Be a producer. Create amazing things for other people that makes their lives better. I used to constantly want to consume everything. Consume food, consume, television, radio, clothes. It was a nonstop endless addiction that grows more and more hungry and never can be satisfied. If you want to live an epic life that has an impact focus on creating. Create amazing art. Create amazing products. Create an amazing conversation with someone. Create a great workout for yourself. This makes life better. This is where the juice of life is. It is the high road and the more challenging one. It is also worth it. The hard work you put it pays off ten fold. At the end of each day ask yourself, “Did I create and produce more than I consumed?”
Leaders are readers. It is true. If the most successful people on this planet are known for reading multiple hours per day I think it’s a safe bet to invest your time in reading for at least 30 minutes to an hour per day. It is said that Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Elon Musk all read more than 3 hours per day! You would wonder how they make the time for that since they have so much responsibility running multibillion dollar institutions. They would probably say they can’t do what they do or wouldn’t be so successful if they did’t invest their time reading.
Reading is a superpower. You get to literally tap in to any well spring of knowledge you desire. And you can do it for FREE! If your struggling with something you can solve the problem by reading. You can’t put a monetary value on it but you literally make yourself more valuable with each extra word you put in your head. So go read anything! Read for at least 30 minutes. If you can’t do it that means you must do it. If you don’t have the time or the money that means you have to do it. It will only help to alleviate with those problems. Go read a book on investing or how to increase your income. If you want to be better with time go read books on how to manage your time. Want to start a business? Go read a book on that!
It’s a pretty neat skill to have. The more you use it the better you get and the more fun it becomes because you will start to reap the benefits of the inputs you are putting in your head! If you can’t figure out what to read ask yourself what area of your life you want to improve and go find a book on that. If you just want to read for fun, go read anything that appeals to you…fiction, biography etc.
Your mental workout every day is to read for at least 30 minutes per day and ideally an hour. If you can do more than an hour you will reap even more benefits. Enjoy your superpower!
Want to get more done? We all do and most people say the same thing, “there just isn’t enough time!” Well here is a suggestion for you. Schedule in a FREE day in your calendar. Mine is once per week, Saturday, where I get to do whatever I want with my time that day. No shoulds, have to’s, musts or what ifs. I give myself the day to do whatever my heart desires. Now it sounds a bit paradoxical for a high achiever to give a full day off to celebrate and enjoy life and one would think he/she would not get as much done. Here’s why it is actually beneficial and you will get more done.
You will refuel your tank from the hustle you put in the rest of the week
You will be able to psychologically go harder when you do work because your brain knows it has a full day to play as much as it wants
You will teach your brain that when you work really hard there is a reward for that
It is hard for most people to switch gears. Once we get revved up and are firing on all cylinders we usually want to stay in type A high octane let’s get shit done mode. However, studies show that being able to trigger flow states which are at lower brain wave frequencies put you in a 5x more productive mindset because you are in a flow state. It is like flying above the clouds and being able to see things from a higher perspective and it makes things effortless to get done. As crazy as this may sound the only way to see if it is right for you is to test it. So here’s what I suggest:
Choose one day each week to be your absolutely free day. That means turn off your phone, absolutely no work, no business, limit technology use. Your purpose is to enjoy the day by yourself or with people you care to be around. Decide to do it for the next four weeks and notice how the rest of your week turns out. Remember when taking on new behavior like this it may take time to get used to so the key is to not get discouraged when you veer off the tracks which you most likely will. The trick is to have fun with it and be playful.