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Sleep Less for Success
topmba.com ^ | June 4 2014 | Archana Rao

Posted on 06/14/2014 7:06:38 PM PDT by WilliamIII

What do Marissa Mayer (Yahoo’s 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?

Give up?

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?".

It’s a valid question, albeit one with an obvious answer. You can’t! 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!

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1 posted on 06/14/2014 7:06:38 PM PDT by WilliamIII
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To: WilliamIII

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.


2 posted on 06/14/2014 7:10:05 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: WilliamIII

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.


3 posted on 06/14/2014 7:10:12 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: WilliamIII

In other words, “take Adderall?”


4 posted on 06/14/2014 7:10:48 PM PDT by boycott
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To: WilliamIII

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”...


5 posted on 06/14/2014 7:10:57 PM PDT by DB
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To: WilliamIII

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.


6 posted on 06/14/2014 7:11:31 PM PDT by Martin Tell (Victrix causa diis placuit sed victa Catoni.)
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To: WilliamIII

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.


7 posted on 06/14/2014 7:14:21 PM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: WilliamIII

I can’t wait to become a workaholic nutjob with health problems. /s


8 posted on 06/14/2014 7:16:17 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: DB

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.


9 posted on 06/14/2014 7:17:50 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Secret Agent Man

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.


10 posted on 06/14/2014 7:20:47 PM PDT by livius
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To: WilliamIII

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.


11 posted on 06/14/2014 7:22:28 PM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: WilliamIII

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.


12 posted on 06/14/2014 7:24:50 PM PDT by jameslalor
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To: WilliamIII

Not worth the price!

Define “success”.


13 posted on 06/14/2014 7:26:45 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: livius

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.


14 posted on 06/14/2014 7:28:23 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Martin Tell

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.

MBA... pfffft.


15 posted on 06/14/2014 7:32:26 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Sequoyah101

“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!


16 posted on 06/14/2014 7:36:17 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (Left wing. Right wing. One buzzard.)
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To: EEGator

I’m doing okay as far as I know...

It does cause one to stop and reevaluate things...


17 posted on 06/14/2014 7:37:53 PM PDT by DB
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To: WilliamIII

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.


18 posted on 06/14/2014 7:39:06 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: DB

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.


19 posted on 06/14/2014 7:42:03 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Everyone sleeps about 7-8 hours on average. You go to sleep at midnight and wake up at 4AM but you will nap eventually.


20 posted on 06/14/2014 7:44:07 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: WilliamIII
This woman sounds like a real joy to be around: always focused on tasks, irrespective of their actual value. Run run run run run. But for what? I've been working for forty years, and I can vouch that most meetings and phone calls and emails are a goddamn waste of time. Besides, there is not a single person anywhere ever who on their deathbed thought to themselves: "If only I had spent more time networking and attending meetings..."

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.

21 posted on 06/14/2014 7:44:40 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Excellent summation.


22 posted on 06/14/2014 7:46:59 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: WilliamIII

I don’t believe for a second that BO sleeps only 3-4 hours a night.


23 posted on 06/14/2014 7:47:06 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: WilliamIII

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.


24 posted on 06/14/2014 7:47:21 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Mr Rogers; Ruy Dias de Bivar

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.


25 posted on 06/14/2014 7:48:49 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: trisham

Weed makes one sleep a lot.


26 posted on 06/14/2014 7:50:13 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: WilliamIII
the trick is not to sleep less, it's to multiply the time.

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.

27 posted on 06/14/2014 7:51:15 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: WilliamIII
Some people naturally require less sleep so they have more time for useful activities, but I don't think you can force it.

28 posted on 06/14/2014 7:51:19 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

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.


29 posted on 06/14/2014 7:51:21 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: WilliamIII

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


30 posted on 06/14/2014 7:54:06 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: WilliamIII
This whole article was a puff piece. The only reason it was written is so they could throw in the name of Barack Ubama as one of those industrious people who sleep less, which I am sure is a lie.

They are desperate to find positive things to say about him, no matter how trivial or untrue.

31 posted on 06/14/2014 7:54:52 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: trisham

Or, on the flip side, who in their right mind would call that failure, a success??


32 posted on 06/14/2014 7:58:51 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: Sequoyah101

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.


33 posted on 06/14/2014 8:00:01 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (Left wing. Right wing. One buzzard.)
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To: EEGator; WilliamIII

J.P. Morgan said he could get a years worth of work done in nine months, but not in twelve.


34 posted on 06/14/2014 8:00:48 PM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: WilliamIII

and remember, every hour of sleep before midnight counts as two.


35 posted on 06/14/2014 8:11:11 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: WilliamIII

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.


36 posted on 06/14/2014 8:14:06 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: WilliamIII

Well, except for Thomas Edison, they are all nonentities of imbeciles. Pass.


37 posted on 06/14/2014 8:27:54 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: WilliamIII
Barack Obama

This is the first I heard of hussein, the man who keeps bankers hours in the Whitehouse sleeping 3-4 hours per night.

38 posted on 06/14/2014 9:07:18 PM PDT by fso301
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To: DB

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.”


39 posted on 06/14/2014 9:15:08 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: livius

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”.


40 posted on 06/14/2014 9:19:16 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: WilliamIII

I remember hearing that neither Thatcher nor Chuchill slept a whole lot.


41 posted on 06/14/2014 9:21:16 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: chajin

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


42 posted on 06/14/2014 9:38:18 PM PDT by carlo3b (Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.. Henry Kissinger)
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To: PastorBooks

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.


43 posted on 06/14/2014 11:21:12 PM PDT by desertfreedom765
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>> 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.


44 posted on 06/14/2014 11:25:16 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: WilliamIII

I haven’t slept since Sputnik.


45 posted on 06/14/2014 11:26:21 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
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.

Eddie Rickenbacker would pull that trick, too. He'd get to the office very early in the morning.

46 posted on 06/14/2014 11:40:45 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: WilliamIII
3-4 hours a day? I call total B.S. Take a group of people and give them only 3-4 hours sleep every night for six months and 90% or more would be hospitalized or dead.
47 posted on 06/15/2014 12:14:29 AM PDT by precisionshootist
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To: WilliamIII

bookmark


48 posted on 06/15/2014 12:25:04 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: WilliamIII

bookmark


49 posted on 06/15/2014 5:00:04 AM PDT by gattaca (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. Ecclesiastes10:2)
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To: WilliamIII

my secret....I started my own business and threw away my alarm clock. Alarm clocks are evil creations.


50 posted on 06/15/2014 7:57:14 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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