to you, then you have to work for them. You must be obsessed with your goals to be successful. If you give up half the day scrolling through TikTok or watching Netflix, you won’t get anywhere any time soon. If you can’t manage your own time effectively, how are you going to run a thriving business?

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Stop being afraid of hard work

In a previous article I mentioned that people need to stop expecting compensation for their time. I’m not saying you have to work for nothing or “the exposure”. Instead, I’m telling you that you can and should be willing to put in the hard work now, without expecting immediate rewards, in order to fulfill the big dreams you have for your future. You must make the decision to use your precious free time to do and learn things that will get you closer to your goals—even if there’s no one paying you to do it.

Everyone loves the great idea of ​​being in business and having endless money. Having a nice car and a big house is glorified in our society, but when it comes to the essentials, nobody wants to put in the work. Eventually people give up because they are not interested in doing what it takes to get where they want to be. So many of us want something for free.

Unfortunately, life isn’t that simple; Life is hard. I don’t come from a privileged background. I came from the exact opposite and had to work my ass off. It’s not always funny. In the beginning it will be the complete opposite of fun. But you are doing it for the good of your future and the future of your children, if they are in the know.

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Be the hardest working person you know

When it comes to success, work ethic trumps work-life balance. You have to surpass everyone you know. Surround yourself with hardworking people and then strive to work harder than them. You can use them as guiding examples of a threshold below which you must not fall.

Execution is so important; without them you have nothing. You could have the greatest and biggest ideas. You could be the smartest person in the world. You might have everything you need to be successful, but unless you are willing to work harder than everyone else, you will never get where you want to be.

Real success comes when you are committed enough to carry out your plans and be consistent in your actions. Consistent execution is the key. Do it over and over again until you reach your goals – and then go further.

If you want to be among the elite in what you do, “work-life balance” has to take a back seat – at least until you gain stability. However, if it were me, I would never do all this hard work with the sole goal of someday having a work-life balance. Oh no, this hard work lays the foundation for even more hard work so that I can achieve as much success as possible in my life. I would never put it all in just to give up and fall behind at the first sign of a little money.

It’s time to decide to do something and then go all-in with it. In business or as an entrepreneur, don’t be half-hearted. This message is not for people who don’t want to start their own business and want to be more successful. You may have to sacrifice a few things in the process, but you’ll get there much faster if you put in the effort.

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