We work really hard for 40 to 45 hours a week, but we believe in people having strong personal lives. Over the past six years, there have been maybe five times I’ve spoken with Steve before 8 a.m., after 5 p.m., or on the weekend.
It’s so tempting as an entrepreneur to think you need to power through and work very long hours, including on the weekend. I don’t believe that’s necessary. I don’t think there is a direct correlation between hours worked and progress / results. Paul English in quote above, founder of kayak.com, says that they work 40 -45 hard hours a week and despite being in business for more than 6 years, has only worked hard on the weekend maybe 5 times. I’ve already broken that in my current startup. Why? Is it really necessary? I starting to believe you can do more with less.