What do you want?
Do you want to start a business and make a six-figure income?
Do you want to be #1 in your workplace–or even better– your field?
Write your goal down–whatever it is. Use as much detail as possible. Tell me exactly what you want and why you want it.
How hard are you working for it?
Are you so exhausted at the end of the day that you’re already drifting to sleep before you reach your bed?
Do you regret every minute wasted on anything that doesn’t bring you closer to your goals?
Is every second you spend on other work spent thinking and brainstorming on how to take another step toward your goal?
If you answered no to any of these questions, you’re not working hard enough, and you don’t deserve your dreams.
People out there are working every free minute every day of the week to achieve their goals. They don’t have time; they make time. You’ll find them up at 4 AM working on launching their company, and they’ll still be at their day jobs by 7 AM sharp.
How do you compare?
Over and over again, I hear people complaining that they’ve been working so long and are still light years away from their goals. Ask them how hard they are working, and you’ll find that they aren’t putting in the effort.
Sure, they work. They always tell you how much they have to do. They are always busy. But being busy isn’t the same as doing work.
The Two Types of Busy
You can be busy and still not get anything done.
You can be busy doing work that doesn’t matter. You’re busy creating social media posts for your business, but you’re not writing content.
This busywork is easy, so you chose it over the work that will actually pay off.
The second type of busy is the kind that lets you achieve your goals soon. You spend your mornings on what matters most. In the evenings, when everyone is wrapping up for the day, you’re still checking items off your to-do list.
You’re doing the hard work; the work everyone else should be doing, instead of making excuses and blaming other people for your discontent.
You want to be so busy–so consumed–by work that actually gets milestones checked off of your goal tracker.
Everyone wants to be the first kind of busy while acquiring the triumph of busy type II.
Sorry, but life doesn’t work that way.
Paying with Sweat and Blood
I used to be the first type of busy.
I wasn’t working as hard as I could have. I took the easy way out. And when I didn’t see the results I wanted, I had the audacity to wonder why.
The second chapter of Gary Vaynerchuk’s book, Crushing It, changed that.
It gave me a new perspective on how I was working.
I wasn’t working as hard as I could, and Gary called me out on it.
He doesn’t care if you have a nine to five job; you still have all the hours in between to put in the work.
Gary awakened me to the truth I had been disregarding: if I wanted my dreams badly enough, I was going to have to forfeit everything else.
The higher you set your goals, the more you’re going to have to pay to get them. You might even work day in and day out for years before you start seeing the rewards of your diligence.
Ask yourself, ‘How bad do you want it?’
Putting in the Time
A lot of you are stuck in the hampering mindset that you can realize your dreams without giving up your TV time.
I’m telling you right now that if you think you can earn an extraordinary life with a trivial amount of effort, you aren’t getting anywhere.
How much time do you have to dedicate for that life of riches and ease you’ve always dreamed of?
Every minute you can spare.
Yeah, you read that, right.
Every moment you’re not obliged to be doing something else should be poured into work that will make your dreams a reality.
Don’t abandon your family and set up camp in your office.
Set aside time for them. Go block that time out on your daily schedule, preferably when you still have enough energy to give them your full attention, then spend every other moment generating ideas, writing content, creating new products, or whatever it is you need to be doing to get from where you are now to where you want to be.