3 Reasons Why Imitating Aliko Dangote Might Leave You Broke

"I found out that the harder I work, the luckier I get". I lifted this line from Fifty Shades of Grey and I am sure most of the fans know it very well. Although this the novel was fiction, real-life billionaires have confirmed it that they lose sleep to work harder and keep their businesses running smoothly. 

African richest man, Aliko Dangote once said in an interview, that one of the reasons for his success was because he spent less time sleeping (just three hours of some shut-eye) and more time working. 

In his own words; 

I believe in hard work and one of my business success secrets is hard work. It’s hard to see a youth that will go to bed by 2am and wake up by 5am. I don’t rest until I achieve something

Well, there it is, I believe so many Africans are ready to neglect nights of sleep with the belief that money does not sleep, but as your favorite health blogger, I am going to tell you that doing this might just leave you broke in the long run. 

Here is why you should simply do the opposite of what Dangote does to achieve even more.  

1. The Long Run Justifies the Means

I was once and still is a workaholic, I barely slept and believed that the time I spent sleeping and goofing around, I could use it to enhance my productivity. 

Guess what? It worked, I was working twice as fast and progressing even faster. Sadly, I forgot that there are side effects to everything and mine was deadly. 

Turns out that all I was gaining from losing sleep was short-term productivity and my productivity levels were beginning to drop faster than they went up. 

I had mood swings, I found it hard to focus, I got easily frustrated (and I'm the patient guy). Sleep deprivation made it harder for me to access higher-level brain functions for days to come. Imagine a college student who does not know what x + x is anymore. 

LinkedIn influencer and President of Talent Smart Travis Bradberry completely agrees with this and in his own words. 

The negative effects of sleep deprivation are so great that peole who are drunk outperform those lacking sleep. 

So there you have it.

2. Sleep Deprivation Dampens Your Mental Capacity

What makes businesses move? It is simply the big brains behind them. We have the Steve Jobs of Apple, the Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and the Bill Gates of Microsoft. All these people have something in common, a high IQ. 

Surprisingly, losing sleep to make your business move smoothly, makes you lose the secret ingredient needed for business growth. 

Here is what Travis Bradberry had to say

Skipping sleep impairs your brain function across the board. It slows your ability to process information and problem solve, kills your creativity, and catapults your stress levels and emotional reactivity.

Want more evidence? 

A new research from the University of Rochester (United States) provided first direct evidence to how your brain cells need sleep to function perfectly (Don't worry it wouldn't be so crazy science, I always simple stuff for you guys). 

According to the study, when you sleep, your brain goes to work, removing toxin proteins from its neurons that are by-products of neural activity when you are awake. Now, your brain can only remove them adequately only while you are asleep. So when you don't get enough sleep, the toxic proteins remain in your brain cells wreaking havoc by impairing your ability to think. 

3. Sleep Deprivation Can Kill You

If you go with the motto "money does not sleep" and you spend your life chasing it, then you might not get to sleep at all when you finally get your slack. 

If you don't want to take my word on this you can take it from someone is an international best-seller, a LinkedIn influencer and the Chief Executive at Advanced Performance Institute,  Benard Marr (sounds like I was introducing Danerys right?). 

Marr said in a LinkedIn post

You may think that burning the midnight oil and staying constantly busy are good for your career — but you might be seriously damaging your career — and your health”.  Stress, among other things, increases the risk of heart disease by 40 percent, risk of heart attack by 25 percent and risk of stroke by 50 percent. “Many people thrive on stress and love the buzz that comes with it, but ignore the effect it has on their physical and mental wellbeing.

There are more dangers than benefits from losing sleep over work in the long run and to be sincere, Dangote just told us what we wanted to hear, that you have to work extra hard to make it. You 'd be surprised that he makes up for the lost sleep by taking long naps in the day. 

Get enough sleep, as you require your brain do a lot of mental work that is required for business growth and success and there is no way to make yourself more intelligent than to get some shut-eye.

I remain your favorite health blogger, Paul Samuel FitnessDoctor.

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  1. Amazing!

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    1. Paul Samuel FitnessDoctor30 September 2017 at 23:48

      Thank you so much.

      I love the fact that it made an impact in you.

      Stay Healthy, Stay Wise