Success comes from experiencing life and utilizing the finite resource of time the best we can. Everything else is just a distraction.
Success starts with properly managing your time. Even if you manage your fifteen minutes of fame, without finding a way to prioritize your day it’ll end in failure. Maintaining success requires hard work, careful planning and above all else: Execution. The perfect plan, the perfect people and imperfect execution will earn you little. Find a way to carry it out however and you may just get to watch the magic happen.
The internet, self help books and motivational speakers list thousands of ways to make it big. If you are looking for a magic bullet however, you’ve already failed. Fear not! Failure is just an opportunity to learn from a mistake and, as my-never-once-a-good-friend Jim Morrison once sang, “break on through to the other side.”
Begin with assessing your day. Every minute is an opportunity. I’m not the type of guy to encourage micro management, but in this case it means everything. Utilize every opportunity. Productive effort is just as habit forming as laziness though the cycle is easier to break. Get up a little earlier. Go to bed a little later. Turn off the television. Stop staring blankly into space putting more effort into making it look like you are thinking than it would take to actually think.
Take a look at that snazzy doitallforyou smart phone you have clipped to your belt or stuffed haphazardly into your back pocket. It’s an incredible tool, purpose-built to help us achieve more in life. As the commercial says: “There’s an app for that.” Therein lies the problem though. There’s an app for everything else, too.
Scroll through your installed app’s screen. I’d be willing to bet there are more than two or three usurpers of productive time in there. Chances are pretty good at least a couple of them aren’t just in the screen that lists apps. I’d be willing to bet good money most people have them front and center on their home screen. May as well label them exactly what they are: usurpers of time.
Take five minutes and add up the amount of time you spend staring at Farm Heroes or Candy Crush (or any one of a thousand other games/apps) in a given day. A week? A month? For many of us, the time adds up quickly, incrementally sapping our motivation and willpower. I’d be willing to bet many of you have some kind of emotional attachment to the games. There is a need to continue on, to see the next level, to conquer just one more.
Remove them. All of them. Replace the lost time with activities that are productive and will earn some kind of benefit later. Spend a few minutes cleaning the kitchen and have that much more time to spend with family. Install a free office app and jot down a few writing ideas. Brainstorm marketing schemes. Research a client. Read the news. Learn about another culture.
The key to success begins with managing the time we have. Time, even for Methuselah was never a renewable resource. Nothing has changed. We have only so much and don’t often get to choose when we run out. We all need to take a step back and drill the reality into our consciousness. Success, however you define it, cannot be gained playing a game on your phone and becoming ever more oblivious to the world.
We’ve grown too attached to our phones, that’s for sure. They provide us with a way out in uncomfortable situations, connection to loved ones, and entertainment while we’re pooping. The problem lies in the loss of our own humanity. A successful life may be different for each of us, but the truth is it will never be achieved via a cell phone. Success comes from experiencing life and utilizing the finite resource of time the best we can. Everything else is just a distraction. Remove the games. Use the tools. Reap the benefits and stop playing your game of phones.
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