So, after months of debilitation analysis paralysis, I finally came across my audio book copy of Timothy Ferris’ “The Four Hour Work Week“. Sometimes, information overload can slow you down so much it’ll stop you dead in your tracks. That’s why I haven’t launched any new website in years, haven’t tried new experiences in years and haven’t really finished any of the projects that I’ve been keeping myself busy with. And that’s just it, being busy and being productive are two different things.
Most people are experts at being busy. Few are experts at being productive.
So, in anticipation and from what he’s proclaiming, I’ve decided to jump in with both feet and no mercy into his way of thinking.
So, the first project is a topic that everybody knows about, but few knows the buzz word for. It’s called Life Hacking. What’s life hacking? Read more on Wikipedia. Now, everybody has their own life hacks. From how to keep your braai (verb, “aai” is pronouced “ie” as in lie) tongs standing upright next to the braai (can be a physical item too) to how to pour the coffee out of a big tin into your coffee holder.
And EVERYBODY has hacks.
In the past few months, I’ve registered 10 of the new gTDL. Each potentially premium names. So, last week I decided that I’ll launch HackLife.Today first. (Don’t check now, it’s still being developed).
Now, important thing about running a project for yourself. Plan plan plan ACTION ACTION ACTION ADJUST ACTION ADJUST ACTION PUSH PUSH PUSH.
So many people complain that they’re not happy at work. They’re not happy with their boss(es). Not happy with their salary. Not happy with their working conditions. Etc, Etc, Etc.
But when I ask them “Why don’t you find a new job?” They always have excuses of “The times are difficult” or “I don’t have qualifications” or “It’s really not that bad, just that one jerk” or “I’m to male to pale” or “[fill in any useless excuse]”. I then follow that question up with “Why don’t you just start something for yourself then?” Oooh, then the people dance. “I don’t have money”, “I don’t have skills”, “What would I start?”, “[fill in something here…]”.
And all I hear is “I’m afraid, I don’t think I’m smart enough, I don’t believe I can do it…”.
I know, this is starting to sound like I’m ranting, and YOU ARE RIGHT!
A friend once told me “Many a good idea goes to waste because it looks like hard work”. There you have it. For many years I was being busy, because I was afraid what I would do with myself if I was grandiosely successful. Thankfully, my desire to enjoy life has finally overcome my fear and I’m pushing.
So, my advice to someone who has a good idea, wants to get out of the paradigm taught to us by society that you need to work 8 hours a day to be able to life, and actually wants to enjoy getting up in the morning, read Tim Ferris, Listen to Anthony Robbins, read Rich Dad, Poor Dad, absorb think an grow rich…
But most important of all, DECIDE. Dreams and goals are one thing, but without the decision to actually do something, they’ll never become anything.
Someone once said “Statistically, you will miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”.