It’s Friday! It’s Friday! Gotta get down on Friday! Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend
And that’s enough. You guys want me to get sued? Y’know, she should really be paying me. That song suuuuuucked.
Ah, it’s the weekend. For most of you, that means an extended period of putting your feet up, procrastinating on the honey do list, and large amounts of football or hockey or whatever your chosen screen is showing. Maybe it’s Brazilian fart porn. Whatever. I’m not here to judge.
Wait actually I am here to judge that that’s weird. Stop watching weird porn weirdo.
Usually I’m joining y’all taking weekends off, at least on Saturday. I always allow myself one day where I don’t do any work. That day usually ends up being Saturday, but on rare occasions it can be on Sunday or even Wednesday. Being self-employed allows me a little more freedom, flexibility I’m getting better at taking.
But one day off is usually all I end up taking. By Sunday morning I’m aching to get back to work again, usually getting back to the office by 10am. I might only work until 3 or 4, but I’m there. It gives me enough time to get a nice jump on my week and to finish up any loose ends from the week before.
A key to getting ahead
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Screw the dictionary, this is the real definition of insanity.
We do this all the time. I know single guys who haven’t talked to a girl in years and then they wonder why their only sex partner is the end of their wrist. We all know people who complain about their weight while shoving pieces of pizza in their mouths. And the world is full of people who wrap it up at 4:59 every day and refuse to work weekends that have money problems.
There are two ways to end up with more money. You can either earn more of it or spend less of it. Frugality is a worthy pursuit, but it’ll only get you so far. The key is to make more money.
I like to talk a lot about passive income on this here bluuuuuug. For those of us who are good at saving, investing is the best way to turn our excess money into more money. Cause I tried burying it in the backyard and that ish DOES NOT WORK.
For those of us who aren’t good at saving, there’s really only one way to get more money. You have to exchange your time for it. The good news for most of you is your job likely offers plenty of opportunity to do such a thing. And if not, it’s time to start working evenings and stop taking weekends off.
Successful people are doing it
One of the biggest things separating successful people from the rest of us is their ability to work harder.
It doesn’t matter who we’re talking about. Successful people put in more time. Combine that with working smart and nothing can stop you.
Warren Buffett wasn’t taking weekends off when he was a young man. Bill Gates would spend days at a time at the office back when he was building Microsoft, including Saturday and Sunday. Your next President Donald Trump said in one of his books “Don’t take vacations. What’s the point. If you’re not enjoying your work, you’re in the wrong job. If you want to succeed, you cannot relax.”
These guys are not the exception. They are the norm. You will not find people who have gotten ahead without putting in an assload of time.
Meanwhile, just about everyone I know shows up at the office at slightly before nine and leaves at 5:02, without exception. And then they wonder why Jimmy who shows up early all the time gets the promotion. “Damn Jimmy is nothing but a brown noser.”
Aside: want to get promoted? Show up early. Staying late shows you can’t get your job done in the allotted time. No boss says bad things about the guy who shows up early.
The bottom line
Look, I know you want to take weekends off. Hell, I know an unemployed guy who refuses to even look at a job where he’d have to work weekends. That’s fine. Be poor for your whole life. See if I care.
It comes down to this. If you’re serious about getting ahead, more time spent working will pay dividends — especially when you’re young. That means going to work early, staying late, and putting in time on the weekends. You’ll thank yourself once you hit 50.