I’ve been thinking about this for some time.
When foreign players are interviewed, the consensus is- “play for eight hours”. Eight hours a day, five days a week. Put in your time, basically. Put in work.
When I was in my youth I could easily see this. Putting in eight hours was easy when others were taking care of your needs; it was just a matter of if you had the drive to do it or not.
But I’m not in my youth anymore. Your standard 9 to 5 takes up a lot of time (about another eight hours if I’m not mistaken). Were you to shove the additional “required eight hours” in there, you only have another eight hours left in the day which I would assume if you didn’t want to go to work a zombie you’d spend sleeping
which leaves time else for absolutely nothing.
Taking care of basic needs (shopping, cooking, cleaning, other miscellaneous tasks, etc.) takes time and is necessary, so the above scenario (work, sleep, fight) while admirable in my eyes, isn’t realistic.
So this leads me to the next quandary: either you would have to reduce the number of hours you work, or reduce the number of hours you play. The first is situational, and the second… I have no idea how it would affect your competency, or how you would be able to compensate for that.
Basically- how does a grown man keep up?
I know some players are bums, and some players are from rich families. But I also know some of you guys out there have your lives and still manage to wreck %^&# in the arena. How do you deal with it?
And how do those aforementioned players who tell you to put in their time fund their activities in the first place?