A day in the life of Neil Patel

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Every week, I seem to get asked 2 questions:

  1. What do you actually do?
  2. What’s a day in the life of Neil Patel look like?

I wish there was a simple answer to both of those questions, but there isn’t. Nonetheless, here’s my somewhat short answer to both of those questions.

I live, sleep, and breath KISSmetrics

Although you may see me as a blogger, investor, or SEO expert, I technically don’t do much of those things. Yes I do blog, I do invest, and I practice SEO, but I spend the majority of my day making deals.

Over the years, I have built up a decent sized network of entrepreneurs that I have gotten to know on a personal level. So, I constantly keep in touch with these individuals because they have become friends.

While chatting with them, I usually ask them what they are up to, how their families are doing, and how their businesses are doing. When they start talking about their businesses, I try to give them free advice whenever I can, and I look to see if there are any opportunities for my startup, KISSmetrics, to help them out. Most of my calls don’t end up with closed deals, but the few that do end up closing usually result in an extra $120,000 to $240,000 in additional revenue.

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The day in the life of Neil Patel

Now that you know what I do, here is what my typical day looks like:

  • 6:45 amthe start of the day – before I even get out of bed in the morning, the first thing I do is grab my phone to see all my missed calls, text messages, and emails that I need to respond to. I usually respond to everything while lying in bed.
  • 7:00 amthe Neil Patel workout – every morning I try to hit the gym. My workout isn’t that rigorous. I usually lift some light weights, run on the treadmill while watching TV, and then head into the steam room to relax.
  • 8:00 amgetting dolled up – although I am a guy, it takes me a while to get ready in the morning. From showering to styling my hair, I spend around 30 minutes every morning getting dolled up while watching CNN.
  • 8:30 amthe most important meal – by the time I get out of the shower, my assistant usually has breakfast ready for me. She goes over what I have to get accomplished for the day, and I tell her what errands she needs to take care of.
  • 9:00 amcommunicating with the world – I get bombarded with so many emails every day, that I spend hours in my inbox, reading and responding to emails. Most of my emails are from people asking for help, people asking for money, or people who are looking to meet up or schedule a call with me.
  • 10:00 amtalking people’s ears off – if I don’t talk on the phone, I don’t end up closing deals. So, for two hours in the morning, I try to talk with potential clients and other entrepreneurs to figure out how I can grow my company’s revenue or bring more cash into the business through other means.
  • 12:00 pmenjoying a free lunch – I typically have lunch meetings with perspective clients on a regular basis. Many of these meetings don’t result in new revenue for my startup, but the few that close have a big impact on the business. And if for some reason I don’t have a lunch meeting, my assistant has lunch ready for me. She also has me respond to emails for an hour or so.
  • 1:00 pmcommunicating with the world – whether I have a lunch meeting or not, I am always backlogged with emails. So, for another hour, I respond to emails and work on setting up meetings and calls for upcoming days.
  • 2:00 pmrandom crap – I always have random stuff that comes up within the day that I need to complete. I usually do it during this time to give myself a little break so that I don’t get burned out.
  • 3:00 pmtalking people’s ears off – a few hours of phone calls during the morning isn’t enough. I usually spend the next 2 hours on phone calls or in-person meetings.
  • 5:00 pmhappy hour – happy hour is truly the highlight of my day. I love drinking alcohol while shooting the shit with potential clients. I try to do this on a daily basis. If I am unable to do a happy hour meeting, I am typically checking emails.
  • 6:00 pmcommunicating with the world – as usual, I am back to emails. I really enjoy helping other people as people helped me when I was a new entrepreneur with no money. So, for me, emails aren’t a chore, they are a blessing.
  • 7:00 pmmy last meal – I usually don’t have too many dinner meetings. I typically eat out with friends, or my assistant cooks me a meal before she leaves.
  • 8:00 pmcommunicating with the world – responding to emails again…
  • 9:00 pmliving a peaceful life – from writing blog posts to hanging with friends to just relaxing and watching TV or even finding out ways to help local non-profits, for the rest of the night, I just chill. All of the things I mentioned help me relax and feel happy, which relieves most of my stress.
  • 11:00 pmcommunicating with the world – if I am still awake, which I usually am, I end my night writing more emails and falling asleep in front of my computer screen.

