What’s the 40 Plus Formula?
It’s a formula I found in Brian Tracy’s Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life (Affiliate Link). From the book:
Begin today to apply the “40 Plus Formula” to your work and your career. this formula says that you work 40 hours per week in the United States for survival. If you work only 40 hours per weekif you work only the number of hours that are required of youthen all you will ever do is survive. You will tread water financially. you will make enough to pay your bills and perhaps a little more besides, but you will never get ahead and you will never be successful.
According to the 40 Plus Formula, every hour that you put in over 40 hours on your job, or on yourself, is an investment in your future success. you can tell where you are going to be five years from now by simply looking at how many hours per week you put in on your job. Every hour over 40 that you invest in gettin gmore results for your employer and your customers adds up and contributed to your long-term success.
If you work 45 to 50 hours per week, you give yourself an edge over your co-workers. If you work 55 to 60 hours per week, your long-term success is virtually guaranteed. You put yourself on the side of the angels. Many self-made millionaires work 70 to 80 hours per week to get established in their careers. There are no shortcuts to lasting success.
Now, before we go further I think I need to mention that Brian does not necessarily mean that you have to actually be at your place of employment those extra hours. In other words, you could be working on your career at home by reading and studying and improving yourself rather than watching TV. I think people need to be careful in thinking that you’re only working if you’re on the job. I think that could set a wrong precedent. After all, some people do have other jobs (like being a spouse and a parent). What’s the point in advancing your career if your home life stinks and you don’t know your kids?
And while I dont’ necessarily have a problem with working more than 40 hours per week, I think people would be much better served if…
Just physically being at work doesn’t mean you’re doing anything! We all know of co-workers who are at work all the time but don’t seem to get anything done.
Thoughts? Do you agree or disagree with the 40 Plus Formula?