Skip to comments.Sleep Less for Success
Posted on 06/14/2014 7:06:38 PM PDT by WilliamIII
What do Marissa Mayer (Yahoos CEO), Indira Nooyi (Chairman & CEO of Pepsico), Barack Obama, Condoleeza Rice (Former US secretary of state), Thomas Edison (inventor), Jay Leno (TV host) and Shah Rukh Khan (Bollywood superstar) have in common?
They all sleep or slept for only three-four hours a night. These are just a few of the numerous successful people around the world whose time management regimen barely allows them to get any sleep. Donald Trump once asked, How does somebody that's sleeping 12 and 14 hours a day compete with someone that's sleeping three or four?".
Its a valid question, albeit one with an obvious answer. You cant! There is no competition there. Even if the person who sleeps only three-four hours a day goofs around for a few hours here and there, they would still be in a better position to work towards being more successful! Now let us not get into the argument of what success means. It clearly means different things to different people. To me, success might be providing an excellent education to each and every child on the planet and to others it might mean owning a private jet, an island and an Aston Martin. Both need crazy numbers of hours to be invested from the pool of time you have been given on this earth.
So the question really boils down to how do you use time management skills to maximize the time you have? After only two weeks here at the Darden School of Business, I came to realize that the only way to do this is sleep less!
(Excerpt) Read more at topmba.com ...
Goodness. Like tennis....eggs....butter.....etc. One study says you need more sleep for success and another says less for success. Just do your own damn thing and you alone should decide what success is anyway.
who the hell sleeps 12-14 hours a day? why does trump think that’s what non-ceo high producers normally sleep? that is friggin idiotic. try 6-8 hours being in the normal range.
In other words, “take Adderall?”
When I spent several months sleeping 4 to 5 hours a night because I was trying to get a lot done quickly I had a heart attack... That doesn’t do much for one’s “success”...
Jeff Bezos begs to differ. And I have no respect for anyone in an MBA program. Good night. I need to get my solid 8 hours.
The late pastor at my church prior to my present assignment had started the church in 1950, and served it for more than 50 years; he only slept 4 hours a night, and to him that was normal.
I can’t wait to become a workaholic nutjob with health problems. /s
Hopefully you’re doing better (health) now.
I don’t understand people’s desire to work themselves to death. There needs to be a balance in one’s life.
Different people need different amounts of sleep. And this can vary at different stages of the same person’s life.
I hate it when somebody comes out with these “rules” for basic everyday activities. Or every night, in this case.
This is very foolish advice. You can’t tax your body without a payback down the road, and you don’t want that kind of payback.
That article is highly irresponsible.
Advising people to engage in a behavior that is abnormal, regardless of individual biological variation, pre-existing medical conditions, and with no consideration to the influence such abnormal behavior may have on other risk factors in a person’s life... the mind just boggles. Ladies and gentlemen, human beings are different, some of them will be able to do things that you can’t simply due to their biology, so trying to force yourself to do something that the vast majority of us don’t or can’t isn’t particularly bright.
I guess I can be thankful that the dim lady writing the article is simply a grad student pursuing an MBA, rather than someone important or likely to be listened to.
But, hey, if you’re willing to follow potentially life-altering medical advice provided to you by a business student, then I don’t think there’s much of anything I can tell you that is going to prevent you from aiming for that Darwin Award.
Not worth the price!
I agree; it varies from person to person. During most of my 20s and 30s I probably averaged about 5 hours of sleep per night during the week and tried to pay off my sleep debts during the weekend. As I approached 40 it became increasingly harder to do so. I also started packing on the pounds. I read that the male’s peak testosterone production is contingent on adequate sleep, and I started aiming for 7-8 hours a night. the weight dropped off, and I am generally more productive and alert than when I was trying to burn the candle at both ends.
And I agree. So much BS. I sleep 5 to 8 hours a night and try to stay busy when I’m awake. Meyer and bozo have both done good jobs? Maybe “successful” but not ones to hold out as models.
“Archana Rao is pursuing an MBA at Darden and will spend the summer at the Boston Consulting Group in management consulting. Prior to this she was a Teach for India fellow, maximizing holistic student achievement and championing women empowerment in low income communities.”
Yep! Someone who really knows what works in business!
I’m doing okay as far as I know...
It does cause one to stop and reevaluate things...
I hears Thomas Edison only slept a few hours a night. Later it was found he also had a couch in his office where he took of naps.
Forty eight years ago I tried the four hour a night sleep to see if I could accomplish more.
I found I could not function well after a few days till I went back to an eight hour sleep pattern.
Everyone sleeps about 7-8 hours on average. You go to sleep at midnight and wake up at 4AM but you will nap eventually.