Conclusion

As you can tell from my schedule, I am a workaholic. I work seven days a week, and I haven’t taken a holiday in over ten years. But I have to say, although my life seems hard from an outsider’s perspective, it actually isn’t too bad. I don’t really have to worry about making mortgage payments or putting food on the table. All I have to deal with is job related stress, which you get used to over time.

So, there, you have it. If you ever wondered what I do or how I spend my days, you don’t have to guess anymore.

And if you are wondering how my life gets so organized, it’s because of my lovely assistant Aleisha.

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Comments

  1. can i give you one advice – take a break mate. 10 years of not holiday…don’t you want to see the world and how other people live, eat, drink, listen….you should
    best of luck

    • I will, one day…very soon. Thanks for your concern though 🙂

      • Hey, nice post.
        Just one question, doesn’t ‘communicating with the world’ most of the time your day make it boring and monotonous?

      • Joshua Mullins :

        Niell you need to make some time for yourself. Pick up a good game – Starcraft 2 for instance or dive into another world with a book like the count of Monte cristo. Careful though you will need to tell hour assistant to be extra vigilant to keep you on track

  2. Beena Kalaiya :

    Hi Neil,

    I work at a media agency called Optimedia, with offices in NY & SF (with a small staff in LA).

    We have a Thought Leaders Lunch & learn program where we invite innovative leaders from various platforms to inform and educate us about their work/product.

    Just read the “A day in the life of Neil Patel” and realize that you have a very hectic schedule but it would be great if you can squeeze in some time to speak to Optimedia employees at one of our Lunch & Learn sessions.

    Let me know what you think.

    Have a great day.

    Beena Kalaiya

  3. I agree with Sky. Take a break and enjoy the other parts of life. It’s too short to find out one day you missed out on it because you were a slave to your work.

    • It’s easier said than done, I have too many people relying on me. More often than not, I don’t feel like I am working in the traditional sense because I love what I do. Besides, I do travel for work which is a good getaway… Thanks!

      • Take a holiday 🙂 Its fun. While you are on holiday, you start missing your house, work and then you appreciate what you have even more 🙂
        Anyway, my father was a well known doctor and specialist in breast cancer research and when his last week at work knocked on his door all he was worrying about ‘how the hospital will cope without him…’ but what happened, as with everybody/everything there is a ‘7 day remembrance period’ – after that people just get on with their life. The hospital was running as if he never existed…It may sound 🙁 but mate its true. Now my father is constantly travelling and doing some charity work and says ‘ why i did not do this before?!?’ 🙂 Best of luck, you do come across as a nice bloke.

        • There is hope for me then ;). Thanks for the advice, I’ll need it somewhere down the line I am sure!

      • I also think that you need a brake for a while. The brain needs to recreate and relax. You recreate while you are doing something that you like, work for example, and you relax while you are not doing anything. You just sit and don’t think of anything, just let your brain to relax and you will feel much better after that.

    • Nora McDougall-Collins :

      In some ways, being a “slave to work” is actually “being a slave to people.” Work is a rich part of life, and the richest part is the people you meet. I know that there is some kind of rule that clients aren’t friends, but I don’t see it that way. This weekend, I will spend my Saturday on a “Partners Tour” in support of one client (after doing a couple of loads of laundry.) Then I will spend the night and Sunday morning at a hotel owned by another client. I will have a grand time with all of them. Is it work? Is it spending time with friends? Yep!
      “Arbeit macht das leiben suss.”

