A few weeks back I was up early working on some HTYC stuff and a friend of mine made a comment about how early I was up.
I didn’t think much of it at the time, but since then I’ve said it two or three more times and have really come to like the phrase.
So what do I mean by it?
When I talk about the 8-5, I’m (obviously) referring to your job.
It is very difficult to get ahead and accomplish your dreams and goals if you only work from 8-5 and then vegitate on the couch from 5 until bedtime and then wake up at 7–just in time to get ready and head to work again.
If you were to look at the lives of nearly every successful person in the world, you would find that they work far more than 40 hours a week…and most likely the things that they do are things that are above and beyond the work responsibilities.
Let’s face it, if you are only going to work at 8 and working till 5 you are really just doing the minimum. And the minimum is not going to get you ahead.
You will get ahead by what you choose to do, on your own, before and after that.
To be successful, you’ve got to go above and beyond. You’ve got to work extra at work, and you’ve got to work on yourself when you’re not at work.
What are the benefits of doing this?
1. Promotion. The only legitimate way to ask for a promotion or pay raise is if you are already doing more than you are being paid to do. By putting in extra time and effort, you will attract the attention of those you work for and be more likely to get an opportunity to advance.
2. Career Transition. If you aren’t already doing what you absolutely love doing and want to do for the rest of your life, it is the times before and after the regular 8-5 that you can work on this transition. This might be developing some skills, working on a project, or networking and building relationships.
3. Self Esteem. Knowing you are working harder than most of the people around you will develop self esteem and self respect. There is something very satisfying about knowing that you are working while others are sleeping or watching TV. This self esteem is essential for you to have if you are going to grow, develop and advance in your life.
4. Success. Eric Thomas says it best, “If you only have 24 hours in a day, your success is dependent on how you use the 24!” The work you do before and after the 8-5 will have a greater impact on your success than the work you do between 8 and 5.
He suggested finding 2 hours a week to start. Get up a little earlier, watch a bit less TV, but do something!!
So if you want to keep up, keep doing what you’re doing. If you want to get ahead, take a look at what you do before and after your day job!
Question: Are you keeping up, or getting ahead? What can you do this week to get ahead?
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