There is no such thing as professional sacrifice for professional success—it’s personal sacrifice for professional success. If you want to succeed, you need to sacrifice your family time, money and pleasures.
Forgo your money
Personal money is that part of your expense that your office will not reimburse. Sometimes, to get your job done well will cost you money—your own money. But when it comes down to personal expense for potential success, a lot of people hesitate or back out completely.
Once I was to do a workshop in Chennai. To save on hotel cost, the client booked me for an early morning flight. But by compromising the previous night’s sleep, I wouldn’t have been able to do a smashing job at the full day event. So I flew down the night before at my expense.
The logic is simple: If you do an average job and save some money, you will earn an average income. If you do an extraordinary job by spending some of your money, you can earn an extraordinary income.
Give up pleasure
The one thing all successful personalities have in common is temporary ‘sacrifice of personal pleasure’. They don’t go clubbing but use the extra time to practise and study. They let go of the ‘hanging out with the boys’ to rehearse and prepare.
Successful individuals let go of ‘immediate pleasure’ for long-lasting success. And once they hit the jackpot, life becomes a party. So many young professionals waste themselves in night clubs and other hangouts ganging up to ‘de-stress’ or ‘bitch about their life at work’.
If you haven’t reached where you are headed, then dig your head in practice and study till you get there. Instead of spending time and money at the hangouts use the time to further your career.
Sacrifice family time
Sometimes you will need to burn the midnight oil and grind your way up. It will need sacrifice of valuable time with your family.
It is smart to make the sacrifice early in life so you can settle down later. It will surprise you but most successful business gurus are ‘family’ people. Having made it big in life, now they just call the shots and get work done on their own terms.
The sacrifice is not life-long. It is to take you to a stage in your career where you can become the boss of your own time, income and effort.
When people work aimlessly without a proper sacrifice plan to reach to the top they also sacrifice unknowingly—they sacrifice their health with the late-night partying, excessive caffeine, smoking; they sacrifice their family time unknowingly by bringing incomplete work and work-related stress at home.
However, such ‘sacrifice’ doesn’t bring them the success they desire. So, it’s best to prepare for compromise knowingly and willingly than to sacrifice your life unknowingly towards a success that will constantly elude you.