      • This is awesome, I like your philosophy on work. I will have to use that line sometimes…if only I had a translation though 🙂

  4. Cool post! I always find this small stuff interesting like what exactly you do all throughout your day….If you love what you do, and it doesn’t feel like you’re working….who needs a break!

    • You stole the thoughts right from my head. I love what I do. Although, I say it’s work and it is stressful it is my lifeblood.

    • The brain eventually needs a break. You can go on without a break for a while but at some point you will feel the need for some relaxation without having to think about work all the time.

  5. Hi,
    As first thanks to Aleisha! She do help you a lot to not burn out, so we can have you here and all over the world.
    I’m glad you have your “happy hour” and that time from 9pm.
    I hope you’ll find some day’s off to relax and enjoy other great things in this world.
    It’s really for respect your efforts to help and keep in touch with everyone.
    Thanks to you also :)Wish more people were as you 🙂
    Take care Neil

    • Thanks for the kind words, they are kind of overwhelming. I try to do what I can to help others out. I think everyone should give it a try, it makes work feel like fun.

  6. Mitch Mitchell :

    I’m with you on one thing in that I haven’t taken a vacation since 1999. I need to get into phone calling; it’s something I absolutely abhor but in reality it’s the only way I’m going to really progress further in business than I have to this point. And I’m not bad on the phone once I make the connection; I just have to get it done. Good reminder of that.

    • Get on it! I think you will thank yourself, once you get the ball rolling it will not stop. Good luck!

  7. Wow! I want to be an entrepreneur but is that how an entrepreneur is?

    My dad has 2 jobs and one of his job is same like you. He talks with his clients 5 hours per day. The difference between him and you is that you are rich and we are not that rich. My dad doesn’t know how to spend. Doesn’t really know how to save money. He just spends his money. 🙁

    • I am sorry to hear that. I am sure he takes care of you and your family though, you should be grateful for what you do have. Your father works extremely hard, which is a good thing. Hope everything works out.

  8. I’ve recently sold my business, November last year, which I ran for roughly 23 years. Since selling I’ve been taking it easy as I hadn’t had a real holiday in all that time. I’ve been catching up on a whole lot of maintenance around the house and doing some blogging when I can. Apart from that I’m spending as much time as possible with the family.

    You do seem to have a rather busy schedule and workaholic or not I recommend you find some more free time to just relax.

    • Thanks for your concern. Although I do work hard, I am young and I think this is the best time to get all of the hard work out of the way. I spend time with my parents, sister, relatives, and friends…which is all I can ask for. 🙂

  9. After 4 to 5 hours you communicate with the world it just cool because most of the entrepreneur didn’t give time to the peoples and followers and this thing stand out you, and another good thing i saw at first of your post that you wake-up at 6:45 early in the morning 🙂

  10. How many hours of sleep can you function on?
    Do you get up at 6:45 on weekends?
    Is Saturday and Sunday just another work day? If not, how are they different?

    • I have trained my body to work on 5-6 hours of sleep a day. Honestly, as long as you take care of your body and have the right mindset (take mental relaxation breaks throughout the day) you can function on that much sleep. I usually get up around the same time on weekends as well, it all depends on my workload and what I need to accomplish on the weekend.

      • I tried many times, but if I don’t sleep at least 8 hours a night I am tired all day. Of course, when I have much work to do I forget about being tired 🙂

  11. Hello Neil,

    It really wonderful to know something about you, I never think that you can share such things with you.

    • I think sharing is something we must all do. Sharing life experiences creates empathy, education, and understanding.

  12. Barry Schwartz :

    You call that a long day?

  13. I’m glad to hear you work a lot because I do the same and I think sometimes successful people don’t always admit they’re always working. So thanks for your honesty! And you’re right, when you love what you do, what else do you want to be doing? We’re going on a weekend vacation in a few, and as much as I know it will be fun, I equally would like to work this weekend 🙂

    • Awesome, glad to find a fellow hard worker. Sometimes you get so involved in your work it’s hard to let go. Enjoy your vacation I am sure you will come back energized and pumped.

