A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to a cousin of mine who read a blog post. She noted that she had read a recent post, then scrolled to a random post a couple years back and noticed that the content had been pretty similar.
I was struggling with the same thing I had been struggling with.
I had come to the same conclusions that I had realized back then.
had written a blog post that summarized my learning and memorialized my wisdom from the whole experience.
Unfortunately. I must have forgotten it. (smh), because years later, here I was – re-learning, re-conquering, and re-writing about it.
I wonder if anyone else has similar struggles? Anyway, I was reading my new favorite blog post (and perhaps blogger) of now-time: (http://www.joshuakennon.com/one-of-the-most-important-lessons-about-life-and-making-money-you-can-ever-learn/) and re-realized a lesson that I often forget.
Money is a tool. A mile-marker. An accessory to helping you live a good life. Trading your life for money is nonsensical.
So why do I forget this? How do I forget this? How can I make sure that I remember it?
First..How do I forget it?
Tunnel Vision. This year I read an amazing book by Gary Keller called “The One Thing”. This book’s main premise was that we needed to think deeply about the myriad goals we have in life, business, and personally. We should take stock of all the different goals we have and think very carefully before focusing on one priority.
It’s a great book. A great idea.
Couple that thought with my newfound infatuation with the teaching’s of one Gary Vaynerchuk. He is a disciple of the work-hard philosophy. It’s one that I am also an apostle of; but recently he made me ask myself, if I could work harder?
And the question that has haunted me for the last couple of weeks has been: What would your life look like if you had decided to work hard earlier in my life?
“What if instead of goofing off in the 9th grade I would have worked hard? Would I have went to Harvard? What if in College I had really applied myself? What if I had conquered my fears and bought a investment property to live in during school in Macon? If I had worked harder academically would I have gotten into medical school? Would I be an anesthesiologist now? What if I had double majored in college or pharmacy school and gotten an MBA? What if I discovered my love of business earlier? What if I explored the limits of my capacity earlier? What if I started blogging earlier?”
Do you see how this question can lead to a rabbit hole of regret?
How it can lead you almost unbidden to a (possibly mistaken) belief that if I just work a LITTLE harder right now, I can be in a better place later on?
On the other side of that temptation to work nauseatingly hard is the thought that I should enjoy the moment. That I could die at any moment. That 20 years down the road isn’t promised to me. That the only guarantee that I have is the present moment.
I think I just have to remind myself that (1) God is good (2) I’m ok. Just as I am. with just the amount of work that I decided to put in.
Work hard. Enjoy Today.
For me, this is often easier said than done.
Fly or fall.