Why I Hate The ‘We All Have The Same 24 Hours’ Line Bull Sh***ing Hustlers Like To Throw Around!

Nothing Grinds My Gears more than this one specific saying that seems to get thrown around by many of the ‘successful’ motivational coaches and their wannabe followers. 

In fact, it’s probably mentioned more by their followers than the big guys themselves.

That saying is…

‘We All Have The Same 24 Hours Each Day!’

From a TIME perspective, this is a fact. 

It is true, we do all have the same 24 hours that make up an Earth day… but that is it, that is all it means. It is a measurement of the working universe.

But as a saying, it is far too simplified and doesn’t recognise the rest of the variables and factors which make up the human experience.

I mean, think about this for a second:

A young entrepreneur with an abundance of energy and good health has the same 24 hours as the person laid in hospital in a coma.

I can tell you that the person in the coma will not be as successful as the young entrepreneur dude.

‘But that’s obvious!’ they shout. ‘That doesn’t count because the person is in a coma!’

Yes… it is obvious, that’s the point. It is meant to be obvious so that you can clearly understand the idea.

The bull shitting hustlers who don’t like it when I confront them over it and continue to argue the toss, are not correct.

They are people with fragile egos who won’t or can’t admit that what they are wrong and that what they have been preaching is flawed and harmful.

It’s not that I am being a negative ‘Debbie downer’ on purpose, or that I am making up ‘excuses’ which will prevent me from succeeding, it is a true observation of real life. 

It is the true understanding that people are different and time means nothing in most cases.

Every human has a different life experience and time is just the one constant factor that is the same for all of us.

Everything else is different.

Including: 

  • Energy levels.
  • Personal circumstances
  • Biological differences.

It was said that Margaret Thatcher, when she was the British prime minister, could run the country on just 3 or 4 hours of sleep.

I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t run a bath on just 3 hours of sleep.

My partner has CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome also called ME) and Fibromyalgia, and I can tell you this… the difference between our daily output is HUGE.

The gap between what I can do and she can do each day is VAST, and it has nothing to do with how much she ‘WANTS IT’ as they like to say.

She would love to go back to how she used to be before being diagnosed with these shitty conditions.

She would love to spend a day without…

  • Constantly being exhausted.
  • Feeling sleepy.
  • Constant aches and pains in her body.
  • Her skin being too tender to touch.
  • Crippling pains in the stomach and being bloated.
  • Having to deal with many food intolerances.
  • Dizzy spells.
  • Brain fog, forgetfulness, trouble thinking, and mixing up her words.

Yes, there are things she can do to manage the pain and the food intolerances, but that adds a whole other level of ‘doing’, decision making, and awareness that someone who doesn’t have her condition has to deal with.

Health Privilege

The problem is that people talk about life from their own experience and perspective which means that they ignore, or overlook the experience of other people.

They are blind to the fact that other people are not exactly like them.

They speak from a point of Health Privilege.

In a similar way to how a white person cannot say that racism doesn’t exist because, due to them being white, they have never had to experience it… a person who is healthy and has an abundance of energy cannot say that other people are lazy and should be blamed because they do not achieve the same results that they do.

People are different, and not everyone can do the same things in the same way as other people… despite having the same 24 hours to do it in.

I am all for people utilising their spare time more productively and managing their daily tasks better (if they are able to), especially if they want to make changes to their lives, but people should not just assume that other people can do the same as them and that if they don’t, they are just lazy wasters.

When anyone uses any reference to ‘we all have the same 24 hours’ when talking about achieving success, and specifically talking about those who don’t, it says more about them than it does those they are talking about.

Know Thyself

For me, this is probably the best saying ever, a person who knows how they work mentally and physically can work better with what they know.

It also means that those who understand that they experience life through their personal abilities and that their experience of life is unique to them, they will have a better understanding of other people which is key if you are to connect with other people.

Yes, you could argue that those hustle bull shitters are talking to people who want to achieve and potentially have the ability to achieve, but if that is the case they don’t need to use that line… not in the context that they do.

I find it so wrong and quite damaging, because it belittles some of the people who hear it, and it makes the person saying it look like an ignoramus who simply doesn’t know the difference between their arse and their elbow.

If you cannot understand that time is just that, ‘time’, and that it matters little on what a person does or can do, then you understand very little of life.

It is nothing more than a soundbite, lifted right out of the ‘Politician’s Guide To Exciting Voters With Useless Vague Sayings’ handbook.

It is a completely useless and irrelevant saying that offers no help but instead becomes another thing people use to beat themselves with.

‘I’m a single parent in debt, and I have the same amount of hours each day as that billionaire (who was loaned  several hundred thousand dollars to start a business with a team), but I still haven’t achieved diddlysquat, I’m so shit!’

Be Who You Are

To succeed, you need to understand who you are and what you can do, and simply be you.

That doesn’t mean that you cannot improve what you do or how you do things, you most certainly can.

As Earl Nightingale once said, ‘you cannot manage time, time is not meant to be managed, you manage tasks’… or words to that effect.

You take a good look at yourself and you see where you can improve and what things you can do better… or stop.

Very often, you can achieve better results not by doing more, but by stopping doing certain things that are a hindrance.

Manage you and your life… don’t compare with others because other people are not you, they are not living your limitations or circumstances.

You may both have the same 24 hours each day, but a single mother of two with CFS in her forties working a day job cannot compete with a single and childless 21 year old athlete who lives with his wealthy parents and has all day to work on his dream life.

It doesn’t matter one iota that you both have the same amount of time, that is just a measurement of the working universe… it’s your life circumstances, personal decisions, and individual biology that will determine what you can do.

Until next time.

Have a great day.

Andi

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