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  15. Bastien Fournier :

    ahahaha nice description! I guess this typical days seems so relax compared to what it was like when you started-up your business.
    Am I wrong? I hope I ll have this type of day soon.
    I m just starting to read trough all your blog so sorry if my next question is already answered somewhere else.
    What do you think/do of this new “green” vibe coming on the web? If you did not write about it maybe it could constitute another post! 🙂
    Have a nice long day!

    • I am sure you will start having days like these very very soon. As for the green wave coming on the web, I think it’s great and I am all for it.

  16. Admire your stamina and how fortunate you are to be surrounded by great people. I am not as successful as you but I have had great nannies like you have and you are fortunate to have one that can do so much in business and in organizing your personal things such as your meals. They are a treasure!

    I do understand your focus on work because I have always said that I have only worked like 5 years of my life because the rest I have managed my own life and only done things that I love to do and enjoy and work is a recreation for me! With that attitude work is a pleasure and a vacation. However, as I have hit my old age, I have learned to shift to meetings on the go by finding ways to liven up thing with work travel which involves spas and massage and things that are most (including me) consider fun as well! I highly suggest you do this!

  17. Brian Kevin Johnston :

    Neil- You Are Happy, that is very clear… thanks for sharing your story.. Best to ALL

  18. Denise Meredith :

    Hey you sound like me to a certain extent only I don’t have an assistant. When you do something you love then it doesnt seem like work at all. I haven’t taken a proper holiday in 2 years but I do try and have a few weekends off doing something else but always end up thinking about the next thing to improve my business. I guess this is what we entrepreneurs have to do LOL. Thanks for a great blog post.

    • I am glad someone is on the same page as me, work is definitely an integral and enjoyable part of my life. Thanks for your input and reading 🙂

  19. Yes ,your are workoholic Man ,Nice

  20. mike thompson :

    I assume you are not married nor have kids with a schedule like that!!

  21. I see most of your work is on the go. You can definitely take breaks and still manage to finish all of it.

    • Yeah, it helps to always be on the go. I do take breaks and manage, it’s essential to take breaks.

  22. Ummm, Delegate more work to the lovely Aleisha?

    • She definitely has a heavy workload as well. So we are both pretty jam packed throughout the day. Thanks for the suggestion though 🙂

  23. Shilpi Singha Roy :

    Hi Neil,
    Thats a very hectic life and i feel that you should take some break . But I feel that you dont seem to get bored by your work, which is very important.

  24. Great post to know about your daily chores Neil…

    Every working person spends the day in such rush, so do i….but the difference crop up when u take your job as your HOBBY or HEADACHE ??…and it is well said that “Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need”

    I think we both have escaped from the three evils….

  25. My Past Life :

    For first time i am reading your blog,one of my friend suggest me about this blog and i sure he gave me a great suggestion .Your writing giving little bit freshness to me 🙂

  26. Jonny Gibaud :

    You inspired me. I wrote a similar post about a day in the life of a travelling entrepreneur.

  27. Timothy Sykes :

    You don’t work enough, add another 3 hours/day and your biz will grow 🙂

    • Will do, but only if you add three hours to your workday too 🙂 Let’s stimulate the economy together haha

  28. 3 words for you.

    TAKE A BREAK

  29. College textbooks :

    Wow your really do fill your days. I didn’t realize that you work 7 days a week, I am surprised you have been able to go so long with out much of a break. But I do know that when you get in a routine things and life are just easier. You do seem to get out and socialize, so that does probably keep the burnout at bay.

  30. That’s impressive.I think you can afford that now because you don’t have kids right?
    Really inspiring !

  31. Property Marbella :

    Hi Niel,
    That is quite a tight schedule but a well planned and repetitive one I would say. I particularly liked the happy hour part, wish I could do some of it. Your good part is that you communicating with the world in one hour periods.

