Working 9-5!

If you’ve got a 9-5 job that you love and never take work home with you, then stop reading right now.

But, if you want to get out of your 9-5 rut, read on my friend, read on.

If you think working 37.5 hours a week is going to get you your dreams, you’re wrong.

If you think working 37.5 hours will draw you closer to your ultimate vision for yourself and your life, let me tell you it’ll never happen.

If you want greatness, if you want freedom (career freedom, financial freedom, creative freedom), then you need to work harder, smarter, longer than anyone else. You need to RISE ABOVE THE CLUTTER that is everyone else and start getting noticed.

Ever hear those people who say “Oh, I always wanted to write a book,” or “I always wanted to be a photographer,” “learn another language,“make more money,” etc.  BUT then they do NOTHING about it??

Don’t be those people.

Don’t look back years from now wishing you had done more, achieved more, became more.

Working 9-5 on your dream is not enough. I have friends that put in 40 hours of work in 3 days. Guess what? They’re a lot closer to their dreams than everyone else.


That means:

  • Saying “no” to a lot of things and a lot of people. (“No, I can’t go to the movies with you, because I’m working on my dreams; NO, I can’t go out for dinner/have tea/coffee/drinks with you, because I’m working on my business”)  Get it?
  • Getting rid of guilt because you said “no” to someone. (Stop feeling guilty for putting yourself first. You need to take care of yourself FIRST, then you’ll have the resources, time and energy to help others.)
  • Recognize you need to work EVERY DAY on your dreams. You need to allocate every, single spare minute you have on getting closer to your dreams. 
  • Forget about “balance,” …….for now.  You can’t be worried about leading a balanced life when you haven’t done anything great yet. Start working on being great, that’s your priority, not balance.
  • Recognize your time wasters. Did you spend more time cooking/eating/cleaning/watching TV/shopping/gossiping than you did on your dreams? Then you’re WASTING YOUR PRECIOUS TIME. While you’re wasting time, you better believe someone else is maximizing their time and getting ahead.

At the end of every day, evaluate yourself. Score yourself. Did you waste time today? Were you average? OR did you maximize your time? Did you move forward with your vision, your career, your dreams?  It’s one or the other. Which one is it for you?


3 thoughts on “Working 9-5!

  1. Aleksandra Coric

    It’s interesting how whenever I failed at something and complained to my closest friends (or just did around the average), they think they are being good friends by telling me I did great! I get so angry then. It almost seems they wanted to see me there from the beginning. And if you succeed, they tell you to slow down or you’re gonna go crazy. They are somehow trying to ‘spare’ me from …. from what? Success? But it’s understandable though. Because to some people getting a university degree is a huge success and I fully respect that. To me, getting a PhD is a success. I bet those who have had their PhDs for many years and many publications behind them are laughing at my last sentence. Well, I’ll get there. With my non-nine-to-five job!!!


  2. Demosthenes

    I still feel though that working 9-5 is a necessity for some–like me. I don’t have parents or close family to lean on for financial support. Working 9-5 is the only way to support myself and my independence the way I want to. If I didn’t have a 9-5 job, I’d truthfully be nowhere. My 9-5 job doesn’t just provide me with financial stability, but has also taught me A LOT in the way of personal growth, professionalism, excellence, independence, efficiency, responsibility, and ownership. I know Maja isn’t knocking those who do work 9-5 because, ultimately, the bills have to get paid somehow–but that’s not the message here. The message is understanding that there’s MORE to working just 9-5–one can do more than this. When you come home at 5 o’clock, rather than spending 2 hours on dinner and 4 hours on television, you can read, write, blog, podcast, and do other things to nurture your full potential. 9-5 isn’t a bad thing–but, not using your time wisely, effectively, and fully IS. Being too comfortable with your 9-5 job to the point where you don’t feel like doing anything else will also get you nowhere. But, in-and-of-itself, 9-5 isn’t a bad thing–you just have to find the time to actively pursue your dreams at the same time.


    • ALLINwithprofmaja

      Yes, you absolutely must work to be financially independent, and most jobs are 9-5. Every 9-5 job I ever had taught me a tremendous amount (especially in terms of sales, and selling skills). But it also taught me what I don’t want from life. I don’t want to be stuck in a 9-5 job becaueys I have no other options. I want to be working all the time on what I love to do. I want to build my dreams, not someone else’s.
      Yes, life doesn’t stop at 5pm when you get home…that’s just when the 2nd part of your life begins.


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