I work in the corporate world. This is horrible advice and a good way to get pigeonholed in to your job. What I like to call the "80% effort people" get promoted. Just good enough to be above average. Anyone who puts in tons of extra effort is going to stay in that spot because they become critical to the job. I've been the latter person more than the former. But I quickly learned how to do things if you want to get ahead.
Edit: really enjoying the conversation on this. Lot of good points made. I am by no stetch of the imagination an expert on any of this. But I've been chugging through the corporate world for almost a decade. I can give any advice if you ask.
Or work like normal and spend time with your family. Success is relative.
Edit: Thanks everyone! You guys make me feel like a success ;)
Yeah I want to spend 15 hours a day 7 days a week working a job I hate so that I can afford a life I’d never get to enjoy because I’d be too busy working...
This is junk in my opinion. Working efficiently and SMARTER than others during your 40-50 is much more beneficial than working your life away. As others have pointed out, the exception is if you are the owner.
That’s good if you are the owner. You get the benefit. If you are the worker then you are just the slave.
What if I do 80-100 hour weeks of poor quality work?
That is terrible life advice.
No way. This is unhealthy, unsustainable, and unrealistic.
Someone should introduce Elon to the concept of "Marginal value".
Every hour isn't created the same. Add 1 hour to a work week and you don't necessarily add 1 full hour of productivity.
If you're working 40 hour weeks, doubling that to 80 isn't going to automatically double your productivity. It might even diminish the value of the original 40 hours by making you tired and burnt out.
[In fact, when Sweden experimented with 30-hour work weeks, it was shown that productivity went UP when hours were reduced. Staff took fewer sick days, they organized more activities, and they generally just got more done.](http://www.businessinsider.com/swedens-short-workdays-boosted-happiness-too-expensive-2017-1
So the real lesson is that it's not the hours of your work, it's the work in your hours.