Sleep the amount of time your own body requires, preferably while hugging your partner. Spend time with your kids and grand-kids. Take a nap when you need it. Work when you must, and work hard when you do. Work really hard, in fact, but at tasks that matter - the ones that add value for your clients and customers. And if that takes, oh, more than 10 hours a day, you're probably doing something wrong. Then: go home, have a drink, eat dinner and enjoy the company of the ones who really matter - your friends and family.
I don’t believe for a second that BO sleeps only 3-4 hours a night.
I had an uncle who was a scientist invited to meet with other intellectual lights, organized by Buckminster Fuller.
When my uncle came back, I told him that I had read Fuller credited lack of sleep for his extraordinary creativity.
My uncle responded that Bucky should get a lot more sleep.
Archana. Is that a woman or a spider? Sounds like whatever it is, it should do fine working for the Boston Consluting Group. I don’t think much of MBA conslutants.
Anytime someone tells me they have been working 14 to 16 hours a day I first consider them a liar. Nobody can sustain that for long. I’ve treid, you eventually crash. 21 to 28 days is about all you can stand out on a rig like that when you are in trouble.
A combat nap does wonders. Yes, Edison took naps.
Weed makes one sleep a lot.
eh? you say.
multiply you time, by investing in things that make money without using up much of your time.
TIME is a very valuable commodity that all of us have a limited amount of. Since we are only given a set amount of it, the best and easiest way of making a LOT more money is to invest in things that make money with little or no time input on your part.
Things that fall into this category: rental property, stocks, billboard owner, storage facility, any business that you can hire and trust someone else to competently manage, ect.
Any thing you do that requires your constant presence ... is by definition limited in terms of what you can earn doing it.
I see you are in Arkansas and run Herfords. Nice paintings.
I’m trying to get back up there and do the same. Crazy black cows and me just don’t jibe.
I’ve been to a lot of the places you’ve painted.
Smithing is something on my bucket list.
yeah I ain’t buying it on barak, I am guessing that dude doesn’t miss many zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzs and watches a lot of TV too
They are desperate to find positive things to say about him, no matter how trivial or untrue.
Or, on the flip side, who in their right mind would call that failure, a success??
In the military, I sometimes worked 16-20 hour days...for a week, maybe two. But if you get 4 hours of sleep a night, it WILL take a tremendous toll on most people. I’ve sat in planning meetings where folks were so tired that a question would be followed by 2 minutes of silence as everyone tried to figure out even a simple answer.
I did have a professor who couldn’t sleep more than 4 hours a night, but there are very few like him.
J.P. Morgan said he could get a years worth of work done in nine months, but not in twelve.
and remember, every hour of sleep before midnight counts as two.
If Obama only needs 4 hours of sleep (which I don’t believe) he should have been studying so he’d know how to pronounce the word ‘corpsman” and spell the word Syracuse.
Well, except for Thomas Edison, they are all nonentities of imbeciles. Pass.
This is the first I heard of hussein, the man who keeps bankers hours in the Whitehouse sleeping 3-4 hours per night.
In my industry, you sleep less as every project needs to get done. For the past month, I come home at 10 PM and wake up at 7...getting out of bad at 8. It’s like that Guns N Roses line from Mr Brownstone, “i wake up around 7, get up from bed around 9.”
be pissed at trump, not me. 12-14 hours a day for a normal adult is way too much. we’re not talking exception jobs that may very well fatigue and exhaust a person to need 12-14 hours. he’s not talking about exceptions, he’s generalizing a broad category of people, the majority of people who aren’t super-high-strung power ceo’s.
i’m just citing what the average working person working a mon-fri job generally gets a night. stating what the typical sleep range for working people is isn’t making it a “rule”.
I remember hearing that neither Thatcher nor Chuchill slept a whole lot.
You knew this would happen, some moron would jump up and say that all you require is 4-5 hours.. It’s me.. surprise!
That is it, 4 hours and occasionally 5, tops.. My entire life I have had trouble sleeping, so now I take pills to get 4 hours.. yuck.
I do nap, 20-30 minutes mid day, and have done that forever.. I worked in the restaurant and hotel business 45 years, and fit right in with the long hours.. 7am-2am.. yup
In general... You should eat when your hungry and not by the clock and you should sleep when your tired.
Try to be as productive as possible in the mean time.
Also turn off the dam TV.
>> I came to realize that the only way to do this is sleep less!
Relative to sleeping too much?
Too little sleep is very unhealthy, and the effects of fatigue can be disastrous.
For those not sure, 7-8 hours is adequate for the average adult.
I haven’t slept since Sputnik.
Eddie Rickenbacker would pull that trick, too. He'd get to the office very early in the morning.
my secret....I started my own business and threw away my alarm clock. Alarm clocks are evil creations.