The Hours Spent After Work

For commoners like us, the hours spent outside work determines what kind of life you will be leading. Most of us have no choice but to get a day job after graduation from the university. In Singapore’s context, during my time in 2011, you will get $2500 a month on the lower end, perhaps $3000 as the median or about $5000 if you are good. Regardless of what it is, a difference between the top and the bottom tier is about $1500. That may seem, and is a lot by the fresh graduate’s standard. But when put into perspective 10, 20 or even 30 years into the future, $1500 will be a small sum compared to the difference between many of us.

There are those who will make it far up the career ladder. They can be general managers, directors or even CEOs of big MNCs. They must have spent countless hours doing overtime, either in the office or at home.

There are those who make it big by doing smart investing. They spent countless hours learning how to invest and trade various things, from shares to commodities to options to forex, etc. They have also met with countless failures, which may wipe out their past profits.

Then there are those who do business out of their work hours. Setting up a business is no easy feat. There are always problems you have to solve.

Regardless of which, one thing is for certain. That the little effort you put in everyday will widen the gap with those who spend their time on other things. I will be clear about this. There is nothing wrong with wanting a work-life balance, with spending time with your family, with resting enough to take care of your health. These are all perfectly legit reasons, and people who are earning an honest living have every right to think that way.

But, we are talking about achieving success. Success comes at a cost. The legit reasons mentioned above often hinders one from achieving success. Why? Precisely because they are legit reasons. If I tell someone that I want to spend more time with my family after work, who can fault me for that? Who can persuade me otherwise that resting after work for my health is the wrong thing to do? Yet, it is also a fact that people who think that way do not put in extra effort for their success, and hence in a way, not unexpected that they remain an average person.

We often overestimate what we can do in a day, and underestimate what we can do in a lifetime. Pace it out, have the rest you need, but make the necessary sacrifice for the extra effort. 1 step more a day will mean 100 steps further than the average person, and 1000 steps further in 1000 days.

We do envy those who can enjoy now. When my friends are sleeping, I am working. When they are having fun, I am working. When they are working in their day job, I am too. Even when I am outside having dinner with family and friends, I often have to be rude and use my phone to reply to customers. This is the cost of my road to success, which I have not yet obtained.

There might be people who got their success easy. But I know for people like me and many others out there, such luck will never be upon us. This is not a feel good seminar to prep you up for success just by empty talk. Be prepared to put in the time and effort if you want your success.

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