Tuesday 8 June 2021

Create a Vacuum (4/10)

Nature abhors a vacuum. Ever heard that? Do you know it is true and it applies to making money also? I can imagine your schedule is presently full. Correct? The question is full of what? Things that are helping on your goals' journey or sheer distractions. 

Jim C. Collins, in his books, "Good to Great," and "Great by Choice," talks about the "Stop Doing List." The big questions include, "if you only have a week to live, what are the things you'll stop doing?" Those might just be the things keeping you from your wealthy place.

William J. Reilly, in his book, "How to Avoid Work," relates the below three excuses given by most people for not doing the things they ought.

1. ‘I haven’t the time.’
2. ‘I haven’t the money.’
3. ‘My folks don’t want me to.’

You can already see how absurd these are. Who has enough time, and who doesn't? We all have the same amount of time every day. We are judged on that basis. Everyone gets 60minutes an hour, 24 hours a day, no more no less. We are responsible for optimizing it in finding our way home. No excuse will sell.

Jim suggests ways that one can practice “stop doing.” These include,

1. The first piece of the puzzle is clarifying your Hedgehog. “We should stop doing anything that doesn’t fit with the Hedgehog.” What is your hedgehog? That is,

a. What are you deeply passionate about?
b. What are you genetically encoded for — what activities do you feel just “made to do”?
c. What makes economic sense — what can you make a living at?

#2. As simple as it sounds, actually start your “stop doing” list. Begin your “stop doing” list. I have my “to do” list; and right next to my “to do” list is my “stop doing” list. When you go over your “to dos” for the day, make sure you start by reviewing your “stop doings.”

#3. When you do your annual planning, don’t just say, “These are our objectives for the years one, two, and three”; also have your top three objectives to stop doing. And for every “to do” objective, you should also have a “stop doing” objective.

Wealthy June.
St. Akin de RICH.

© 2021 Akin Akinbodunse.

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