  32. Hi Niel,

    Its very difficult to many to understand how you lead your life. But I can understand as i live like you. without any break am working since 1996. when you are involve so much in your work and you are in love with it , its become very simple and fun and rarely you feel , you need a break. but people around you may wonder.

  33. Sam Ciccarello :

    Another inspiring article, Neil!
    Noticed you get at least 7.5 hours of sleep there. Very important.

    I’m the chap in Italy who wrote to you for advice about our collection of domain names and you responded w/ great advice.

    I’m going to keep inviting you to come visit us….until you come. Take a holiday in Italy! Take care and thanks again!

  34. Hi Mr Neil,

    Well, if you could remember, I always appreciate all your blog posts, because I find them truly amazing.

    But this one seems stranger, because I think, you must break and break… and move out of the workaholic atmosphere towards the beauty for mother nature….

    Last week I read Robin Sharma’s “Who will cry when you die” and realized that the same laws also applies to me, because I too, am a workaholic from last 3 years without any holidays..

    Regards,
    K.Singh

    • I don’t consider what I do work because I love it. But when explaining it to other people I call it work to motivate them to achieve. I should check out that book, sounds interesting.

  35. Hi Neil,

    I am frequent visitor to your blog, though this is my first comment. I am working with a company for 5-6 yrs now and the entrepreneur bug has started to push me to do something different :). Your posts and talk has really motivated me in that direction.. lets see how things go.
    Thanks,
    M

    • That’s awesome. Sometimes after years of work people realize they want to work for themselves. Best of luck!

  36. Does your assistant really work 11.5 hours every day? And she doesn’t mind being called your nanny?

  37. u should take a rest or go somewhere in the rest of ur life dear xxxxxxxx

  38. Glad to see you’re not one of those guys who advocates sitting back and letting the money roll in (i.e. get rich quick types). I really wish people would accept that working hard IS NOT BAD and CAN be rewarding as long as you channel the energy to something that makes you happy.

  39. Fattore Zero :

    Hi Neil,
    “12:00 pm – enjoying a free lunch” , it’s better 😉

  40. Yasir Yar Khan :

    The term all work and no play comes to mind, but I guess there’s always a trade off. You can’t have it all. The difference in level of discipline seems to be the distinguishing factor between successful and unsuccessful individuals…with some room for luck to play out obviously 🙂

  41. It’s great to feel that we don’t need to worry about finances. Now that you have made a lot of money, do you think you would quit earlier and spend a longer time in retirement?

  42. Nice and inspiring, as always. Thanks Neil!

  43. Don @ Social Profit Formula :

    It is quite saturated day; do you have any mental routine to get in the right mindset? I usually try to combine my morning workout with mental routine so I can set my mind to focus on important things that I need to accomplish. As you said it may see hard from outsider perspective but it is not when you love what you do. I work 7 days a week for 10-12 hours every day but it doesn’t feel like work because I am doing what I enjoy.

  44. This is the life i wanted Neil. I always want to be able to do what I want when I want but I am still stuck to a job. I am starting something big now and I costing me a lot of money and time, it still under development and I am scared it will ship late and someone else will have something similar out. I am also worried about finding venture capitalists as I am really bad with networking. There is so much rocks in my road…

  45. Hi Neil

    You definately have a busy work schedule. When I have a successful online business similar to yours someday, I will be working those same hours.

    I currently wake up at 5.30am.
    I get ready for work.
    Catch the bus into the city.
    Walk 10 mins to my business building.
    Walk the stairs. Five floors of stairs. Been doing this for 3 years.
    I start bang on 7:am
    Work till 3.30pm. Have a break for 30 mins.
    Start again working from 4:pm to 8:pm

    When I get home. I speak to my wife, my son. When they hit the bed, I then go to my blog and answer all the comments left by people who have finished reading my blog posts.
    The time now is 10.55.

    I’m taking my time and using the best resources to make things happen. I’m writing long interesting posts and getting inspiration from your site.

