It’s more than just 4 hours!
Tim Ferriss’s book “The Four Hour Work Week” opened my eyes to the concept of location independence and the idea that the template life is not the only option. The point is that you can eliminate and spend only minimal time on the stuff you don’t like.
However, despite its name, the author never says that you can be rich and travel the world working only four hours a week. Too many people read the title and think, “I can work less than 1/10 of my current schedule and have my dream life!” THEY ARE WRONG! That’s laziness and it doesn’t get you much of anything except poorer.
His book is great but you’re still going to have to work your ass off if you want something worth having. (I know, not a popular message.)
Which is what I’m doing.
My work week
I have a full time job, I’m married with two kids (and another one on the way), and I have way more stuff than can fit in a backpack.
To say the least, I’m not the poster child for lifestyle design (or minimalism for that fact).
But I also don’t think it is limited to people who ARE single/childless minimalists. I currently have a full time job which requires my presence at a desk Monday through Friday. Not as glamorous as Bali, Thailand, or the blogger mecca (Portland, Oregon) but I’m paid well for the work I do at that desk. That means everything I do online has to fit in somewhere amongst the family, work, sleep, commute, etc lifestyle that I have. Some things have been significantly reduced or eliminated (sleep, TV, video games, extensive social life) in order to make room for my endeavors. (PS – That’s another way of saying I’m making sacrifices.)
That means that between my two jobs (my full time job and my own personal work), I’m working on average between 80 and 100 hours a week! That’s way more than four hours.
In fact, that means that each of my weeks is more than half a year of four hour work weeks!
Some days I feel like my brain is going to explode…but I’m not giving up. My goal is to be location independent, to have more time with my family, and be financially free. That is not a cheap dream though.
What is this word “failure” you use?
More difficult than the hours I’m putting in is the mindset I’m having to develop. In fact, I’d say much of the work I’m doing is transforming old (and bad) thought patterns. The words “failure“, “can’t”, “impossible“, and many others are slowly melting away from my daily vocabulary.
There is no room left for poor thinking in my life plan.
I’ve also focused a lot of time and energy on surrounding myself with successful people and people fighting to chase their dreams; others who also refuse to use the word “failure”. You can’t do this alone.
I’ve discovered that too many people are content with getting a lifestyle design hard-on but doing nothing about it. They’re content with information gluttony as they consume content about how to live a better life while not exercising anything they’ve learned. Hoping for the right opportunity, idea, or luck they wait for someday to come along before pursuing their dreams.
Basically, they think they can steer a parked car.
Which brings me to YOU!
Either this is your first time here or you’ve hung out for a while. Either way I want to know the answers to these questions:
- Are you just a passive consumer of information?
- Are you chasing after your dream life even if it means sacrificing things you won’t care about a year from now?
- Are you willing to put in the hours to make it happen?
- Are you eliminating all of the failure words from your daily vocabulary?
- Are you surrounding yourself with successful people?
Don’t just think about what you want your life to be, do something about it today!
What are YOUR answers to these questions?