There are these kinds of guys that wanted to go home 5 o’clock and their interest in what you were doing doesn’t exceed the normal demands of the day for them. And those guys never last. Because when you’re trying to push the boundaries on things and when you’re moving into different types of frontiers, you need to be surrounded by people who really believe in what you’re doing.
Above quote is by Bruce Springsteen. It’s his way of rationalising why they spend three weeks to get the drum sound he wanted for the song Born To Run.
I’m sure a lot of people find spending three weeks working on a drum sound for just one song a tad excessive — and maybe even deems Bruce as self-indulgent or obsessive.
I personally wish our work cultures cherished “slow work” higher and spend more time on nailing details than celebrating mediocre outcome that often comes with the illusion of speedy progress. Which, has nothing to do with working more hours/day, rather excepting that great things are difficult and requires time, resilience, patient and stamina.