you have the same 24 hours as beyoncé

last week i saw the quote, “you have the same 24 hours as beyoncé”—the internet

first i was amused, and that is about all she and i share

later, i got inspired.  it’s punchy, cutting through dreamy lingo.  by staying simple and direct it leaves no room for excuses.  and it transforms me into a stuff-accomplishing dynamo in 2 crucial ways:

  • it reminds me the day is a full 24 hours, the entirety of which can be used strategically
  • it’s both light-hearted and nudge-y.  would beyoncé google something as soon as it pops into her head, or would she wait until it was break time? 

who honestly knows, right?  she’s in the superstar universe and so becomes the gold standard, the (destiny’s) poster child of getting stuff done.

two of the three people i’ve said the quote to responded, but her 24 are way different from mine!  someone stocks her fridge!  she has a nanny!

(the third person agreed with me but didn’t elaborate.  he was on his way out and probably just wanted to leave)

but truly, that’s your reasoning?  it isn’t even really about beyoncé.  there are always other people accomplishing great stuff.  they aren’t your competition.  you can even join them.  the battle is you against yourself.

and besides, you prefer whining about a technicality instead of getting inspired?  she bought her own groceries for a while before the assistants came along. 

try this one, instead:

“the one thing all famous authors, world class athletes, business tycoons, singers, actors, and celebrated achievers in any field have in common is that they all began their journeys when they were none of these things. 

yet still, they began their journeys.” – mike dooley