I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul – William Ernest Henley
These last words from William Ernest Henley’s Invictus might have helped Nelson Mandela cope, but this is also true for Billionaire entrepreneurs. They are always in control of their time and focus on what they are working on.
Do you know what is the difference between a Billionaire Entrepreneur and normal folk like you and me?
Some of you may say things like, they are gifted, they sleep less etc. Some of it may be true, some of it is not. Billionaire entrepreneurs always achieve their personal goals. If they set out to do something, they get it done. They have a 100% record of finishing what they set out to do. They do this on a daily basis!
A packed schedule
Most billionaires have personal assistants who take care of their schedules for them. These schedules are generally very specific and set-up for the entire week. Entrepreneurs focus on reducing their lower level decisions, and that way a prepared schedule gives them the next important item to do without them thinking what it is.
Here is a schedule example of an entrepreneur who has every single hour filled with work that needs to be done. This is how specific billionaire entrepreneurs get.
For billionaire entrepreneurs, lunch is not a social opportunity it is a working opportunity. 30 Minutes of time spent for lunch each day is 3.5 hours a week that is 14 hours a month and 168 hours a year. That is an entire week of work that can be done. Elon is notorious for lunch meetings and figures out a meeting that he can fix while having lunch.
Even in an Interview with Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, he manages to use that time to eat snacks.
They Sleep Well
Contrary to popular belief, most entrepreneurs get 6 to 7 hours of sleep a day. Even Elon who clocks in 100 Hour workweeks gets about 6 hours of sleep everyday according to his Reddit AMA. Billionaire entrepreneurs know that brain function reduces with lesser sleep. They over work themselves during their waking hours, but they do get adequate sleep on a daily basis.
Work Late Hours
Most entrepreneurs work late hours because family, meetings, E-mails, do not disturb them at that hour. They use this silent time to be most productive and churn out maximum work. Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple wakes up at 3.45 AM everyday to get a head start and also uses the first few hours to get peaceful productive time.
What can we learn from them?
- Prioritizing work and listing it down is probably the best thing you could do.
- Take day-to-day tasks and Imbibe work in it, by having lunch meetings, by replying to mails when playing with kids.
- Love your work: Most of this passion for working hard hours and at un-godly hour comes from an inner passion. If you do not love your work, you will be the least productive.