I don't fall for the work and get no sleep ordeal, that'll never happen in my lifetime. For people who made it and grinded through not getting any sleep, great, more power to you. Like I've said in a previous blog post, I won't ever work 18 hours a day, I tend to plan my days through knowing certain tasks will be worked on and others will be worked on another day.
It's different for me because I'm an entrepreneur but then I'm not in some ways. CEOs of companies, most of them have to work long days. For me, I can work on certain projects a few hours a day and then spend my time thinking and observing the world to get new ideas. I definitely need sleep to succeed and do well in what I do.
When I get sleep, I write better (which is why I don't write much when I don't get enough sleep). In all honesty, my books are written on a good eight hours of sleep bare minimum. My mental focus is there and my content is valuable when I get the rest I need.
The reality is, you have to do what works for you. Don't feel pressured to be awake until all hours of the night if it's not going to benefit you in the long run. A clear mind and eating right will definitely help you to stay fresh and have a good perspective on what needs to be done.
I know a lot of motivational videos say you have to be up until 3 and 4 a.m. some nights to get stuff done. I'll be brutally honest with you, I've stayed awake until 3 and 4 a.m. maybe 4-5 times in the 4 years I've been consistently writing books, recording and doing other things.
For me, it's about working smarter and not harder. I work on certain things one day and do other tasks another day. I pace myself and think of the longevity of the process. I'm willing to write great content and not feel pressured or flustered. Doing things at your own pace is what will help you in the long run.
I've published a lot of books up to this point and I am a night owl. I do stay up late when I need to but it’s not necessary all of the time. It just all depends on what you feel is best for you and not what everyone else is telling you.
So if you need sleep to succeed, please do it. You don't want to overwork yourself to the point where you'll achieve the results you wanted but can't enjoy it because your health isn't up to par. Eating healthy, sleeping right and exercise will always be beneficial in the long run.
Be good and go accomplish your goals!