Working Hard Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Working Long Hours

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Hard WorkAsk anyone what makes a successful entrepreneur and one of the qualities they list will most likely be hard working. It’s a general perception that hard work equals a successful venture and I have to agree with that. However does hard work mean working long hours?

Although every entrepreneur will find themselves working long hours at one time or another, it doesn’t mean that’s the way it has to be every day. Personally I feel that time is not an adequate measure of hard work. The true measure of hard work is understanding that you have worked to the best of your ability to complete your goals.

Not everyone is cut out for working an 18 hour day; I know that I’m not. And at some point you need to realize how long you can work for and when your time stops being productive. All aspects of life demand hard work, but constantly burning the midnight oil is often ineffective.

The key to being effective is being focused and passionate about your business. There are certainly times when a 15 to 18 hour day is needed to get things done and being passionate about your business will only make those days easier and more productive.

You need to be prepared to work hard, focus on the tasks at hand, and reach goals to be successful. Sometimes this will mean working a long day, sometimes it won’t. Have the desire to win no matter what and do whatever it takes to succeed and you will.

Stay tuned to my poll results for “How much time do you spend working online daily?” at the end of the month. If you haven’t already participated in the poll, please do so. It’s located in the right column.


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    1. 1 Scot Smith June 20, 2007

      I agree. I often find myself working 16 or 18 hour days but I think if I got a full night’s rest every night and spent half of that time working very efficiently I might get more done.

    2. 2 Zahasman June 21, 2007

      Not as easy for someone who has a full time day job and then working on internet ventures at night like myself.. but then all work and no play makes jack a… well you know… so yes i save a couple of hours for leisure and rest :)

    3. 3 » How Much Do You Really Need to Start an Online Business? by Erik Karey: Internet Entrepreneur June 21, 2007

      […] The old saying is you need money to make money, but is that really true on the internet? To a degree it is true; it definitely makes it easier to create a site, hire extra help and market the site if you have the cash to throw around. But, I feel its equally feasible to launch a site and market it with very little cash, its just require a bit more hard work. […]

    4. 4 shaun June 21, 2007

      I agree it’s hard work going to school for 6 hours a day, doing 1-2 hours of homework then working on my blog, and working on my new ecommerce store. I find it really exhausting. Sleep=good lol.

    5. 5 Joyce November 5, 2011

      Working hard doesn’t necessarily mean working long hours. But I guess it depends on the business or the career you are in. I have a full time 9-6 job then I work at home right after that and that means long working hours for me and lesser sleep. But it’s all worth it.

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