“Can you work 130 hours a week?” Yahoo CEO Melissa Mayer described her experience working for Google in its early days. In an August 4th interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Mayer answered her own question: “Could you work 10 hours a week? The answer is yes, if you're strategic about when you sleep, when you shower, and how often you go to the bathroom. The nap rooms at Google were there because it was safer to stay in the office than walk to your car at 3 a.m. For my first five years, I did at least one all-nighter a week except when I was on vacation – and the vacations are few and far between.”
Mayer compares her work ethic to the business startups who use shared office space at her husband's (Venture Capitalist Zachary Bogue) office. “...If you go in on a Saturday afternoon, I can tell you which startups will succeed ,without even knowing what they do. Being there on the weekend is a huge indicator of success. Mostly because these companies just don't happen. They happen because of really hard work.”
Mayer is correct. Hard work is essential to success. But is it the only thing that defines success? And is it an accurate measure? Michael Hyatt, in his latest ebook, “Shave 10 Hours off Your Workweek” has a different take: “In the long run, overworking drives down our productivity. Many of us have tried to push excessive hours for months and years at a time. Is it any wonder that we're burnt out?”
Hyatt says that burnout - “All this running and gunning is costing us a lot – probably more than we think.” He identifies five areas that burnout affects:
• Sanity (or “Emotional Health”)
The antidote to burnout, Hyatt says, is to add margin to our lives. To be intentional about our time, our commitments, and our choices.
Why talk about burnout and business in an article that runs in a Christian radio magazine?
Because it's easy to get wrapped up in our work and lost sight of what really matters. Because sometimes we need to add margin to our schedules so that we can be more effective in our ministries. And because sometimes we need to stop and remind ourselves to remember that God asks us to be stewards of what He's given us: Our families, our health, our relationship with Him, and our testimonies.
How do you define success? How do you model it to your team and your coworkers? Your family? Your listeners? As a Christian broadcaster, your definition of success influences how people view you – and by extension, how they view Christ.
The question, then, is not “Can your work 130 hours a week,” but “Can people see Jesus when they look at your definition of success?