    Thanks again Neil.

  46. Thanks for posting your schedule! Always interesting to see successful peoples daily schedule. Glad you love what you do.

  47. Martin Oddy :

    Haha, you can basically summarise your average working day much in the same way as many in the business/corperate world: “I answer a lot of emails and talk on the phone a lot”.

  48. Neil,

    Your story really an interesting one but i dnt follow this kind of daily process

  49. Neil, just happened across your site from the Thesis theme site (saw you as a featured user of the theme) and this is the first post of yours I’ve read. Great stuff. Even though a lot of your hours are filled with seemingly monotonous ‘communicating,’ it’s really illustrative of how a successful person such as yourself is plugging away getting sh*t done. Right on.

  50. Anoop Singh :

    Great Read ! I really need to improve on my Time Management skills. Stay awesome !

  51. I don’t know why a lot of people are saying you to take a break. In my opinion, you’re young and you should work. Plus you love this job, right?

    Most people don’t give their 100%. Whether it’s enjoyment, or working, or being an entrepreneur, most of the people out there are dead right lazy. You, on the other hand, have been handling this work with devotion. No holidays? That’s okay, you’ll get them in a couple of years while half of the world is still working.

  52. If work is fun then you are never working a day in your life! Sounds like a great work day my man!

  53. can you communicate with the world while on vacation? I mean maybe answer emails on a different location. Hope you do it or just stay at home? I know you are enjoying your life and once you’re enjoying it of course you don’t get bored. But have a different view even once in a while.

    ellen

  54. when you enjoy your work holidays don’t matter. Its the same with me. I have hardly taken a break in last seven years. Great post.

  55. Blue collar workers would be offended by calling this ‘work’.. but, that’s life 😉

  56. Top Business Schools :

    Hey Neil,

    will you go for outing with your friends and how you manage the business

  57. I have got an nice points from your post thanks for sharing it Neil

  58. You’re daily schedule is impressive (and inspiring!).

  59. David Moore :

    Hi Neil,
    Sounds like your assistant is very well rounded. How did you find her? How do you recommend hiring a top notch asssistant?
    Thanks in advance!
    David

    • I was given a referral, and she has been great. I think you have to look at their tract record and resume when hiring. Thanks!

    • To find a suitable person for a certain task is very hard. You have to look hard to find a person that can fulfill your needs. A good referral is very important in this case.

  60. Nice perfecto schedule… Nice nice buddy

  61. perth internet marketing :

    Man I hope I could enjoy the work like you do. Very hectic but seems like you are having fun. But looks like you see the world in your own way. People envy you, including me. haha. I could see you love communicating with your readers. That’s nice.

    • I envy my readers, everyone has shining qualities that we should respect and admire. I think communication is key.

  62. Poor or bad, everybody comes up with some plans. I too make and alter my working schedule to make it efficient. To me, every plan is good if you acheive it but real problem is not having a plan but to stick with it.

    If you decid to communicate the world at 5:00PM and due to a business meeting which is taking longer than expected or due to a surprise visit of friend, you get swayed. This is something which still I am trying to cope with 🙂

    I have almost same working routine. I woke up at 11:00AM and work till 3:00 to 4:00 AM and during the day, I would have not more than 2-3 hours break but still I am unable to read what you are writing 🙂 I still have your 4 articles pending to read 😉 haha

    I wonder if you have someone writing for you? Your blog is active, your facebook wall is active, your google plus is filled with contents. I am admin in a PHP group at facebook and I find it hard to communicate there on daily basis.

    What do you say? 🙂

    • I work extremely hard to communicate with everyone. There is very little fun and games in my day to day…although I would say I do enjoy what I do 🙂

  63. I know that we cannot go back to the past and change anything. But we can atleast look to the past to improve the future.

    • True, like learning from our mistakes. You just have to make sure not to get stuck in the past or else it will affect your future.

