I'll go first. My limiting belief was about what it means to hustle/work hard.
I used to think that staying up late to finish something was the best solution to getting things done. Or that I needed to work 12+ hours a day on my dreams if I ever wanted to see them realized.
I thought that if I wasn't willing to work until all hours of the day and night, I wasn't a true "hustler" -- or I wasn't cut out to be an entrepreneur. This misconception was aided by all the social media culture surrounding entrepreneurship that made me feel like crap if I wasn't doing something for my business every single second of the day.
If I tried to work nonstop, like social media had me believe was a necessary condition of entrepreneurship, I always ended up exhausted and resenting the work instead of enjoying it. Worst of all, I STILL fell behind on my damn work! Always!
Now, I realize that for me, working myself to death isn't the key to success.
I don't work all day, every day. The Rich20 team works 12-6 Monday through Friday. Sometimes we work a bit later if we're launching a product. Sometimes we don't come in until 1 p.m. We don't typically work weekends.
And yet...business is improving 10x. Counterintuitive, right? Burning the midnight oil by working until 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. is not the best strategy.
If I'm working on something -- unless it's ABSOLUTELY mission critical...like a crucial business meltdown -- I'm much better off shutting down the work for the night and getting up refreshed in the morning.
Cramming doesn't work.
Didn't in high school, doesn't now. And most things (read: 99% of tasks) aren't so time sensitive that they can't wait the extra 6-8 hours for you to recharge and be at your best.
Realizing this has stopped me from going deep into the "red zone" like I used to. I make far less mistakes, feel more refreshed and don't hate my life.
The cool thing is that by working fewer hours -- although I spend less time in the office -- I force myself to really prioritize the important things. More importantly I allow myself to DE-PRIORITIZE the unimportant things (or delegate them).
All of this improves my life and makes me a lot happier -- which actually improves the quality of my work when I am here at the office for those 5-6 hours per day.
Once I decided to reject the idea that 24/7 work was the only way to become successful in business, I opened up an entirely new world of possibilities for myself.
Limiting belief DESTROYED.
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