Do you believe that hard work is what it
takes to be successful? I know this sounds bad,
but I think it’s one of the most bullishit ideas that’s emerging in the culturescape
today. Hard work has very, very, very little to do with success.
But do this, if you just open up Instagram and follow most entrepreneurial channels
on Instagram there’s this bullshit simplistic motivational pictures that you
see consistently about working 100-hour weeks, about working harder than
the competition. I mean, check this one out. This one is apparently
a quote from Elon Musk that says, “Work like hell. I mean,
you just have to put in 80 to 100 hours every week. This improves the odds of
success.” The problem is it doesn’t. You see, science shows that after around
50 hours of productive time, your productivity goes down.
But what happens is, if you continue pushing yourself,
often due to lack of sleep, due to lack of taking care of your health,
you have failed relationships. You have failed social connections.
You have sleep deprivation which is reducing your cognitive abilities,
which means your performance starts depreciating. You start aging more.
And so, this whole idea of hard work as a means to success is one of the most dumb
ideas that entrepreneurs are putting out. I used to believe it and it ruined me and
it slowed down my growth. Now, there’s an alternate idea,
and if you’ve read Michael Singer’s book, “The Surrender Experiment” he’s at the
whole other end of that spectrum. In “The Surrender Experiment”
Michael Singer, he, by the way, is the guy who also wrote
“The Untethered Soul” which is a New York Times bestseller,
but I prefer his book “The Surrender Experiment.”
He built a billion-dollar company through what he calls “The Art of
Surrender,” regular meditation, getting into flow.
So, what is going on here? How do you have these two opposing
thoughts from people who are building massive businesses, who are massively
productive, and one is about hard work and one is about surrender. Now,
I was thinking about this a lot for the last five years because this matters to
me. As an entrepreneur, I want to be able to get a lot done but I
don’t want to break myself doing it. And what I realized,
and I shared some of this in my book, “The Code of the Extraordinary Mind”
is that it’s not binary. It’s not about hard work nor is it about
surrender. It’s not binary rather there is a layering to it. In my theory,
I suggest that there are four different levels of consciousness and if you’re at
the first level of consciousness, you need hard work. But very rapidly you
can move to the next level of consciousness and at the secondary
level of consciousness you start learning particular tools that allow you to do more
with less work. Now, you want to move up. Now, there’s a third level of
consciousness which a lot of people don’t even know exists. At that third level of
consciousness, your goals no longer even become important. At that third level of
consciousness, you’re tapped into something else.
And there’s a fourth level of consciousness which is where some of
the most remarkable people in the world I’ve seen play at and they just seem
blessed by luck and they are not breaking themselves with hard work. So. in short,
this binary idea, hard work versus surrender is not really binary.
You can flip it around. And what you need to do depends on what of
the four levels of consciousness you’re currently operating on. So,
if you find this idea fascinating, if you’ve wondered about this,
this hard work idea as I have, check out this master class I’m doing.
It’s about an hour and 10 minutes that I go deep into these theories and I share
with you the four levels of consciousness and the protocols and the tools that
I’ve been bringing in in these four levels to maximize my impact in the world and I
think you might find this really interesting. So, as you guys know,
I’m an ardent consciousness hacker from teaching meditation for five years to
launching meditation apps to putting myself through a lot of different systems
for playing with my consciousness. I’ve tried to figure out how to access
altered states to maximize productivity. And really, this whole thing about hard
work guys is rubbish. It is absolute rubbish.
It’s a bullshit idea that needs to be swept into the dustbin of history because
it only applies to people who are operating at the most basic level of state
awareness. So, anyway, check out this master class if you find
this idea interesting. I’d love to know your thoughts and I’d
love to see what you think.