  64. Alex @ Easy ways to make money :

    Neil,

    I appreciate that you included the workout session on your schedules. It is very important to exercise every once in a while, it really helps our balance and gives us more energy for the day.

    • Health is the most important thing and exercising regularly will maintain and improve your health. As well as giving you an extra boots of energy.

  65. How to you manage all the things. really impressive Neil
    When you get time to write blogs for us?

  66. hey neil,
    excellent time table you use to follow. would that i could follow the same. but that’s not possible for me. you are very efficient person neil.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Matt

  67. Hi Neil,
    Just a simple question:
    I’m 21 now. What you were doing and what kind of thoughts and visions you had when you were at the same age?
    Just wanted to analyse myself by the things I’m doing now and what I can do..:)

    Thanks..

    • Hey Gobinath,

      I responded to your comment which I believe was the same question on my about about page.

      • thanks for your reply.,
        still there are many questions that I want to ask but I don’t want to take advantage of you that you are answering to anyone..:)
        have a good day..

  68. Hi Neil,
    Thats a very hectic life and i feel that you should take some break . But I feel that you dont seem to get bored by your work, which is very important.

  69. Saurabh Mukhekar :

    Inspiring, I hope after reading this, my soul agree to implement my pending (dream) schedule very soon.

  70. Hi Neil, I’m sorry for the life you lead, man. I know it’s your life and your choice, but I pity that you just don’t know what you’re missing. For you, I’d say, ignorance is bliss.

    Maybe you think your life is great, because this is probably you dreamed of when you were young, or had role models who led this kind of life, but this is actually, if you don’t mind me using the term – a bullshit life.

    Look at it man, you got no place for yourself or your family in your schedule of appointments and tasks. Don’t get me wrong – it’s great to think and work for others and help them, which you do and that’s good – but am talking about your SELF. Do you mediate or use other means to really be with yourself and connecting to your innerself?

    You might be knowing every Who’s who in the world and have all the money in your bank, but do you really know who you are? Seems like the eternal philosophical questions haven’t made their mark on your mind yet. Do you realize that you’ll be gone in a few or more years, sooner if you continue such a routine and I feel sad to say to that, without really experiencing the real life.

    You know what I’m talking about man, and I know you think that that is bull shit.. haha! If you still have some Indian connections and know a bit of Hindi, man you gotta see the movie – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (You will not get to live twice). Millions before you in past thousands of years have tried to live a life that you’re living – and man, trust me, they repented and gave up, because they eventually realized that they didn’t know how to live life – didn’t really see the real light all this time, and were like living in the dark with that CFL bulb, which they thought was the sunlight. (A poor cliche 😉 Wake up Neil, open your eyes and see the rising sun – the real light! It’s within you!!

    Cmon man, take a break – no break in 10 years is not a thing to brag about! Have a family, have kids, be a father, spend time in parenting, and go around the world with your family and parents! Connect to yourself, meditate, make real use of your life now that you’ve so much of money – though, alas, money can’t buy everything and definitely, doesn’t bring you everlasting happiness.

    Neil, don’t lead a life that others want you to live, break the vicious circle – you read about the recent caterpillar research, didn’t you? They keep on going in a circle behind each other, thinking that is their life, and one day they drop dead while they’re walking. What do you achieve – big bank balance, which you can’t use after you’re dead, but will sure do make it a topic for others to talk about. Your company, which will have your statue put up in the entrance of the building, photographs in some rooms and the website, a few charities after your name or even a couple of awards. That’s all – the web and the world will forget Neil Patel. And, do you think you’ll be enjoying all that after you’re dead? Use and enjoy NOW!

    ‘Cmon man, do work but remember enough is enough – don’t think “I’m kind of a Big Deal” – put a limit and live your life. Enjoy it! Come to my place and I’ll give you a nice talk and we’ll have a great time and discussions about life, if you aren’t bored till now! 😉 I know you hate me saying all this, which really doesn’t make any sense to you, because you think retirement is the time to relax and enjoy – let me tell you – life has no guaranties, and you could drop dead the next second, hour, day, month or year!

