I’m very much an optimist and believe wholeheartedly in ‘people’
Fact is however people for the most part are lazy.
For every single person I meet who’s prepared to graft and work towards success I meet a hundred more who prefer to just create the facade that they are.
We live in a lazy society. One that’s led to believe the life they deserve will at some stage be handed to them on a plate or with celebrity will come success and the life they want.
They’ll cut a break. Work out some magical solution that gives them the life they want.
To get off their arse and work all the hours they can towards that same end goal is something they however won’t even contemplate.
‘We’re in a society more comfortable spending time and money creating a temporal facade than creating a legacy’
People are riddled with excuses and will spend every moment they have validating those excuses.
Now without sounding like some corny or cheesy fitness industry ‘meme’ excusing yourself is a frame of mind. I can find someone with your exact same or worse circumstances than you who’s making it work. That’s FACT!!!!
Right now if your backs up. It’s probably you that I’m talking about and you’re probably itching to make some comment to justify or validate why YOU can’t do what you need to do.
Every day I need to do things. There isn’t a single day I get them all done as life gets in the way, every single day life gets in the way. That list of things to do is chipped away at every single moment I can.
I’m self employed and choose when I work and what time I get up and go to bed. When I saw clients I would see them back to back for a maximum of 3 hours and take a maximum 15 minute break between them. I would get all my clients in these blocks and it wasn’t always like that. Once upon a time I did split shifts and had ‘dead time’ between clients and shifts.
In that dead time when everyone else was p******g around on the internet. Going for coffees, bumming around. I worked ON my business.
I’ve got up before 6am for over 20 years so I had time to work ON my business so when my clients turned up and I was working IN my business. I was ahead of the game. For 20 years I would get 5 hours extra work with that one simple thing (never mind the rest) in those 20 years I’ve worked 216 FULL days MORE than them on my business.
People ask me how I got to where I am.
That’s one hour of how I got to where I am.
I would work on the bus, I would invest in cabs so I could claw back minutes of work. Every moment I had alone I would work on my business and still have time for friends and family. That 216 days extra I worked I got to spend living the rest of my life.
You want balance? That’s balance.
Yes, I’ve got it wrong at times and let work take precedence but my friends and family would make me very aware of this (that’s what made them friends). They understand why I do what I do. Because I want to look after them and my family.
I’d employ anyone to do things I could pay them less than I would lose in time. A simple concept of investment but one so many people are so eager to avoid.
Again I don’t want to sound like some stereotypical success ‘pep talk’ but I IMPLORE you. Look at the bigger picture.
Work IN your business and work ON your business when you’re not required to be present.
Make sure those closest to you know what you do and why you do it. True friends will support you and get it. Others will do everything in their power to bring you down and make themselves feel ‘comfortable’. That’s the insecurities of society and how people work.
Surround yourself with positive, solid people. As you get older you’ll become wise to who’s important within your life and brings value to it.