I was sick...
Not the kind of physical go to the doctor sick. It was worse. This sick was the I can't sleep at night and hate waking up in the morning sick. I was making more money than I ever had in my entire life $40,000 per year. Straight out of college. I went from eating Ramen to getting Starbucks every morning. I traded my favorite attire of flip flops and shorts for shiny shoes, a button up shirt and necktie. The worst part about this sad saga is I called it
I was making more money than ever and felt as empty as ever. You know the feeling. I came to know the feeling all too well. It was time for a change. And change is exactly what I was gonna do...
Enter Timothy Ferris and the book 4 Hour Work Week.
Life was about to change... Forever
The Hardest thing about change...
is not the fact that you are doing new things or your taking big risks or even that you don't have a clear path. The absolute hardest thing about change is Continued Commitment. The first day or two is easy, right? It's the commitment to wake up and go to the gym, take a walk, not pick up the cigarette or whatever it is standing between you and the Different You. Our Rationalization kills us. Our self talk can stop progress in it's tracks. Friends and Family can cause us to quit by saying just a few simple negative words about our commitment.
Could I really live out the 4 hour work week?
There is no possible way someone could actually only work 4 hours per week and make it...Is there? Trust fund baby? Selling illegal drugs? Selling legal drugs, illegally? Winning the lottery? These are a few ways you may be able to join the "New Rich" but the outcome is usually embarrassing and ugly both to humanity and the individuals. What do you say to this question of the 4 hour work week?
There is really 1 of 3 categories that you fit into:
1. The Liars. These are people who just flat out have no knowledge, no vision and especially no true happiness. Though they are great at starting things because they even lie to themselves about how awesome they are they burn out and come up with some of the best excuses in the world...even ones that can actually change their physiology!
If your automatic reaction to some opportunity goes something like: That is impossible, That's a scam, or some other excuse then you may be in this group. If you over-justify, oversimplify, or just plain overreact about doing the things that made another person successful then you may have earned this crown.
Granted, there may be plenty of opportunities that should justify this reaction at some point but not until properly vetted. Being a Liar does not mean that you have ill intentions for everyone around you it just means that you are more prone to fabricate a scenario that may not be based in the reality you want to be a part of.
2. The Lazies. Lazies are actually the same as the liars but don't have the energy to even make up the stories that liars tell. They lack the energy to even be a part of the conversation and find that it is just easier to stay out of "it" altogether. Whatever that "it" may be a situation, an opportunity, or anything that the Lazy feels like will take too much time, energy, or effort to make happen. Lazy would rather choose convenience over success and therefore keep their jobs out of fear that they may have to work 24/7 in order to get to their dreams.
If you are a Lazy "Ignorance is bliss" could be your motto tramp stamped across your lower back.
3. The Legends. Legends are open to everything. They see opportunity in all circumstances. They are addicted to systems that bring them small or large loads of cash on a consistent basis. Legends see the invisible and design their work of art with reckless abandon or surgical precision. Legends understand that the most important asset we have is time. Time you cannot get back, time you cannot earn, time you cannot replace. The single most important resource we have as human beings is TIME.
This is the question that haunted me 5 years ago. That single question still haunts me today. If that questions sets uneasily in the core of your stomach then something is wrong. Living each day as if it were your last is a question easily dismissed as we have been too busy to think about it. Most of you try and "get through" this day and not go crazy with the 75 to-do's, errands, bills, and "responsibilities" you have dedicated your life to. All in an effort to chase the proverbial dream some commercial has convinced you to follow. Sit back relax and enjoy the payment plan.