No Days Off | You Can’t Get Much Done if You Only Work On Days You Feel Good

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You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.” – Jerry West (NBA Hall of Fame Executive and Player)

Listen in to this special Hummer of Love episode of the podcast with Clay Clark to see why No Days Off is so important to your life and business.

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Although it’s not legal to text and drive to our knowledge, there are no laws against broadcasting while driving. Here’s yet another edition of the Hummer of love on the thrive time show.

Welcome back to another Hummer of love edition of the thrive time show on your radio and podcast download. I’m driving to work and the official time right now is, let me look at it real quick. Is three 41 in the morning, three 41 in the morning. And what does this show about? Well, today’s show is about no days off. Bill Bellacheck the coach of the New England Patriots. My favorite head coach always says no days off. What does he mean by no days off? What do means is that it’s very hard to have a, uh, I wouldn’t say hard. It’s impossible to have success if you only work hard on the days where you feel good. And so, um, yesterday I did not feel good. So did I go get a doctor’s note? No. Did I call in sick? No. I brought some dayquil to work and I had Mr. Larry Brown picked me up in orange juice.

And because Larry Brown always over delivers, he brought me for orange juices and I had that incredible orange juice and that dayquil blend throughout today. And then I reported yesterdays show and I edited yesterday’s show and I went to all of my staff meetings as I always do because that is what I do because I believe in the philosophy of no days off. So as I’m recording this show today, I am 38 years old. Uh, it is what does it now almost march. So see it to February of 2018 and or 2019 actually since February, 2019 and I just haven’t had a sick day and you know, my entire career, I just don’t do it. I don’t, I don’t participate in sick days. It is a mindset that I had to adapt to become a successful self employed person. No, we have a team I could have taken yesterday off.

Yes, there are people that could have filled in for me. Yes. But I did not take the day off. So I want to set the precedent of sort of that iron man mindset that you just get it done. And yesterday, Andrew wasn’t feeling good, but he was at work and there might’ve been other people too, but to my knowledge, Andrew was under the weather and I was under the weather, but we were both there. Why? Because we just don’t take days off. Now there are other people that I knew of in the office yesterday, two of which I knew, very worried what brick closely who are having a tough personal situation going on in their life, a tough, uh, situation in their personal life that was happening that, um, you know, many people could have said, I need to take a personal day and want to, people typically do when they take that personal day.

Typically they typically what lay under a blanket all day lamenting about how rough things are. I don’t know. What do they do? They do. They, uh, I don’t know. I’ve never had a person that, I don’t know if that is when my dad had Lou Gehrig’s disease. I didn’t take a personal day off when my dad came down with cancer. I didn’t take a personal day off and we had, um, my wife had a miscarriage. I didn’t take a personal day off. I don’t know what that is, but I can tell you that it is very hard to have success if you take a personal day off or paid time off when you can’t get paid for the time off because you’re self employed. If you’re self employed, it’s like you’re going into battle and you’re, you’re going through hell. So it would probably be wise not to stop when you’re going through hell. You should probably get through hell and then stop when you get through hell, you probably shouldn’t stop while you’re going through hell, right.

I mean, if you’re in the middle of hell, you probably shouldn’t stop there. You should try keep going. And I’m not sure who this message is for or who needs to hear this word of encouragement or who needs to get this kick in the pants. But if you’re self employed, yeah, you could be annoyed by the sickness. Yeah. You can be frustrated. Yeah, you can, you know, do the Nancy Kerrigan move and say, why me? But at the end of the day, there’s no backup plan, right. Until you have a team and it requires a team to make that dream possible. Now how long does it take to make a team? Well, um, at elephant in the room, we didn’t go into that business for seven years now. For seven years we’ve been building the elephant in the room team. Um, I’ve seen Jonathan Barnett with oxy fresh build that team over the past 10 years.

Um, for the make your life epic team, my marketing agency, it’s taken us 10 years to build that team and we now have a team that is capable of helping me to implement the dream. We have people who are now better than me at certain areas. We don’t have three very talented graphic designers stuff at the office. We now have three very talented video auger fillers. We have now graphic designers, multiple coders. We have call center representatives. We have a lot of people on the team who do a lot of great things now. And it’s exciting to see that happen. Um, but it took a long time to build that team. And I would just encourage you, if you’re out there today and you’re saying, gosh, I want a day off, you probably picked the wrong profession unless it’s a Sunday. Now I am a believer of the sixth day work concept, the six day, which if you’re a Judeo Christian, if you pick up that book there called the Bible, I know it’s controversial, but if you pick up that book, there is a chapter there called Genesis.

There’s also a chapter called exodus. Or if you just do a Google search for the sixth day, you will see verses where God, the creator of the planet talks about the importance of working six days and resting on the seventh. Um, some people who are, um, it’d be really into old school biblical literature. I will often talk about the Hebrew, the Hebrew calendar, which is essentially you worked from sunup to sundown six days a week and you rest on the sabbath. So not to make this a religious thing, but the thing that we have to embrace, the mindset we have to have is that if you want to be successful as an entrepreneur, you have to be willing to work six days a week. You just have to, and you have to be able to fight through the pain. And nobody said yesterday, good job, clay.

Wow, you’re working on a six day on the sixth day buddy. You’re working on a sick day buddy. No one said, wow, you’re working on a day where you don’t feel good. That’s awesome. And Mom didn’t call me to say, good job. My wife didn’t say good job. Nobody said good job for working through the sick days. They just assume it’s going to happen because if you’re self employed, that’s what you have to do. Nothing is more sad. Nothing is more terrible than watching somebody who wants to be an entrepreneur. I’ll call them a wantrepreneur, who’s running around, you know, wanting to be an entrepreneur but only getting paid based off of their results and their, you know, their, their efforts really aren’t that great. It’s really sad to see somebody who wants to be an entrepreneur who’s putting in, you know, half effort half of the time and they’re just struggling to make ends meet because they can’t seem to figure it out.

The idea that they don’t have sick days. So again, if you’re out there thinking about starting a business and you’re fascinated with the idea of getting sick days, I definitely would not become an entrepreneur. And if you are an entrepreneur and you have a sick day, you got to get to work, man, you gotta make it happen. You just, you cannot take days off. You can’t be taking days off to go to your kid’s Perth Day party at school and they’re third grade graduation and their volleyball tournament and their cheer tournament and there, you can’t be taking days off to do that. When you’re starting a company. You have got to keep it together. You’ve got to be the sales. You gotta be offense. You gotta be the defense. You gotta be the accounting. You got to be the office should be the marketing, the you gotta be the defense, the accounting, the legal, the administration.

You have to be this special teams. You’ve got to deliver a product and service that wows people. You’ve got all those hats to wear and I would encourage you today to don’t stop. If you’re going through hell, don’t stop. Just keep on going. Rise and grind. Just keep pushing, keep moving, keep pushing. Don’t stop. If you’re thinking about pushing to yourself, ah, out of the work day for a day and saying, hey, want to go back into bed and take a day off, don’t do it because you will get overwhelmed. You come back to work after taking that day off that you couldn’t afford to have and you’re going to be overwhelmed. You’re going to have more paperwork, more buildup, more voicemails to return. You can’t let it slip. If you’re going through hell, do not stop. My name is Clay Clark and this is a Hummer of love edition of the thrive time. Show on your radio and podcast download, encouraging you as an entrepreneur, as a self-employed person. They’re simply can be no days off.


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