We sleep 1/3rd of our life and we work about 1/3rd of our life.
Most people I’ve met work a job that they either hate or simply just don’t enjoy.
That means they spend 33% of their life hating their life, or at the very least not enjoying it.
Now if you ask me, that doesn’t really seem worth the paycheque no matter how much it is…
Life’s too short.
Hating your job, means hating your life. At least 1/3rd of the time.
That will catch up on you eventually and bleed into the rest of your life, causing one to become bitter, resentful or worn down.
It essentially means you feel like you’re in jail or sleeping 2/3’s of your life and chances are, you’re recovering or numbing the fact that you dislike your reality the other third.
If that’s your situation, you do have a choice in the matter you know.
You could quit.
You could start a business.
You could move somewhere else.
You could work online, or do art, or make things, or fix things, or get creative.
You could simplify your life, need less, and retire on your savings for a while.
You could do so much!!
You are not a victim, you are not helpless, you are not powerless.
You do have a choice.
And everyday you go to the job you hate, you are saying, “I don’t love myself enough to find another way.”
So I guess the question is, at the end of your life when you look back, will you be satisfied with your human existence and how you spent the 2/3’s of your life where you weren’t sleeping?
Hopefully the answer is a big, fat yes with a smile on your face and sparkle in your eyes…
It’s been a hell of a struggle for me, but those struggles were all mine.
The blood, sweat and tears I shed were for my cause, my vision and my purpose. Not somebody else’s.
That has made all the difference. That has made the pain, heartache, risk and disappointment worth it.
It’s made it an adventure!
What is your cause? What do you feel you’re here to create? What do you stand for in your life? Share in the comments below.
Better get crackin’. Time’s a ticking and that end of life review is coming up sooner than we can imagine.
If there is one thing that the last 13 years of entrepreneurship (and life) have taught me is, we only get good if we’re consistent.
With everyone searching for the hack or shortcut, we should be focused on putting the time in. Sure, getting a tip will make us more efficient and better, but 10,000 hours to mastery is 10,000 hours to mastery.
When we first start out doing something, we’re usually pretty terrible.
I love schedules. I think they are fantastic inventions!
I didn’t always like them though.
I used to think they prevented me from being in the flow and allowing the spark of spontaneity.
But as my life becomes more full and my time more precious, I realize how important my schedule is for allowing me to stay present with what’s in front of me.
When I block off chunks of time for specific tasks or to-do’s, it gives me a creative container to focus on that ONE thing, rather than many things.
These creative windows of time allow me to really GSD (get shit done).
My days don’t ‘just happen,’ I design them with intention.
For example: I generally wake up at 4AM these days. My first two hours of waking time I usually devote to my creative writing (like right now as I write this). This is a non-email time for me. I sit, I stretch and breathe, I sip my coffee and I write, based on what comes up or what I need to complete for the week and day ahead.
Then my next creative container is sunrise golf. Usually from 6:30-9ish these days.
Then I get a big 3-hour window of time to enjoy breakfast, coffee and hangout time with Celeste and our son Sauryn.
Then I block off from noon – 5pm for my specific business projects. Each day of the week has a theme for the kinds of projects I focus on within that 5-hour block of time, so that I’m not scattered all over the place everyday. This is key for me.
Within the creative containers I’m scheduling, I allow myself to be in flow with the creative process.
Sometimes I’m not inspired to sit at my desk, so I’ll go for a hike or chip golf balls in the yard while thinking about something.
Other times I’m not inspired to sit on Skype for hours on end, so I do my conference meetings on my cell phone so I can be outside, or sometimes I’m even cleaning the house while on meetings.
The freedom is in the schedule for me.
When I am with Sauryn, I am WITH him.
When I am working on a specific task, I am in it fully.
Whereas, when I let my schedule stay loose, I find myself just floating around, never really accomplishing anything satisfying. Usually at the end of the day, I’ll feel like I didn’t do enough and go to bed kind of disappointed.
I also take real weekends now, which for an at home entrepreneur can be hard because my business mind is always fifty steps ahead of the game.
But I find having that space on weekends to simply be, flow with family and have fun really helps me be more focused and efficient in my week days.
We also do wifi-free Sundays, where we unplug the internet. Those are our favourites!
Schedules give me focus, freedom and a space to be present. I love them!
