“Focus in being productive instead of busy” – Tim Ferris.
What does this mean? More importantly why is this so important? Lets say you work a 40 hour week, and you spend your week working through tasks and projects. If it takes you until Friday to complete these tasks then you’ve had a productive week right? Maybe, maybe not. If you’ve been working on the same projects and tasks every week and it takes the same amount of time every week, then that is not necessarily the outcome you’re looking for.
The unfortunate truth is that as we complete the same tasks we work on every week, and complete the projects we have to complete in our work hours, we do eventually tend to get more efficient at them, meaning we can finish each task slightly quicker than before. For most people this isn’t noticed because they approach these projects knowing that they have to be done by a certain time, and as they get more efficient at these tasks, they allow themselves to become more distracted knowing still that they can have the task completed by the deadline. Most of us don’t even realize that this is happening, you’ll do the same job every day, every week, every month, and just know that you completed all of your tasks. In this modern age, we let ourselves look at our phone an extra time or two, spend an extra few minutes a day looking through social media each day, or spend a few extra minutes daydreaming while we drink our coffee. This actually does mean we are getting more efficient at these tasks, but it also means we are getting less efficient with our time.
If we take this extra time we spend on our phones each day, or on social media, or daydreaming, and cut it all out for 1 week, and just work as hard as you can on each job you’re tasked to complete, you might find that by the end of the week, you’re done your normal work a few hours early than normal. I tried this, and found that by working as efficiently as possible I could have extra time leftover to work on setting goals, or holding myself accountable to goals I had set prior.
The point of this is simple even though I’ve rambled on a bit. If you focus more on being productive and less on just getting the job done, you’ll be amazed by the extra time you have leftover to work on developing yourself further and continuing your own Climb to Success!
Until Next Time,
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”
This is one of those quotes that holds very true and can be applied to succeeding in virtually all of the life arenas. Whether we’re talking about a relationship with a significant other, your career, or your fitness goals, your success truly does boil down to how hard you work, and whether or not you can learn from your failures.
The part of this that truly stands out to me is the portion about learning from failure. Anybody who has never failed, has never tried. That is not only my opinion, but rather something I will state as fact, and challenge you to prove otherwise. I have failed in life, in business, in relationships, and in fitness. Each time I failed I learned a lesson that would help me become a better person in the long run. I did not fail only once in each of these avenues to learn either, I failed many times and each time learned more lessons and grew a little bit more as a person each time.
You too will fail if you try. Everybody has failures, whether big or small, if you’ve ever truly tried to succeed, you have failed. If you can take these failures and learn something to better yourself each time, you’re moving further along on the Climb to Success.
Until Next Time,
Why do I write these long posts? Why do I share my stories and advice? What good is any of this to you? If you read on you’ll most likely understand.
I chose to create this site, and this brand for a simple reason. I want nothing more than to be successful in life. I want to be successful, and I don’t let anything stand in my way. So what does success mean to me? It means a series of financial goals, a series of personal goals, and a series of business goals. My financial goals all have set steps to get there, and benchmarks set for certain ages so that I can measure progress. These goals are always reachable as well, because if they aren’t reachable, I’ll just lose motivation as I fail along the way. I have personal goals like buying my first property by a certain age. So you understand my level of drive I will share that this property goal was set for age 26, which I actually accomplished this year at 22. Lastly there is business goals, this goal is based on benchmarks as well, such as learning new skills, or meeting new people.
Regardless of what the goal is, I have a set path to reaching each one of them and the drive to keep myself constantly moving forward. So now that you know what Success means to me, let’s go back to why I write these posts.
1. These posts help me stay motivated and keep myself accountable to my own goals.
2. I believe that a true benchmark of success and character in a person is that person’s ability to help other people grow. That is the simple answer, I write to help others succeed along with me.
Until next time,
There are three things you must do in order to become wealthy. You must have the right mindset, discover your purpose in life, and find a business that expresses that purpose
This is an incredibly accurate statement, that very much holds true in my life, particularly when I take the time to really reflect on the words. Having the mindset to be successful allows you to devote yourself to that goal. If you are not in the proper frame of mind, then you may not be able to put this goal above other wants in life, to drive yourself forward as quickly as possible. You must discover your purpose, and NO making a lot of money is not your purpose. Finding something that you love, and that allows you to feel fulfilled, will allow you to work much harder and with less risk of burnout, than if you were doing something you don’t love. Lastly, you have to find a business that expresses this passion to people, and this also is true. When you convey your passion and excitement to your clients, these clients will be much more eager to work with you.
All of this holds true to both my full-time career in Business/Technology, and my blogging on the side. Both of these allow me to love what I do, feel like I’m helping people, and convey this feeling to others. This overall feeling of the path I’m on allows for driving forward without being unmotivated by road blocks as I have historically been on less exciting paths.
Until Next Time,
In my last post, I talk about knowing what you want. Knowing what you want in the long run, gives you something to set smaller goals for, each smaller goal being another benchmark along the way to the larger end goal. This being said, success isn’t a standardized benchmark that can be blanketed across all people. Success is something that means something different to each of us.
My personal ideal of success is a specific set of financial goals, a set of career goals, and a set of personal/family goals. Each of these goals has a number of smaller goals along the way, and a specific age or date set for reaching each of these goals. By setting these smaller goals not only can I see how far along I am, but I can also tell if I’m ahead of, or behind schedule along the way. By doing this I can specifically hold myself accountable along the way to reaching each of these goals.
So you think, okay I have a goal, I have the steps I need to take to reach this goal, and I know how I’m going to get there, so I’m set up to start the Climb to Success right? Not necessarily. You also need to make sure your goals are SMART, Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. If your goal doesn’t meet these criteria then you are not setting yourself up for success, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment, demotivation, and potentially failure. If you set the bar too high too soon, and you fail to meet your first couple of benchmarks, then you’ll lose your motivation and feel like you may never be able to reach these goals.
If you know what you want, but aren’t sure how to get there, or how to set these goals along the way, head over to the contact page and send me a message, I’d be more than happy to help you along your personal Climb to Success!
Until Next Time,