For years I was known for insane work ethic. I think the immature or jealous would have said I was a workaholic. I think I was year 1 and 2 of business, but there was not much of a choice when working a 60 hour a week day job AND building a business. The next several years I became less about insanity working and more about being wildly focused and intense. There are a few reasons I did this….
1) It takes it. It really does….especially in the beginning.
2) I loved what I was doing. The more I did it. The more I loved it.
3) I know from experience, my mentors, and study that you can outrun anybody if you put in the effort and I am living proof. I am not the smartest or the best but I can outwork and out last anyone.
4) It was all a part of a grand plan. (Most people don’t know this about me- I never shared it until now)
My friend, Larry Winget, says “Dreams don’t come true. Plans come true.” And I have had a plan for everything in my business every year, every month, every day from the start. 90% of all of it I have shared with my clients, tribe, and team, and the rest has been my personal plan.
Years ago when I read the quote about ” living a few years of your life like most people won’t so you can live the rest of your life like most people can’t ” it made a ton of sense to me.
Basketball players can’t play for ever.
Opera singers voices change.
Carpenters hand eventually get shaky
But no matter what you do you can set yourself up for forever. And that is what I have been doing the last five years. I intentionally lived my life in such a way that I could live it in a certain way now. Don’t get me wrong….I work hard. I manage 15-17 full time employees, run 20 events a year, 20 launches, speak 1-2 times a month, but I have been able to scale back, slow down, and shift priorities.
It was always my plan.
I was known for super late nights …..I am now usually in bed by 10.
I coached 7-9 hours a day…..I now coach 3.
I did all my own copy, launch planning, sales, and management….. I now do about 10%
I worked in the evening and on weekends…. now only on occasion or when I want to.
I did not get lucky or lazy. It was a plan. And it worked because if you work a plan it always does. Here is my advice to you if you want to set yourself up for long term.
1) Have a plan. And work it. To an insane default. Do every damn thing you say you will do.
2) Don’t launch a business and expect to get to be where I am now and when you are not get pissed and stop. It took me and every other Inc 500 winner years to get to here. Be patient. Work the plan.
3) Over hire as you get more and more successful. Last year I over staffed myself. I knew it. But I was hiring for where I wanted to go and not where I was.
4) Know what you want out of life. Business sucks if your life sucks. Money does not replace joy.
So, you too can start to give some of it up. It just might not be this year, but plan it and it will happen.