You have probably already heard of the old phrase from Benjamin Franklin on sleep:
“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
We can all agree that everybody needs to give their sleep more attention. It’s critical to optimum functionality throughout your day and can almost be a public service to others since you won’t be as irritable.
But you probably haven’t heard of the other old phrase, coined by Benjamin Franklin’s much cooler, older brother:
“Early to rise and early to bed, makes a man healthy but socially dead.”
You probably don’t know much about Benjamin Franklin’s older brother because he was too busy out socialising, making friends and connections to write and ponder as much as Benjamin himself. Also I made him up.
But as fictitious as he is, he still teaches us about sacrifices we must make when we’re focused and dedicated on our goals.
Deciding to start your day in the early hours inherently means you’ll be missing out on prime evening social life. And that’s really hard.
It’s hard because we’re social animals so sacrificing time with other humans can be worse than smoking if we leave it too much.
But this is just one example of the many sacrifices we must make if we are to focus on our work.
The pursuit of the good life, of the fulfilling life isn’t always easy and it isn’t always pleasant.
In fact, it’s a good sign if you’re struggling for something because that shows how much it means to you.
Constantly avoiding pain in the pursuit of pleasure will leave you feeling empty inside quickly.
Like fast-food, it’s the state-based happiness of hedonism and it’s doesn’t last.
Deciding to be the best version of yourself, whether that’s promoting your ideas or building a business, is super hard. Not only because of the amount of work you put it, but the amount of ‘normal people’ living you miss out on.
But sacrifices are part of the package when you’re focused on your work. It can be really hard of course but not harder than being aimless and lost in your life.
Just like everything in life though, there’s a balance. Socialising is very important so don’t cut it out altogether in the name of discipline. Instead, find out how to make it more fulfilling to you.
Then get back to work.