What does it take? I've wondered this for years. It's not until recently that it actually occurred to me what success is. The journey has been long and it's been hard.
It seems that I always choose one thing or the other, never both. Now I don't know if this sort of thing is the same for everyone else. For me, If I pick one thing, I have no time for the other.
This phenomenon seems to be the case for most successful entrepreneurs. One mentor I have stated it like this for his early journey:
"Some things cost too much. I started my financial journey making a promise to have the biggest bank account in the bank and I succeeded. But while I was overflowing in my bank account, my personal life was exceedingly empty. I stopped eating.
If hitting my goal per day meant 8 hours, I'd work eight. If it meant I had to work 12, I'd work twelve. If it meant I had to work 18 hours, I'd do it. I lost so much weight in that first year that if I marched towards head winds I'd be blown away with the leaves. So, remember that some things cost you too much. My family suffered and that was not fair to them." - Jim Rohn
Sadly, this is something I've found to be true. I have worked long hours. Fourteen hours some days. I have dove right in to working out before and as my health was at an all time high, my business was suffering. It could not afford the two hours a day I was spending on working out! So what's the answer? What should you do as a business owner?
Here are the facts. Tremendous wealth and success does take tremendous effort. Do you think any pro athlete gets where they are without thousands of hours of practice? Ninety-nine percent of all successful people do not excel by luck. I'm sorry, but it's just not true.
Poor people like to dwell on the few they've ever heard of who made it on luck, but listen, that was them and this is you. It doesn't happen. It's more rare than finding a treasure chest full of gold bars in your back yard. Anything less than massive effort is not going to yield those results, PERIOD. Here are some examples:
Hours Worked (in 10 year period)
So this does not state all the things you're wondering, I'm sure. So I will clear up what these two charts indicate here for you. So If we look above at Bill Gates, I will explain.
Bill Gates estimated that by the time he had started Microsoft he had already coded for at least TWENTY THOUSAND HOURS. Yes, you read that right. 20,000 hours of purposeful study of coding and computer language, but his yielded him Ninety-One Billion Dollars ($91,000,000,000). Just look at all those zero's.
In addition, Bill stated that he did not take a day off of work while running Microsoft for at least 10 years and he did not go on vacation even one time. Also, Bill says that he reads FOUR hours a day to learn more, even now. Do you have that kind of commitment?
Warren Buffet is a bit more secret about his personal life, but from what I have studied he has spent an estimated 2,500 hours reading books per year from the age of eighteen onward for 20 years. That's over Fifty Thousand hours of reading. This translated to an estimated $85 Billion Net Worth. Does that sound worth it to you?
Paul McCartney is a really interesting study. He has brought in an estimated $660 Million from his Beatles career and onward. A little known fact is that the Beatles spent nearly 10 hours a day playing together in a Red Light District of sorts for nearly 10 years before going on tour in America! Yep! That's right, they practiced for an estimated 15,000 hours before "making it big"? I don't know about you, but I've been in a band before and we usually didn't even make it past 150 hours! Can you imagine practicing together that much?
Lastly, we have Average Joe. The average person, doesn't want to learn anything new. They don't amount to much and their is a going wage for that. It's average. The point is this, an average person gets average results. People who are average don't become presidents, celebrities, or Athletes. You must be dedicated to get that far. Almost perfect even. Do you have what it takes?
Here's the thing. When your working long hours, you seem to find a groove. You are in tune with your business, which is great, but then you lose your health and start to get sick, so what is the actual problem here? Can you do it without working a zillion hours? Can you be above average, but not want to be Bill Gates? Yes, and I've figured it out. I'm going to share with you something that I've discovered about living the good life.
2 Ways to Balance Your Life:
1) Effective Health Management
Recently, I picked a program called P90X3. For those of you who are unfamiliar, it is a workout program which has been notoriously effective and helping people get their health back in line, while also being time conscious. This program goes on for three months, every day and the workouts are right around 30 minutes each. Believe me, they do work. My body has had fantastic results already and I'm not finished yet! Besides, who doesn't have 30 minutes a day?
In addition to this program, I signed up for the YMCA for my family and I. This way, we all have something fun and healthy to do every week. But do NOT neglect to go! My kids love it! What's not to love? Swimming, Basketball, Running around the track, Game rooms, etc. These two things have helped tremendously in keeping my health in line without being a big hassle. They work for me, not the other way around.