One of the most commonly touted things online amongst the Network Marketing/Internet Marketing community is that the only way to “WIN” is to constantly hustle.
Coffee is the lifeblood of sleep deprived marketers all over the planet, and it's quite common to catch us on Facebook at all hours of the day telling the World that to “make money” you've got to hustle, hustle, and then hustle some more, even if you don't feel like it… do it anyway.
What people don't realize is, once you neglect the asset (you), you steadily run the risk of putting your entire self out of the game. Maybe for ever.
Here's an example.
Geoff was a textbook overachiever. He was fiercely ambitious, and determined to make his mark on the World. He constantly traveled, was on the board of Kiva Microfunds, was co founder of a successful investment fund and had been voted Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the year.
One morning, 36yr old Geoff woke up and it felt like a bomb had exploded in his head. He was sweating and frightened. He didn't feel right. It was like he was experiencing an anxiety attack without the anxiety. His breath was short, his head was buzzing, something was clearly amiss.
After a clear diagnosis, his doctor gave him two choices. He could take medication for the rest of his life to deal with his symptoms, or he could completely disengage from everything for a year or two to recover from his illness.
Geoff had literally, almost worked himself to death, this was the result of three years of sleep deprivation.
*Shattering* The Sleep Stigma
If protecting out asset (ourselves) is so important, why do so many people find it so easy to give up their sleep? The main reason is because many people view sleep as something that gets in the way of their “hustle”, instead of viewing it as a necessity.
Without the right amount of sleep, vital cells will not regenerate. We need sleep in order to function properly.
Also, a lot of people don't realize that one hour of extra sleep a night can actually result in many more hours of top quality productivity the next day. Cutting corners on sleep is counter productive. Sleep deprived people may work longer but it doesn't necessarily make them any more productive.
Yes, they are up all hours of the night “hustling”, but are they really just a human time “bomb”waiting to explode.
In a Harvard Business Review by Charles A. Czeisler called “Sleep Deficit, The Performance Killer“, Professor Czeisler likens sleep deprivation to consuming too much alcohol.
Society continues to celebrate people who hustle long and hard without or with very little sleep. Sleep deprivation kills many people, or makes them very ill. It also continues to kill many people in automobile accidents and accidents at work.
In the past 5 yrs, over 1.35 million people have been killed in car accidents due to “driver fatigue”. just in the USA alone.
“The general effect of sleep deprivation on cognitive performance is well-known: Stay awake longer than 18 consecutive hours, and your reaction speed, short-term and long-term memory, ability to focus, decision-making capacity, math processing, cognitive speed, and spatial orientation all start to suffer.
Cut sleep back to five or six hours a night for several days in a row, and the accumulated sleep deficit magnifies these negative effects. (Sleep deprivation is implicated in all kinds of physical maladies, too, from high blood pressure to obesity.”)
So what can be done?.
Realize that although we all want to empower ourselves to have this “no limits” lifestyle, and way of thinking. Very few people can actually keep up the whole no, or very little “sleep” thing. And those that do, tend to be building up serious problems down the road for their physical and mental health.
I would personally say this , if what you're doing cannot be done in the 16 hrs that most people are awake. Are you creating a business or a job with very long hours? We all do non essential things at times, but some people make a lifelong habit of it.
In my view. The best way to live a long and healthy life, which in essence is really the whole meaning behind the word “Success”. we should learn to balance our work /leisure life better. More sleep makes us more awesome and also more productive.
So, to all my sleep deprived network marketing friends. Remember the sleep you are cutting now, could be costing you dearly in the future, here's to your health, wealth and future happiness.
If you got value from this post, please do comment below and share the post.
P.S Instead of staying up all night hustling, why not have people chase YOU down?. Think it's not possible?. Think again, Click here to find out more.
PPS People that liked this post, also liked this one.