AND sometimes, my scheduled plan falls apart and something better comes up. I’m always 100% open and flexible to that happening too…
How do schedules support or hinder your creative process? Share below.
Your power is in your presence.
Think about it.
When you are projecting outwards into the future, where are you?
Are you in your body?
Are you grounded in what is real?
Are you present to your surroundings.
Are you bringing everything you’ve got to the task at hand?
Everyday I go through the same battle as the alarm goes off at that ungodly hour, well before the sun comes up.
“Stay in bed. Sleep longer.”
“Get up.” “Nooo, just sleep a couple more hours.”
“Get up, this is what you want.”
I dropped out of school at 20 to start my first business.
That was 12 years ago.
My 20’s were brutally hard as I tried to figure out how to make it in this world, how to “become a man,” how to offer my gifts, how to run a business properly, how to make my dreams real, how to heal my issues…
All these pursuits added a great deal of weight and stress to my plate.
I made incredibly ungrounded, unintelligent choices with my business, trying to make “big things happen” because I didn’t have the wisdom or patience to allow things to unfold at their own organic pacing.
I sought to prove myself to my family and the world. To make a name for myself.
I had many humbling lessons…
so many epic failures…
and a whole lot of hardship.
Fortunately, I am a stubborn Taurus with a lot of passion and an unwilligness to give up.
But I KNOW my journey could have been easier, more graceful, prosperous and fun.
I was cocky. I wanted to “figure it out on my own.”
I now realize, it would’ve been more beneficial to find mentors, seek out help and guidance from others further along on the path than me, and to adopt a strong desire to learn from everyone.
I believe our 20’s is a time for doing the deep soul-searching kind of work. To discover who we are without our parents and without our peers at school.
My guess is, it would’ve saved me a lot of heartache and strife.
If you’re in your 20’s and “searching” then sign up and show up to each interview.
If you know somebody in this stage of their life, pass the link on and encourage them to go.
This was a very fun interview for me, as I got to share some of the hardships I grew through and how I got through my 20’s stronger and more “Me” than ever.
I’m looking forward to sharing in a conversation with you, after you’ve listened.
If you want something, then go f*%*ing get it.
Visualizing the end result and waiting for the Universe to deliver is not enough to change the world or get results.
Success requires showing up. Day in and day out.
It requires showing up when you don’t want to, when you resist the hell out of it, when you’re hung over, when you’re exhausted and wanna quit or when you’re scared shitless.
Indecision is procrastination…
and indecision is to make the decision to do nothing.
Take a risk, take some action, follow through and do what you say you’re going to or want to do.
There is no harm in trying and failing.
Failure will give you cool scars and stories to tell around the campfire later down the road.
Life is impermanent and so is failure. Both will pass you by and how cool will it be to look back on your life and remember all the things you tried and failed at, as well as the things you actually succeeded at?
You’ll have neither if you stay in that space of indecision though. You’ll just have a bland blur of mediocre memories and nothing all too special to smile at on your death bed. (live a little already)
Given that you’re gonna die, don’t you think you should at least try?
Because it is far better to struggle for a life you aspire to than to struggle in a life you’re dissatisfied with.
This is your adventure, don’t let someone else choose your path for you.
Decide what you want.
We all struggle.
So why not struggle for your own cause?
Why not struggle to create something that you want?
Why not struggle for a cause you truly believe in?
Most of us are caught in a hamster wheel.
We struggle for somebody else’s vision.
We struggle for things we don’t believe in.
We struggle to build a life we don’t actually want.
Discipline is not something we have or don’t have. It’s something we practice and develop over time. We must identify a ‘What’ and ‘Why’ that is big enough to last the challenges of time.
To be disciplined is to do the things we know we ‘should’ because they will make us better, even when we do not want to do them. It is funny how much we resist the things that make us whole, powerful and confident. Let us let go of that struggle and let the path to personal freedom and power be one of ease, fun and devotion.
It does not matter what our goal in life is, we will be tested. So let us rise to the occasion, overcome our false, insecure small self and create the life and world we want to experience.
This last while has been pretty full on for me and I thought by sharing how I’ve come to find balance and joy through the inevitable growth, struggles and hardships of being an entrepreneur, I may be able to inspire some other entrepreneurs, creators or people who are overwhelmed by the demands of life to rediscover their balance.