About the author: Graeme Carling is the co-founder and Chairman of international family investment firm, The Carling Group, and has been involved in hundreds of transactions with a combined value way in excess of £1billion.

Let me tell you something, folks. Work-life balance? It’s a complete myth. A complete lie, okay? The most successful people in the world, they don’t have time for that. They don’t have time for balance. They’re too busy winning.

Look at top athletes and businesspeople. They don’t get to the top by sitting around and twiddling their thumbs. They work hard, consistently. They hustle, always. They put in the time and effort to achieve greatness. And you know what? It pays off.

But most people? They’re not willing to pay the price of success. They want the easy road. They want to kick back and relax, they want to ‘Netflix and chill’. They want balance. But that’s not how you get ahead in life. You must be willing to put in the work.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying you shouldn’t have any down time, you should. But you must be smart about it. Elon isn’t hanging about at the pub bitching about the weather. You must prioritize your goals. You must make sacrifices.

And let me tell you something else. If you’re not willing to put in the work, you’re not going to make it. It’s as simple as that. The world is competitive, business is a blood sport. There are a lot of people out there who want what you want. And if you’re not willing to work harder than them, you’re going to get left behind.

So forget about work-life balance. It’s a myth. It’s for people who are content with mediocrity. If you want to be successful, if you want to be a winner, you must be willing to put in the work. You must be willing to make sacrifices. You must be willing to do whatever it takes.

That’s the bottom line, folks. If you want to be the best, you have to work like the best. Success leaves clues, there is a reason the elite are where they are.