The Simple Success Advice That Most People Aren’t Following

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“If other people are putting in 40-hour workweeks and you’re putting in 100-hour workweeks, then even if you’re doing the same thing, you know that you will achieve in four months what it takes them a year to achieve.” – Elon Musk

“Work hard” might sound like generic advice, but so few people follow it that it’s worth discussing.

When I joined DoorDash in early 2015, I assumed that a high percentage of people would be working long hours and doing everything in their power to help the young startup win.

The reality was that a small percentage of people busted their asses while most team members treated it like a 9-6 job.

Working extremely hard is why I got promoted seven months after joining. And it’s a primary reason why some coworkers rose to become leaders at the company or are now leading their own companies.

Because most people don’t work hard, you’ll be miles ahead if you follow the simple advice of outworking your peers or the competition.

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I've been building digital businesses, wandering the world, and writing about optimizing life for freedom since early 2017. My mission is to lower the barrier for people who want to live with more freedom: whether that be as an entrepreneur, a digital nomad, an early retiree, or just as someone who wants to live a happiness-driven life.