“Working 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks in year and people still calling me lucky” – Elon Musk
That was a tweet someone posted on LinkedIn with a comment that maybe that’s why he’s been divorced 3 times.
One response caught my eye about people underestimating the work ethic and sacrifice required to achieve that level of success. And he feels like people shouldn’t call other people out when they disagree with this type of statement.
I call bs on that…
And here’s why… If Elon came out and said his business is all he cared about and that’s why he grinds so hard then that’d be one thing. I didn’t fact check the divorce stat but if it’s true, it seems to me that he’s looking for something else in his life.
I know multiple people who have lost relationships and ended up regretting how much they gave to their consulting careers.
The other reason I think discussing this type of comment from Musk is a must is because people will see that and think that’s what they have to do to get ahead in their career or business, which is simply not true.
This is actually a frequent mistake I see from people who are trying to get promoted too. They want to talk about how many years they’ve been in the role…
Or how hard they worked during the year…
But they miss this key point — EFFORT DOES NOT EQUAL IMPACT!
That doesn’t mean you won’t have peaks and valleys in time you put in, but 7 days/week for a year? Wouldn’t be worth it to me, and it doesn’t have to be worth it to you.
Learning when and where you need to lean in and how to make your results the story is where you’ll find success. I’ll work on this with you when you go here: