I’ve done it too in my life – work too hard and spend too much time away from home. And then you find an inspirational video on YouTube, or read an amazing book that says you need a work-life balance. You go home and make all these promises to your wife, you write down ten goals, get stuck in, and after a week it just all falls apart and it fizzles out.
Here are some things that I’ve done to overcome that in my life.
I love my life and I believe you can too. I also believe that we’ve been given more than enough time to create and achieve the greatest of things in life, it’s just that you waste so much time.
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I don’t know whether you’ve heard about the Pareto Principle, the 80/20 rule? That 80% of your results are going to come from 20% of your effort. This was actually first documented by Vilfredo Pareto in 1895 when he looked around at the distribution of wealth in Italy and he realized that 80% of the wealth and 80% of the land was actually controlled by 20% of the people. He looked further afield in other countries and he realized that exactly the same principle applies, and this principle applies to science, through nature and through your life and mine.
If you make it to-do list and you write down ten goals 80% of all results will come from two of those goals
Most of the effort in your life, most of the results that you’ve produced, have come from 20% of your efforts. In fact 80% percent of everything you you’ve done has been a complete waste of time, and if you don’t believe me, just take stock, have a look around you, look at your friends, look at your family, look at what you’re doing now, look at how you spend your precious time.
Now that you realize that 80% of everything you do is completely wasted – squandered so why don’t you focus more on the 20%?
Is it that we don’t know about it?
Is it that you’re too lazy?
What is it that makes us so different from the people that have actually put the effort in that have achieved the results, the people that have been prepared to focus on the 20%, that we won’t put those actions in place in our lives.
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I’d like to tell you a story.
When I was younger and starting out in my business, I ran a coin-operated pool table business in the African townships around the city that we lived in. When we started out, we started out with one table. It was a very simple business where you put money into a slot, the balls come out and somebody plays.
The next person that wants a game, puts money into the slot the balls come out and somebody plays.
We learned how to run that business, and by the time I got to 10 pool tables, I had no time. 10 pool tables were taking all of my time, and the reason for that is that I was spending 80% of my time on the wrong things.
But as I got better and better and I understood that business, I started to spend my time on the right things, and so now 20% of my time was actually getting me 80% of the results that I was getting before.
This allowed me to expand that business to 20 pool tables. My time was completely full again, but applying those same principles to the same 20% I was able to grow that business to 30 tables. Over a period of 18 months we refined those systems so that 20% of the effort that we were putting into the 10 pool table when we started we could now run 300 pool tables.
The same effort, yes it took a little bit more time driving around to the different locations but the same effort in putting into the 10 tables magnified, we were able to scale and grow that to 300 tables.
And that simple principle, when I learned it, allowed me to change the course of my life because I took one simple technique, one principle, I focussed on the things that actually mattered, not the things that I thought mattered but the things that actually mattered.
I put those things into the business, I applied effort to those things, and those produced 80% of the results and started creating my first passive income.
When you have a system in place that takes 20% of your effort, 20% of your time it frees up a lot of time for you to do the things that you want and that’s what work-life balance came in for me.
Now I wasn’t spending all of my time running around looking after the tables, fixing tables, collecting coins.
I had a system in place that actually ran that, focused my time and actually gave me time to spend time with my family, and I got what I really wanted out of the pool table business, which wasn’t just making mone.
Believe you me, it’s really easy to make money, what’s very hard is to actually create time for yourself, and once you realize the most important things in your life are actually the moments, that the memories, the relationships and experiences that you have in your life because at the end of it all none of us are going to take stock and say we made so much money in our life.
We’re going to look around at the people in love, at the experiences we’ve had, the relationship we’ve created and all of those beautiful moments in our lives. And that’s what’s important.
The Pareto principle when applied properly can create the special moments in your life, just as it’s created in mine.
Work-life balance for each of us is different and individual.
For me, it’s spending time with my family. We travel for six months of the year, it’s surfing, it’s kite surfing and spearfishing, it’s hunting.
I love being outdoors, I love being in the ocean.
For you, it might be walking through the bazaars of Istanbul, it might might be traveling, or it might be backpacking through South America, you might be a skydiver, you might be a Ballerina, You might want to feed the poor, you may want to travel with NGOs all over the world.
I don’t know what you want to do with your life, but one thing I do know is that it’s important that you work on what you want to do with your life because time is passing.
The most precious thing we have is time.
Work-life balance – we weren’t put here to work all the time.
We were put here to be productive and spend our time doing the things that are meaningful and purposeful, that create relationships that are worthwhile, so at the end of it all we can have a purposeful life and look back and say with gratitude, that we actually achieved something lasting in our lives. So if you are listening to this and you’re thinking man, I’m so far off track, How do I get back on track?
There are just two things I’d like to do
The first one is decide what you want to do with your life.
Where do you want to be? Write that down.
What does the end picture look like? Start with the end in mind.
When you’ve done that you’ll be set up, just take the next step in achieving a purposeful life.
And step number two, you need to decide what you need to do to actually get there, and once you’ve done that make a list of things that you think that need to be done to achieve that.
Pick the top 20%, the hardest things , and start working on those. As soon as you start getting some victories with those things you’re gonna find that you get self-confidence, that your morale is boosted and you can actually move forward.
As you start picking up momentum in your life and getting rid of the deadwood, you’re gonna find that you’re achieving more, you’re feeling better about yourself and your life will change, and you will start achieving the things that you so desperately want for your life.
So once you’ve worked out what it is you actually want to achieve in your life you need to start learning how to do that, and if you don’t know, don’t worry ,there are so many tools on YouTube, online where you can go get information from people that are experts in your field, people that have been before.
You need to surround yourself with those people, spend more time with themHow do you spend time with them? By reading, reading about their stories, listening to them online, listening to their podcasts making notes ,starting to take what they are saying and putting it into action, changing your habits day by day and once you do that you’ll find that you’ll start getting the outcome that you need.
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