Thomas Edison once said:
Time is really the only capital that any human being has and the thing that he can least afford to waste or lose…
I think that’s all you need to reflect on today so go do that right now. Think of what you’re spending your time doing and ask if it’s the very best thing that you could be doing with your time, your very life. You’ve only got one and when it’s done it’s done.
What a sad waste for you to have used your most precious and limited resource and asset on the things that do not matter that much. What a tragic idea. I feel this even more acutely now that I’m over 30 – I’m on the back-half of what may be it. After that? Zilch, nada, kaput. I’m gone.
I was once presented with the following model from one of my friends and mentors and it stuck profoundly in my mind. It’s since been proven true time and time again.
There seems to be something fundamental with age that every man (and woman) goes through that we simply cannot escape. Although there’s nothing scientific about this model it seems to persist with enough strength for me to present it and extract some personal value.
In the following model there are Five Stages of Man (a person’s life):
Although there are tons of ways you could poke holes through what Lucado is suggesting in the above quote the fact is that most people will not know the context in which he spoke these words.
As such, most people will interpret this statement as meaning something to the effect of If you want to do something great you will have to turn your back on __________________ to get it done. You get to fill in the blank with who you think that “crowd” really is.
I think a more worthwhile and helpful idea is to focus on the orchestra – the ones that you lead, the ones that you’re dedicating your time to with instruction and guidance. The very ones that have entrusted themselves to you instead of the many other choices out there in the crowd.
Watch and weep.
The trailer for the new Jobs movie has been released and I’m pretty sure it’ll do fine in the Box Office – at the very least it’ll make it’s initial return on investment and Hollywood will be satisfied with another financially solvent production.
But it won’t get a dollar from me.
As many of may very well know my team launched a new blog called WP Daily back in December of last year. This blog was our attempt to provide more value to the WordPress community that we all loved and also fill in an obvious gap in the industry at large.
Our first post was December 1, 2012 and 143 days later, on April 22, 2013 we started monetizing and sold out nearly all our original stock overnight. A few weeks later we established our baseline (direct sales) offering (had a pre-sold list demanding us to increase quantity) and found the property to be grossing in excess of $3,000 / month.
Annualized this property could easy sustain a person as a full-time writer for the blog. At the very least it began contributing directly to the bottom-line for 8BIT and made the continued investment of time and slots on the product development roadmap much more attractive and reasonable.
Not bad for a blog that had existed for less than 5 months (4 months, 22 days to be exact). So, how the hell did we accomplish this? I’ll try to provide a bit of a retrospective that takes a look at our mission: “Make This Blog Pay For It’s Very Own Existence“.
One of the first things that I do when I coach a professional who’s looking to make a significant shift in their life, job, and/or vocation (perhaps moving away from their 9-to-5 into their own gig, project, or business) is ask them to list out comprehensively the projects that are currently “in flight.”
I ask them to also include any “projects” that they’ve started within the past 12 months as well. I ask them to provide the details about what they are and what they are hoping to accomplish with them. If the person gets defensive then that’s a good thing as it brings to light their chief motivations for starting them in the first place. This also allows us to start the process of seeing with utmost clarity how insanely busy (or distracted) this person may actually be.
Entrepreneurs and startup founders have something magical called mental loyalty that allows them to continue to execute day-in and day-out.
This tolerance training, if you will, gives them the right mix of stubbornness and resolve that helps them to continue to push on through the good and the bad which both can be very difficult to manage.
Mental loyalty is easy to understand when times are tough – you stick with it, don’t quit, stick to the plan because you know this is part of what life is like; it’s what you’ve committed yourself to. It’s much, much more difficult when times are good because all of your cognitive and emotional signals are telling you to ease off the gas, take a break, relax, and lose focus.
True passion yields incredible tolerance – most people have no concept of what this truly means.