Are you working to live or Living to work? I am 37 years old and I have never asked myself this question until I began thinking through my 20 years of work life experiences. In retrospect, I questioned myself this more often than not. "I work so hard and seem to go nowhere?", "I like my job, but do I love doing it?", Why can I not take time off when I want and when I need it?"... These and much more subtle thoughts consumed my mind. I blew them off by defaulting to "I had a bad day at work, tomorrow will be better".
As a society it is embedded in our thinking we must have 8 hour work days and 40 hour work weeks. Our "shaped" thinking is validated by over glorifying happy hour Fridays and sleeping "in" weekends. Then we are compensated by a 2-week wait paycheck, that does not last until the next pay period. Leading us to depend on the "credit card cycle" (but that is an entirely different topic). The 9 to 5 mentality has paralyzed our society.
Please do not interpret this as not wanting to work hard for a good life. I believe in productive work, but I also believe we were created to play, explore and experience life. In other words, work smarter not harder.
The difference between working smarter and not harder is knowledge and using leverage. Now, this within itself is an introspective journey. You must look deep inside yourself and sift through old thinking and find new ways of thinking. This process can be exhausting and painful but in the long run, you will be grateful.
The knowledge process is not something you can find in a book. That is the beauty while learning you are growing!!! Introspective thinking and processing will lead you towards finding an interest, passion and/or curiosity within. Brainstorm your thoughts with your inner child, trusted family, and friends. Now it is IMPERATIVE during this time of vulnerability that you stay honest and true to yourself but most of all BELIEVE. I say this with such zeal because this is the time when people can get "down and dirty" with their old school way of thinking. Try to find like minded people to mastermind with.
I ask again are you working to live or living to work?
Now let's tackle leverage. Google defines it as to "use (something) to maximum advantage". If you are moving from an apartment to a house, typically you ask friends for help. This is using leverage, but let's season it to taste. You brainstorm and realize your friend's brother owns a moving company. You leverage that relationship to maximize the outcome. You're leveraging this relationship in hopes of less labor and spending as little money as possible in the end. Do those two scenarios connect?
Great, now let's use that concept and put into a business scenario. We have entrepreneur 1 and 2, let's give them names, Edmond and Juana. They are both in business for themselves and are both very successful in what they do. Juana has more time to focus on things that are important in her life. How can Juana live this lifestyle? She leverages other like-minded entrepreneurs; she puts in work, reaps the benefits but also shares her business opportunity with others. They reap what they sow, Juana benefits financially from this relationship, as the other entrepreneurs do from by using this model.
There is an end to the rat race and there is a way to change living to work to working to live. If you would like more information please click below.
- To your success, - D
"Take responsibility for your finances – or get used to taking orders for the rest of your life. You’re either a master of money or a slave to it. Your choice – Robert T. Kiyosaki(The Business of the 21st Century, )"