Yes, I work almost every weekend.
But so did my father, and my grandfather.
My older brother also works almost every weekend.
See, we didn’t grow up with much. My father worked every weekend so that we can stay afloat. My brother and I work every weekend so we can get ahead.
It’s our competitive spirit that doesn’t want just what’s suitable for our family, but instead, we want the best.
There are two main camps of entrepreneurs these days. Those who say hustle and kill yourself every day or you’re not going to make it and those who say it is about finding balance and joy in what you do.
Both camps are right in some sense, but the question is what blend is right for you?
I typically work 11-12 hours a day on weekdays, 8 hours on Saturdays, and 3-5 hours on Sundays. This is what I know I can sustain without burning out. I don’t tell you this for your praise or your pity. I tell you this to help you understand what I am willing to do to achieve my goals.
Friends and family often shame me, saying “Fahd, you work too much!” But who are they to determine what is too much for me?
The truth of the matter is that most of you have ambitious goals, and you daunt yourselves and create pressure. You feel like failures when you’re not achieving them. You talk negatively to yourselves about being too lazy, and not being good enough when you don’t work towards your goals.
But do you really want them?
Next time you think you want something, ask yourself “Am I willing?” – I took this trick from the author Gary John Bishop.
Am I willing to do what it takes to actually achieve that goal?
Because many of your goals take extreme amounts of sacrifice, and you might want the result, but you also have to want the process.
Did you read that? You have to want the process.
And if at this moment you just realized you don’t, that’s good. That’s the first step in removing the unhappiness in your life that you created by chasing a goal that you never actually wanted.
What are you willing to do?