I finished my show at the school and the teacher said to me, “Where are you headed to this afternoon?”
I replied that it was the only show I had today.
He responded, “Must be nice, all done work for the day!”
Well, not really. I planned on stopping by the music store to pick up a new mic cable, then respond to a few booking requests, update my blog, work on a new website, write a song, do some accounting work, and the list goes on.
I was just getting started.
Hearing this is nothing new. I heard it often from the time I was a child. Not about me, but about my dad.
He was a minister. As a minister, people assumed he only worked one hour a week.
After all, church was an hour.
But growing up my dad was always working. There was preparation for the sermon, there was hospital visits, or funerals, or meetings, the list went on. I knew there was a lot more to it.
I’m a big fan of Tim Ferris. I’ve read all of his books and listen to his podcast. He’s been successful at branding his “4 Hour” concept. The first book was the 4 hour workweek which talked about how importance of outsourcing and that you could be successful working just 4 hours a week. He went on to write the 4 Hour body and chef on the same concept – minimal time to achieve maximum results.
I agree with Tim. I think that when you implement systems or improve your learning techniques you can improve efficiency.
But I also know that to be successful you have to put the work in. There is no way around it.
People often look at the finished product, but don’t realize the hard work.
Leadership is about what you do when no one is watching.