I heard somewhere that humans are 50 times more productive than in 1950. This statement was based on GDP from memory. Either way, it’s unnecessary to look the evidence. We can all think of at least a few advances which would make us at least twice as productive as 50 years ago. Therefore we should all be working half as much, right? Right?
I know a truck load of people whom smash 60+ hour work weeks. On top of that, it seems that the more effort and aptitude it took to get their qualification, the more hours they work.
I can give reasons as to why I think this is, but there’s no point to that. This article is about inspiring the more capable readers to actually ask themselves some questions like the following:
“Why the hell am I doing this? I spent 4/5/6 years acquiring my qualification, I am more skilled than most, but I’m working 50-60 hours per week, plus more than 10 hours per week in transit. Houses are now more than 10 times the best salary I can earn, so I can’t buy. What is the point?”
Is it your family saying that you have a secure job? Are you telling yourself that you’ve higher social status because your job title is XYZ?
Remember that if you can’t work, you only get a 2-4 week payout at best.
Also many of the things you want to do you need a 20, 30 or 40 something year old body for. So say by working your ass off. You get to 65 with heaps of cash. You can’t buy your 30 year old body back.
I knew a guy that lived near me who died about 3 weeks ago. he was aged 41. Two friends I studied with died at about 38-39. These 3 people all sat amongst the most capable people you’ll ever meet. They were also handling a lot of stress from working massive hours.
So again ask yourself:
“Why am I doing this? What is the point?”