The Deadly 9-5: Why You’re Underpaid and Underappreciated and How To Break the Cycle - 24 Hour Captain

The Deadly 9-5: Why You’re Underpaid and Underappreciated and How To Break the Cycle

If you do more than what you’re paid for, eventually you’ll be paid for more than you do. It’s not enough to just put in your 9-5. The 9-5 is a set of hours determined by humans to entrap the average minds in an 8 hour cycle. People who limit themselves to working a 9-5 are people who are destined to no more than allocating 8 hours of their day to building someone else’s dreams. Time is all relative, and how you choose to spend your time will ultimately determine where you will be tomorrow and 10 years from now.

When was the last time you met a super successful person who got to where they are by simply working a 9-5 and doing the bare minimum expected of them to get by? If you have, introduce me to this person, and let them know they are a freaking anomalie and how lucky they are because this never happens. Success is only reserved for those who are willing to put in the blood and sweat equity to reap its benefits. These people will then employ the people who are “comfortable” working a 9-5. Being comfortable with your current circumstances is the quickest way to go nowhere fast. Stay uncomfortable, stay hungry and always know that as you put effort on yourself you can take your life and make it into just about anything you dream of.

Most people become comfortable with their current circumstances and working a 9-5 because they see the alternative as too difficult. They think it requires too much effort and the odds of them succeeding are too intangible to even fathom. And you know what? They’re not completely wrong. Success takes relentless work ethic and discipline. However, it can be more tangible than you think as long as you provide yourself with the proper tools and resources to be in the battle for the long haul. After studying countless uber wealthy and successful people, I’ve narrowed it down to 3 things that can immediately improve your chances to levels of near certainty when it comes to creating the life you envision.


Your mindset is undoubtedly one of the most fundamental tools when it comes to creating the life you envision. Ever hear the expression, you are what you think you are? If you’ve ever played a sport or were in any sort of competition, you’ve certainly been in this position: Whether you think you’re going to lose or if you think you’re going to win, you’re probably right. Your mindset will directly affect and drive your actions moving forward. You can either shape your mindset for failure or take the necessary steps in setting yourself up for success from the start. The choice is yours.

If you go into a game with the preconceived notion that you’re going to lose, you’ll likely play more hesitant, cautious and you’ll take fewer risks that could potentially lead to advancement or victory. On the other hand, if you step into a game with total domination on your mind, your actions are sure to follow suit. When you do something backed by the intention of total domination and victory at all costs, the task at hand will likely even seem easier to accomplish. Its not that it actually is easier; rather, it’s because you’ve already broken beyond the mental barrier of your limits allowing you to do more and perform at a higher level than normal. Mindset is key to taking your talents to the next level, and it’s imperative you operate 24/7 with a total domination mindset if you hope to one day create the life you envision.

Work Ethic

People who become successful oftentimes have a downright sickening, relentless work ethic accompanied by a “never give up, never surrender” attitude. What really is work ethic though? Do we all need to have a ridiculous work ethic if we want to be successful? Many will say yes, but some may also say that you don’t necessarily have to work 24/7 around the clock to become super successful. The most important thing is that when you are working, you’re being as productive and efficient as possible. Insert “Work smarter, not harder” phrase here. The key is to be able to work both smart and hard.

You need to be working twice as long as the next guy/girl, while simultaneously setting yourself up to perform your daily tasks in the most expeditious manner possible. Some key ways to accomplish this is by learning how to set goals and by figuring out what hours of the day your mind is the most active and creative, and work your schedule around performing the most mentally strenuous tasks around these hours. Save the more monotonous tasks for hours of the day when you’re maybe low on energy and about to call it a day. 24HourCaptain will soon be releasing a smartphone app to be utilized as a tool for helping you stay on track with your goals for the long haul.

Another HUGE tactic in shaping your ideal work ethic is to work like you think the person you’re striving to be would work. The simplest way to break this down is by this example: If you’re currently making $50,000 a year, but you want to make $500,000 or even $1,000,000+ a year, start working like you’re already in a position that warrants you making that much money! If you want to be a professional athlete, step your game up and start playing as if you’re ALREADY a pro who is ready to unleash total domination on those who dare enter into your path!

Contrary to popular belief, Grant Cardone recommends always setting your goals sky high. If you aim low, you miss low. If you aim high, it’s likely you’ll still miss your goals but it will likely be a lot higher than where you’d miss had you simply aimed low. Grant says that your goals need to be so big that your problems pale in comparison.

The Extra Mile

The quickest way to make a name for yourself is by being in as many places at one time as possible. I’m sure you’re thinking: what in the world does that even mean? You need to become EVERYONE’S go-to-person. When you help out enough people, the universe will eventually return the favor.

The majority of people will grunt, sigh and get upset whenever asked to take on extra work or help someone without the guarantee of a reward in return. However, when you’re at the bottom, you’re there for a reason. You’re there because you haven’t earned anything or the right to be at the top yet. So while you’re working your way to the top, make an effort to go out of your way to make yourself of as much value to as many people as possible. This is almost guaranteed to catapult you to advancement and growth, both personally and professionally.

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