Brooks is right that most of the people in that 5% bracket log heavy hours, but where heâ€™s wrong is in failing to recognize that most of us have enough shame to know that what we do for a living isnâ€™t really working. I pull absolutely insane hours in my current profession, to the point of having almost no social life at all, but I know better than to call what I do for a living work. I was on a demolition crew when I was much younger, the kind of job where you have to wear a dust mask all day long, carry buckets full of concrete, and then spend all night picking fiberglass shards out of your forearms from ripping insulation out of the wall.
If I had to do even five hours of that work today Iâ€™d bawl my fucking eyes out for a month straight. Iâ€™m not complaining about my current good luck at all, but I would wet myself with shame if I ever heard it said that I work even half as hard as the average diner waitress.