It’s how many hours we each get in a day. Rich, poor, middle class. Black, White, Hispanic. Straight, gay, bi. We all get the same 24 hours.
We all get exactly the same amount of time to work with every day. No more and no less. Yet some people seem to get so much done while the rest of us are fighting to keep up. How do they do it? Is it because they have people to help them, trainers… chefs… assistants? Is that how they are doing it? If so, then how did they get to that point in the first place? Were they born with those trainers, chefs, and assistants?
The truth is, most people don’t start off getting everything done in a 24 hour period. The truth is, most people don’t get everything done in a 24 hour period but there is a key difference between the people we see with massive amounts of success and the every day joe.
That one key is consistency.
You see most of the time, when we see someone with massive success we are seeing them at their peak. Think about it, when we’re inspired by an athlete or a musician, an action star or a politician, a motivational speaker or an author we are seeing them at their peak moment. The moment where they’ve finally reached great levels of success.
How many people knew J.K. Rowlings before Harry Potter? How many people knew Taylor Swift before 1989? How many people knew Steph Curry before 2015? It’s not to say that these people were completely unknown, but they weren’t household names prior to these moments.
What we’re not seeing though is how they got to those moments. We don’t see their 24 hours, every day that led up to those moments. But if you take the time to look at their 24 hours leading up to those massive successes you’ll notice some similarities.
- They weren’t perfect. They had off days, but they showed up every day.
- They had drive. They kept trying and trying and trying. Every 24 hours.
- They didn’t waste their 24 hours. They didn’t say, “gosh I need a break.”
- They put in the work, every 24 hours.
They did all of this before the trainers, before the assistants, and before the chefs. They did it even when they could have been watching netflix or going out partying. They did it even when they could have been playing video games or napping. They put in the work for a full 24 hours every day.
And that is the secret hard truth to getting it all done in 24 hours. It’s about sleeping less, playing less, and working more and for some that sounds unenjoyable. For some, people say, “well I don’t want to live that kind of life that sounds miserable” but I think this is the mistake most people make. They equate hard work to not being enjoyable. They think that life is about comfort. That it’s about avoiding hard work and then they can’t figure out why they feel a sense of unfulfilled potential.
But I think if you asked Taylor Swift if she has fun writing her music she would say yes. If you asked J.K Rowling if she had fun writing her book, she would say yes. If you asked Steph Curry if he has fun practicing basketball, he would say yes.
So when you look at what you want to do with your 24 hours and how you can manage to get it all done, if you’re thinking it all looks like a lot of miserable work, then you’re probably going to wind up on the couch again. If you can look at what you’re doing in your life and remember why you enjoy it, why you got started with it, you’ll be right on track to be in line with some of the greatest!