    Don’t be an intellectual fool and be under the illusion that you’re doing your duty and that you’re making the most of the time, being efficient and productive. Neil, the reality is that you’ve become a captive of your habits – work and alcohol – you’re addicted to your comfort zone and you erroneously think that you like and love it!

    Kiss your metrics good bye and hug your life that’s welcoming you deep inside and outside. Take the plunge – don’t be afraid and don’t make any excuses. And then live a life that will inspire others to imitate, and write about ‘A day in the life of Neil Patel’ that parents can sing to their children as a lullaby so they dream to be like Neil Patel.

    No hard feelings, Neil – I want you to really LIVE your life, and wish you all the best in your life! 🙂

    Sorry, couldn’t write more – I gotta go now. Bye! 🙂

    • Vikas, thanks for this response. I am happy the way I lead my life, although I understand that may not align with other people’s idea of a fulfilled life. Thanks for reading 🙂

  71. Poonam shastri :

    reading what you do very easy
    but doin frequently very hard 😛

  72. oloyede jamiu :

    Hi Neil, i love the way you live your life style. Keep up the good work.

    I actually have a question for you sir. “Are you married or not?” because from this blog post i can derived that you are not yet married.

  73. Wow, you really take Steve Jobs advice to the latter… living each day as if it were your last. From your words, you wouldn’t change the way you live each day.

  74. Rajeesh Nair :

    Hey Neil,

    I found this post via an interview of yours on a blog. I am quite inspired by how you manage your day on a regular basis. I just have one query as I am big fan of your blog and your writing.. You write quite lengthy posts and also you get so many feedbacks/comments.

    When do you get the time to write such inspiring posts from your busy schedule?

    Just Asking 🙂

    • Rajeesh, great question. I find it my hobby and passion to blog so it really is a leisure activity I take great pride in 🙂

  75. Hi Neil Patel, I’m so impressed of your hard-work and dedication. But actually I can’t find any schedules for your family?? I cant believe this !
    OK but its upon your life I don’t like to mess with that!
    Take some rest Patel, even it is so hard for me to hear about your schedule (i.e., you don’t have a single day for rest!)

    • Rubesh, Thanks for your concern but I do in fact spend a lot of time with my family. I see them at least 2-3 times a month 🙂

  76. You haven’t taken a holiday in over 10 years, ooh my god. I started my professional blogging life before 4 months and here also same no holidays at all. Thanks Neil for inspiring me …

  77. No wonder you have been able to achieve good height in your life; after this neat schedule 🙂

  78. Ankit Pandya :

    I think you will not have to worry about your marriage because Email is your wife which always stays with you and a backbone of your success am i right? 🙂 I am just joking. I hope I am able to bring a smile on your face. Keep Smiling

  79. Aurelie Chazal :

    God Neil, you work hard! I don’t think I could ever do the same but it’s inspiring to see that success doesn’t just come out of nowhere.

    I actually linked to this article in my last SlideShare presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/Customericare/10-steps-towards-more-human-marketing (Page 45). Hope it’s ok with you.

  80. Harshit Bhootra :

    Finally landed up here while searching for your interviews and you tube videos. This is what i was looking for many days.
    I really wanted to know How you work (for inspiration).

    Thanks a lot for this post 🙂 😀
    frankly speaking , at mid night i was finding more and more about you and i finally my search completed 🙂 Now sleeping comes.

    Thanks a lot again 🙂 #GoodNight

  81. Hard work? Spending the day answering phones and emails? How fragile. . . I know guys who spend ten – twelve hours a day swinging a hammer or an axe. NP makes my BS detector go off like crazy. . .

  82. This is such a nice article. Following you is so inspiring. Please also write an article on how you keep going like this for days.

  83. Ankit Dhaundiyal :

    Thanks for sharing this, A day in the life of Neil Patel

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