On having a good night’s sleep

We all get the same amount of hours per day. You get 24 hours per day, your neighbor gets 24 hours per day and even Elon Musk. If we all get the same amount of time per day, how does one do more than his neighbor? The answer can come from either being more focused and productive, or it can come from working harder. Of course, doing both is possible for a select few.

If you want to achieve high levels of success in life, then you are going to have to work hard for it. Reading the biographies of Elon Musk, Stephen King, Sam Walton, Arianna Huffington and Bill Gates quickly makes you realize that it isn’t going to be easy. If you work the same amount of hours (the typical 8 per day) as your co-worker and neighbor, then don’t expect to get any further than them. You’re going to have to endure countless sleepless nights. That’s how you get ahead of the masses.

Recently, there has been a major movement promoting the idea of having a good night’s sleep. The movement is trying to undo the belief that sleeping few hours per night makes you cool. For the longest, sleeping a few hours per night has been a badge of honor. I’ve been hearing this a lot from successful people, such as Arianna Huffington and Ryan Holiday. I know they mean well, and I know what they are promoting is good for our health. Here is my problem though.

Would they be where they are today, if they had slept the recommended 7 to 9 hours per night while they were young and ambitious? Would Arianna Huffington and Ryan Holiday be at the height that they now enjoy if they had slept 8 hours per night while establishing themselves? I don’t think so, and I don’t think they would believe that either. The problem is that successful people are giving the ‘sleep more’ advice to unsuccessful people. While they are doing a good deed, unsuccessful people might end up getting screwed if they take their advice word for word.

You should have a good night’s sleep, but if you are young and ambitious maybe you should hold off on that. Follow their actions, not their words. Elon Musk and Stephen King busted their asses off to get to where they are today. If they would have slept 8 hours per night they might have never done anything. How would Stephen King have written a book after work, while caring for a family, and still sleep 8 hours per night? It would have been very unlikely, if not impossible. Stephen King wrote those books on little to no sleep and that is why he is the prolific author and writer that we know today. Same goes for Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Sam Walton and Gary Vaynerchuk.

Having a good night’s sleep is great advice, but if you want to be successful hold off on that for now. You need to work hard and do more while you still can. Take advantage of your youth, because it will soon be gone.