If you search the history of the 8 hour work day, it was developed from England back in the 1800s. Previously, people were working at factories at extremely poor conditions with long hour days. Their work schedules would vary on a day-to-day basis, but you should expect to work anywhere between 10 to 16 hours a day. This is when Robert Owen began a movement towards a 10 hour work day, but his ultimate goal was to reach 8 hours a day. The movement picked up some momentum after a catchy 8-8-8 slogan, Eight hours labour, Eight hours recreation, Eight hours rest.
But now, we detest working 8 hours. The wealthy countries work less hours per day than the poor developing countries… or so I thought. After working for a Korean company, there are still a large number of companies that “require” long working hours. If you work for a multinational enterprise, such as Samsung, Hyundai, or LG, you work from 7 AM to 12 AM – a horrendous 17 hour work day. Of course, there are laws that restrict this kind of work hours… but they’re hardly enforced.
Currently, I am working anywhere between 15 to 18 hours a day. I’ve read The Four Hour Work Week and Fast Lane Millionaire, and I can understand that everyone wants to work less and make more. But the problem with what these books preach is that when you first build up a business, you need to invest LONG HOURS into first building the foundation.
Of course, I could be closed-minded and totally wrong. And I probably am, because I’m still learning the system. But I’ll be sure to educate everyone when I learn how to receive a better trade of my time.