What Can You Do for Eight Hours a Day?

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"It's a shame that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day is work.
He can't eat for eight hours;
he can't drink for eight hours;
he can't make love for eight hours.
The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work."

~ William Faulkner

This saying is probably true for most of us, especially for those that work a J.O.B.

I find that for myself, running my writing business means working more than eight hours each day and even on the weekends.

My New Year Resolution this year was to set work hours. I strive for:

8a - 5p Mon through Fri

NO WEEKENDS

Sadly, like most New Year Resolutions it did not take me long to break it

The green head of jealousy rises every time I hear someone in a WSO claim to make X amount of dollars by only working one hour or two hours a day.

How others can do long work weeks month after month and not complain about it is a mystery to me? Unless of course, like me they really love what they do.

So fess up, do you work eight hours a week at your online/offline business?
#day #hours #new year resolutions #work week
  • Profile picture of the author HappyLuke
    Over the last weekend i slept about 2-3 hours because the ideas kept gushing out. i've been a non-stop writing machine on my success manual. I can literally feel the ball of success in my hands. I can feel it, it is so close.
    my mom asks me "what are you doing?". I say, "working. Mom, even when I'm sleeping my mind is figuring out my business problems."
    That’s the kind of life I like, cause I've turned it into a game.

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    • Profile picture of the author absoluteallen
      I work a part time JOB and spend 3 hours writing.

      How's that working for me? Great!

      I value my time more than I value money but I need at least $6,000 a month to retain what I have.

      No weekends here, nope.. unless I am done with yard work and want to kick back on the deck with the laptop doing side projects.

      Will I ever work 1 hour a day even if I'm making $30,000 a month doing so? I doubt it, I was raised to work hard even if I don't have to.

      I know, context. No I don't work 8 hours a week. I only posted to promote my sig
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  • Profile picture of the author buckeyes09
    Watch college football. I mean, wow, that's all day fun.

    Pertaining to the OP, whatever I am motivated to do.
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  • Profile picture of the author hardinflash
    Pretty certain I've made love for over 8 hours. OUTSOURCE, make other people work for you!
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    • Profile picture of the author Adrian Int
      Originally Posted by hardinflash View Post

      Pretty certain I've made love for over 8 hours. OUTSOURCE, make other people work for you!
      That takes some stamina... haha


      With regards to the OP - I work in excess of 8 hours a day.

      Those who work less are only able to do so because they're already put in the time and effort required to get to that stage.

      There is a very fortunate state that you can reach in a capitalist economic environment where you can extract more value from the thing you OWN than your ever could from an hour's labour.

      Imagining that you could "be at that stage" is a lot of fun - and plenty of Newbies have found themselves seduced by that idea in the past. The truth is that an online business doesn't exist outside of the regular rules of business, and with the barrier to entry so low, online work tends to attract more people with "time" (labour) as their primary resource than "money".

      That being said, I think you'll find that most people on this forum will fall into one of the 3 catagories below:

      1) Already Made It. - Time for a drink on the beach!

      2) Works Long Hours. - On the way to making it.

      3) Doesn't put in the required time or effort. - Just here to dream. (and waste money on WSOs they never use)



      Cheers,
      -Adrian

      PS: I agree. Don't be afraid of outsourcing!
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    • Profile picture of the author buckeyes09
      Originally Posted by hardinflash View Post

      Pretty certain I've made love for over 8 hours. OUTSOURCE, make other people work for you!
      Interesting paragraph.
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  • Profile picture of the author bruday
    Yes.I do it too.
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  • Profile picture of the author joyfulwraps
    Regarding outsourcing:

    In order to save time, I will outsource some of the tasks especially with my marketing website but never my writing because I feel that those who order from me are buying because of my skill and talent as a writer not some unknown individual.
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    • Profile picture of the author celente
      Originally Posted by joyfulwraps View Post

      Regarding outsourcing:

      In order to save time, I will outsource some of the tasks especially with my marketing website but never my writing because I feel that those who order from me are buying because of my skill and talent as a writer not some unknown individual.
      Look when you learn how to outsource properly and the money you spend is less than the money the outsourcers bring in, then you are are a winner and in PROFIT. Then you can re-invest all the money back into outsourcing again and win more.

      I would rather be a GENERAL IN THE AMRY, then a SOLDIER IN THE TRENCHES too many people waste their time in the business and do not see that you have to work ON your business to keep it pumping profits.
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      • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
        Originally Posted by celente View Post

        I would rather be a GENERAL IN THE AMRY, then a SOLDIER IN THE TRENCHES
        "Five Antonio Salieris won't produce Mozart's Requiem. Ever. Not if they work for 100 years. (...) The mediocre talent just never hits the high notes that the top talent hits all the time. The number of divas who can hit the f6 in Mozart's Queen of the Night is vanishingly small, and you just can't perform The Queen of the Night without that famous f6." - Joel Spolsky

        It is one thing to admit that you cannot hit this particular high note, and to hire someone who can.

        It is quite another to hire a bunch of Antonio Salieris so you can eat Froot Loops and watch Scooby-Doo.
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  • Profile picture of the author joyfulwraps
    Good reply Adrian,

    I'm not afraid of outsourcing, I do believe it has many benefits and time is money after all, so anything that can be outsourced should be. I just believe that there are certain instances where people pay for the individual's skills and talents and in that case, it should not be outsourced.

    Learning about time management and being successful at it is a very important skill for entrepreneurs to have especially when the business starts to grow. This way, when outsourcing is not possible you can make the best use of your time.
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by joyfulwraps View Post

    The green head of jealousy rises every time I hear someone in a WSO claim to make X amount of dollars by only working one hour or two hours a day.
    I launched a WSO last January that made over $8k in a week.

    From the time I hit the "go" button to the time I had $1k in sales was about 45 minutes.

    Now back up.

    Writing the sales copy and planning the launch for that product took two weeks.

    Writing the product itself took four months.

    When you do all the math, it ends up being a little over $1,800 a month from start to finish.

    Similarly, I'm doing a series of smaller products right now. The first one has made about $600. The next one should make two or three times that. And I expect them to level off at around the $3k mark by summertime, and to continue generating sales of some $50-$100 a week. By this time next year, that should be generating a reliable $45k annual income with near-zero work. Maybe an hour a month or so.

    But it's going to take a year to get there.

    I'm in my third year of making what amounts to squat-fifty an hour building a real business that really works. In the fourth and fifth years, when it finally starts generating a real living wage and moving closer to a "success" level income, there will be a lot of jealousy.

    But there isn't much jealousy going on when I make $50 in a month and have to scrape through for two weeks eating a half-cup of Minute Rice and two cubes of chicken bouillion a day.

    There's some laughing. There's some pointing. There's some head-shaking. There's even a bit of name-calling.

    And when I start generating real income, people will come up asking what the "secret" is. What did I find? What did I discover? How did I make it happen?

    I can tell you that now.

    I scraped through eating rice and bouillion for two weeks.

    Tony Robbins said it in the late 1980s: Are you willing to do what you need to do to get where you want to go?

    Most people can't be arsed. It's inconvenient. They want their McDonald's Dollar Menu and their Starbuck's lattes and to see the latest movies in 3D.

    The product line I'm putting out there right now is an eighteen month process. I'm about halfway through it. It was over eight months before it made me a dime. And during that eight months, I went to bed hungry more times than I bothered to count, shifted grocery budget to buying software, cancelled subscriptions I would really rather have kept... all without even knowing that it was ever going to make me any money at all.

    I am not special. This is the same story you will hear from hundreds of people that became successful: the struggle to make it happen with nothing. The difficulty of getting through the early stages. The sacrifices, the uncertainty, and then... ultimately... the tipping point.

    Nothing reaches the tipping point without a lot of heavy lifting in the early stages. But once it tips, it falls into place fast and hard. Stop looking at the tipping and falling into place. Go look at the heavy lifting. That's where the "secret" is.

    Hell, that's the damn secret.
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    • Profile picture of the author absoluteallen
      Originally Posted by CDarklock View Post

      I launched a WSO last January that made over $8k in a week.

      From the time I hit the "go" button to the time I had $1k in sales was about 45 minutes.

      Now back up.

      Writing the sales copy and planning the launch for that product took two weeks.

      Writing the product itself took four months.

      When you do all the math, it ends up being a little over $1,800 a month from start to finish.

      Similarly, I'm doing a series of smaller products right now. The first one has made about $600. The next one should make two or three times that. And I expect them to level off at around the $3k mark by summertime, and to continue generating sales of some $50-$100 a week. By this time next year, that should be generating a reliable $45k annual income with near-zero work. Maybe an hour a month or so.

      But it's going to take a year to get there.

      I'm in my third year of making what amounts to squat-fifty an hour building a real business that really works. In the fourth and fifth years, when it finally starts generating a real living wage and moving closer to a "success" level income, there will be a lot of jealousy.

      But there isn't much jealousy going on when I make $50 in a month and have to scrape through for two weeks eating a half-cup of Minute Rice and two cubes of chicken bouillion a day.

      There's some laughing. There's some pointing. There's some head-shaking. There's even a bit of name-calling.

      And when I start generating real income, people will come up asking what the "secret" is. What did I find? What did I discover? How did I make it happen?

      I can tell you that now.

      I scraped through eating rice and bouillion for two weeks.

      Tony Robbins said it in the late 1980s: Are you willing to do what you need to do to get where you want to go?

      Most people can't be arsed. It's inconvenient. They want their McDonald's Dollar Menu and their Starbuck's lattes and to see the latest movies in 3D.

      The product line I'm putting out there right now is an eighteen month process. I'm about halfway through it. It was over eight months before it made me a dime. And during that eight months, I went to bed hungry more times than I bothered to count, shifted grocery budget to buying software, cancelled subscriptions I would really rather have kept... all without even knowing that it was ever going to make me any money at all.

      I am not special. This is the same story you will hear from hundreds of people that became successful: the struggle to make it happen with nothing. The difficulty of getting through the early stages. The sacrifices, the uncertainty, and then... ultimately... the tipping point.

      Nothing reaches the tipping point without a lot of heavy lifting in the early stages. But once it tips, it falls into place fast and hard. Stop looking at the tipping and falling into place. Go look at the heavy lifting. That's where the "secret" is.

      Hell, that's the damn secret.
      Love reading this guy. So blunt but truthful and informative. Not only that but he reminds me of someone who jams to Metallica.

      Regardless; I have nothing else to contribute other than go through CDarklock's posts through his profile. You will learn a thing or two.
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    • Profile picture of the author Adrian Int
      CDarklock, I always enjoy reading your posts. (And you have quite a few don't you?.. haha)


      If you take the time to read any of the posts this gentleman has made, you'll usually find great wisdom. Go do it and it'll be abundantly clear that what he has to say is worth listening to.
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  • Profile picture of the author AlexMcLeod
    I'm pretty sure that if you combine making love, eating and drinking, I could certainly do that for 8 hours in a day, especially if you use eating and drinking to break up the effort into small chunks no more than two hours. Now, I'd probably pass out exhausted afterward, but that would not be a wasted day...
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  • Profile picture of the author joyfulwraps
    I agree, I have been reading CDarklock for some time know and when I see that he has posted I click it to absorb some more empowering wisdom. That is why I have been a member of the Warrior Forum for 5 years and 3 months now - the very valuable and mostly FREE education.

    How much time do I spend on the WF? Have to admit there are days that my schedule is too busy to breathe much less read posts but I do make a habit of getting here as often as possible because there is just so darn much I miss if I don't.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Sneen
    Laura, I am going to write about the Spartan and the slacker. The Spartan appears late at night and says, "You can get this and this and this accomplished." Listening to the Spartan, I write down my goals for the next day.

    The slacker appears the next morning and says, "Ah, one day won't hurt. Just kick back and relax!" The slacker is also right. You need some time to relax. What good is building an online income, if you never have time to enjoy it.

    So, schedule your time. Schedule time for work, relaxation, and rest. Write down what you want to do at work the next day. If you are not certain what you want to do, visit the forum...and keep doing that until you figure out what you want to do.

    Then, write out a plan. Of course, changes will be the rule...not the exception. But, the plan will give you direction. Come back to the forum frequently, and keep learning all you can about your niche.

    It sounds so simple. In 8 hours a day, it should be. But, as others have said, the problem might be that you have too much time. Use it wisely---or else, you may end up working a job you hate!
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  • Profile picture of the author nickdamodda
    Originally Posted by joyfulwraps View Post


    So fess up, do you work eight hours a week at your online/offline business?
    I work 20-40 hours a week. Mainly testing offers, managing my workers, making new contacts/meeting up,etc. I'm in high school and still get it done. I like having a lot of money. It makes me feel like I have more power over people. The whole reason I have even started this and continue to do so is to laugh at the people who said I couldn't do it. I heard about making money online when I was 13 and a lot of my friends parents, cousins,etc thought it was a joke. I now own more expensive cars than them and have nicer things than them. I love making them feel bad about themselves. Another reason I continue to do so is because I don't want to be an average american making 35k a year. That's too low for me.



    "The green head of jealousy rises every time I hear someone in a WSO claim to make X amount of dollars by only working one hour or two hours a day. "


    Can't tell if you're being serious or trolling.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Funny... i actually market my business 8 hours a day... literally. Sometimes 12hrs if i got any special projects going on.
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  • Profile picture of the author Usmile
    Your post really struck me. I'm working for 8 hours for 5 days (weekdays). I just seldom spent over time at work since I found it unproductive. I always make sure to give time to my family and friends as well as to myself and I do that on weekends.
    For me though I badly need money, I shouldn't forget my social life
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