If you weren’t working, what would you be doing?

If the answer is sitting on the beach, going fishing, traveling the world, why not just go and do that? Figure it out – be a lifeguard, or a fisherman, or a traveling salesman. If the answer is anything but what you’re doing now, or what you’re working towards, why waste the time?

The grind is who I am – it’s ingrained.

It doesn’t matter where I’m working, what I’m doing, I am always looking for ways to improve, change, affect, be involved. This is why I struggled with traditional employment – doing my job was never enough, I always seemed to figure out better ways of doing things, and never was empowered to make that change. If I sold my company for millions, I’d probably start another one. Or fully invest into creating content. Or figure out how to run and be a marathon hopper. Whatever the mission, I’d be 100% invested. It’d consume my thoughts the way my business does now.

The key difference is – I enjoy it.

There’s adrenaline in the pursuit. The risk is thrilling. The constant challenge keeps me alert. The looming threat maintains my focus. Each summit brings a new slope in view.
It took a long time for me to figure all of this out. I have struggled with not being able to maintain hobbies. The eight hour day was either not long enough to accomplish what I wanted, or way too long because I was miserable in a menial position.
Honestly, I think this article has merit – but only for a very specific group of people. Employees who are able to increase productivity to the point where they accomplish their tasks before a requested deadline should be allowed to leave, and earn the same salary. It’s pay for performance. But these are hardworking people. Many times this “4-hour workweek” trend is used as a scapegoat for those people who expect to work at the same pace, but shorten their hours.

If you only work four hours a week, you better be out of breath by 3:59.

I don’t think this article has any application for people who are growing businesses. We need to be the first in and last out. If you have an employee that works harder than you, you better up your game or get ready to lose them. And if the life of an entrepreneur doesn’t appeal to you, why bother?
Freelancing is a different beast, MAYBE – if you can learn to hit deadlines quicker and earn more per engagement, you can simply reduce the amount of work you take on. But don’t expect to scale – that’s reserved for the grinders.
And as far as relationships go, the hustlers and grinders out there have a reputation for ruining them – but I think that can easily be blamed on two things: a lack of focus, and a lack of priorities. When it’s family time, my phone is away from me, I don’t respond to emails, text messages (right Al Martinez?), and my mind is completely absorbed in the moment. Focus is not an easy thing to do for a grinder, but it’s absolutely essential to keep those plates spinning. Prioritizing is also vital – without fail, Elise brings our newborn to the office at least three times per week for lunch. In the past, I’ve moved meetings to make that happen, and I’ll do that again in a heartbeat.

To what end?

I’d like to be busier. I’d love to have speaking engagements that require travel. I’d love to have my time valued at such a level that people schedule five minute phone calls. Perhaps it’s a little narcissistic, but I believe that I have a lot to offer, and I absolutely LOVE helping people.
And yes, this probably means I will have to do things to avoid burnout. Things like sleep. And exercise. And then get back to work.
End of rant.