He’s Got Our Attention

As a response to being named this week’s “Warrior of the Week”, Jordan Zimmerman posted further commentary on his blog.  I felt his thoughts on our way of life warranted sharing (link to full article below):

Attention, Business Warriors

This blog is a sure sign that I’m not the only one out there who has figured out that one of the secrets to success is hard work and little sleep.  But I also know that this lifestyle is not for everyone.  Maybe you require more than three to four hours of sleep every night. And that’s ok.

The question you should be asking yourself is, “What is my secret to success?

Once you find the answer, own it…no matter how crazy it may seem. Do you know how many people over the years have told me I’m insane for getting so little sleep and having such large goals?  I lost count a long time ago!  But I always tell them there’s a thin line between brilliance and insanity.  You can’t be normal to be great.  Life is not about being normal – it’s about being abnormal.

So figure out what makes you tick…what drives you towards greatness. Now get out there and own it.

If you haven’t subscribed to Jordan Zimmerman’s blog “You Sleep When You Die”, you may want to do that.  He’s provides straight talk and a great commentary on the 8pm Warrior way of life.

JZ, thanks for being a great “Warrior of the Week” and we’ll definitely be paying attention (as well as sharing, and retweeting) as you post new blogs, tweets, etc.   We’ve added your blog to the 8pm Warrior discussion news feed on Linkedin and we look forward to more discussion.

Have a great day,

Aaron@Biebert

Warrior of the Week: Jordan Zimmerman

Burnout? I don’t think this “Warrior of the Week” has ever heard of burnout.

It’s a pleasure to introduce you to Jordan Zimmerman (also known as JZ).  Since starting his own advertising agency in 1984,  he has been the ultimate 8pm Warrior.  For the past 27 years he never stopped, barely slept, and kept up a work regimen that is truly rare in our 9-5 world.

All that hard work is paying off.

Today he has over 1,100 employees in 10 states, runs the 14th-largest agency in the nation doing close to $3 billion per year in billings, and is a partner in the Florida Panthers.  (if you’re curious about family, he also has a wife and four kids)

What advice did he give me to share with his fellow 8pm Warriors?

“I just don’t think we really need that much sleep. After all, there’s plenty of time to sleep after you’re dead!”

…typical Jordan Zimmerman.

Here’s a quick video with some more quotes from him:

This is what his typical “off time” looks like.

  • Try to get home for dinner
  • After the kids go to bed, he works a few more hours in his home office studying research, reprioritizing accounts, or working on his blog
  • He’ll go to bed around 11 or 12pm
  • He gets up every morning at 3:30am and is at the gym to lift weights by 4 am
  • By 5:30, he’s back home and then out on his bike.  (He rides 25 miles before breakfast)
  • He eats breakfast with the three youngest kids and takes them to school if he’s not traveling that day
  • Then off to the office

If he’s not an 8pm Warrior, then I don’t know who is.  I used to be proud of myself for keeping sleep down to only 5 or 6 hours…but he’s running on 3.5 to 4.5!

Does he sleep on weekends?

“Why would you sleep when that’s your time to live?” he says. “Sleeping isn’t living. You sleep when you die.”

Not surprisingly, “You Sleep When you Die” is also the name of his blog.

He’s got so many great thoughts on business and life so we’ll be featuring his material all week on the 8pm Warrior twitter feed and facebook forum.  In the meantime, here are some other ways to connect with him:

If you have a favorite 8pm Warrior you think should be featured, please let us know by sharing a link to their blog/website in the comment section, tweeting @8pmWarrior, or posting info on the 8pm Warrior facebook forum.

Have a great night!

Aaron@Biebert

The Ball has Dropped

It’s a new year, a new decade.

This is a time of reflection…a crossroads.  There are a lot of unhappy people right now, and so many of my friends are talking about making changes in their life.

  • They want to do work they love, with people they like and trust.
  • They want to spend more time with family and friends.
  • They want to have something to fight for.
  • They want to learn a new skill.

I don’t know what 2011 will bring, but I do know that every day we delay these changes…another ball drops.

Don’t drop the ball.

Have a great year!

Aaron@Biebert

“New Decade” Resolutions?

Yesterday I asked if you need to work hard, or just want to.  After discussing that topic all night, here’s a great follow up question…

“What are you working towards?”

What do you hope to achieve with all this 8pm Warrior work?  Have you ever stopped to think about it?  Have you written it down?

This is the time of year people make lists of New Year’s resolutions that are short term goals such as losing weight, being happier, saving money, falling in love, getting a job, etc.  As we all know, these resolutions are notorious for not happening.

What a waste…

Let’s try something different this year.  Since it’s the beginning of a new decade on Saturday, let’s go a bit bigger and try something like “New Decade” resolutions.

I’m a big picture guy, and believe that if you figure out what you’d like to do with your life, you’ll do a better job of making resolutions that will not only be more achievable (more motivation) but be more enjoyable as well.

If you’re curious how I’ve done it, check out my list of public goals at 43things.com.  If you have any advice, I’d love to connect with you and hear how you achieved it.

Have a great night!

Aaron@Biebert

Why are you working tonight?

Is it because you need it or want it?

In the short term, there won’t be much difference.  However, the issue with needing to do something versus wanting to do something is sustainability.

Circumstances can force you or someone else to work longer and harder than others, but if you don’t want it (you’re missing the passion) there is only a matter of time before you quit or burn out.

That’s why long term 8pm Warriors have to love what they do.

They also have to rest, take breaks, vacation, and breathe.  I’m not sure which comes first, but sometimes burnout causes one to lose passion, and sometimes a lack of passion causes burnout.

If you find yourself starting to lose the love…take a break.  You’ll be more successful.

Have a great night!

Aaron@Biebert

Pushing the Limits

There are two ways a person can go about pushing their limits:

1)      Dive for the bottom by constantly thinking of ways to do the bare minimum to keep their current position, relationship, or income.

This is the easy way to push.

In a busy world, very few leaders will investigate everything their employees say or do (I won’t).  It’s easy to sneak in a couple half true statements, half baked ideas, or half finished projects.  Excuses are cheap and easy to find.  It’s easy to dive for the bottom.

2)      Flying. Pushing. Fighting towards the upper limits of what you can do by giving your absolute best to everything you do while ignoring the siren’s call to dive to the bottom.

A much harder path.

I believe that there is a limit to what a person can do with their life.  However, you’ll never find it if you waste your life diving.  It’s a different way of thinking, and one that explains why there are 8pm Warriors all over the world right now pushing their limits.

The upper ones.


Have a great night!

Aaron@Biebert

Why?

I’m doing this because I feel lonely.

It’s not that I’m a loner or anything like that.  If anything, I’m exactly the opposite (I’m an extreme extrovert).  Over the last 6 years I’ve been building communities for people who have a common interest or career (i.e. therapy, real estatehealth information management, jewelry, staffing, nursing, healthcare accounting, etc.).

All told, I’ve made about 80,000 connections, most of whom have no idea who I am, what I do, or what motivates me to spend nearly every waking minute thinking of them and their needs.

Now I need you.

I’ve been reflecting on things, and I realize that I’d like to enjoy a community for people like me.  People who like to discuss big ideas, love what they do, and sometimes stay up all night figuring out ways to make it rain.  I figured you might like it too.

Here it is. Welcome to the tribe for 8pm Warriors!

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Now what?

If you have any ideas, please post below in the comment section or on the wall of the 8pm Warriors Dicussion Forum on facebook.  At first we’ll highlight some big ideas we’re seeing, post your questions to the group for peer support, share info on good books that you’ve read, and any other idea that comes up.

I’m game.