Getting Ready for Another Week in the 80,000 Hour Journey

Earlier today, I felt a small sense of dread.

The Sunday dreary-wearies if you will. In the end, it comes down to confidence.

I’m confident in being a dad. I’m confident in my gardening skills.

I’m less confident at work right now. As a new sales leader, I’m unsure of myself too often and imposter syndrome is kicking hard. Like any normal person, I dislike that feeling.

But maybe I’m looking at it all wrong.

Maybe I need to remember discomfort can also signify growth and development.

Professional growing pains perhaps.

In any event, tomorrow will come one way or another. And with it will come the call; the call back to the arena.

Today I read about effective altruism and one of it’s main tenets is the concept of 80,000 hours. In this model, the 80,000 hours represents the duration of a typical career. Breaking it down further, it comes to 40 hours a week times 50 weeks a year times 40 years.

It kind of put things into perspective for me.

While I’m still technically in the front half of my career, I’m not sure I’m sold on the idea of working to 65 years of age when the average life expectancy of men in the United States right now is 76.

My own father “only” got 74.

Big questions for another time.

Tomorrow, we’ll get up and get back to it; for tomorrow is another day to try and figure it all out.

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