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Rethink busyness…

“Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly — until you learn to do it well.” ~Zig Ziglar

Let me tell you a story.

There was once a young guy who was very busy getting all the tasks done at work. He would not leave his office until late almost every day. He loved his job and the value it provided to the disadvantaged in his country.

He was very busy… but still he was poor. And being poor turned out to be so expensive for him.

But because he loved what he did so much he kept going until his back was against the wall… until he realized he had to change what he was doing, to rethink busyness. (He still loves the work he did there but he simply couldn’t afford to stay.)

So he left and moved on with all the great experiences and skill sets that has now made him one of the highest 10% salary earners in his country and also enabled him to expand his career into a few other industries.

For him at least he was fortunate to be able to be busy doing the job he loved. For many, they are busy doing the job they hate, even worse, without realizing they must rethink their busyness!

He learned one great life lesson from his journey:

Busyness isn’t enough. You must make sure that what you do fits with your top priority in life, that what you do inches you closer every day towards the life you desire.

Back to our story, the guy loved he did but he knew that the job couldn’t possibly address his economics even if he kept at it for another 10 years.

A call to rethink your busyness:

I know you’re busy. Every one is busy. But I have a question for you which I hope will change the way you think about your busyness.

In 10 years’ time, is what you’re doing now taking you closer towards the life you desire?

If you wait until you’re free, you will never never do anything. Often people are so busy they tend to forget to revisit it, to ask this important question. Before they realize it, 10 years’ passed and they’re still living from paycheck to paycheck!

That surprised me! People are busy making a living and not building a fortune. They’re busy making a living but not building the life they desire. And they keep complaining about how miserable their life is!

Now… I invite you to take a minute here and honestly write down the answer to this question:

In 10 years’ time, is what you’re doing now taking you closer towards the life you desire?

What’s your answer? If it’s a yes, congratulations!

No? No problem! Rethink your busyness!

You ask me, how? Let’s talk in the comments section. Or if you want, email me: ysamphy@gmail.com! If you prefer to a phone call, you can reach out to me on 016-937-776!

“WHAT you do is more important than HOW you do it and doing things well does NOT make it important.” ~Tim Ferris, best-selling author The 4-Hour Workweek


What you see is what you get

I’m not talking about WYSIWYG in computing here. I’m talking about the mind of successful people.

They see what they desire even long before it actually exists. Steve Jobs saw the iPhone long before they became available in the marketplace. Mark Zuckerberg saw Facebook long before this social media website became available to billions of us worldwide.

They probably could’t comprehend anything else but the iPhone and Facebook. (Dr. Seuss said life is a great balancing act.) They would think about it all day long – morning, afternoon and night.

In the U.K, they have a £50 note as a means of currency exchange. On the back of this note is a picture of James Watt, the 18th century Scottish inventor, whose improvements to the steam engine helped bring about The Industrial Revolution. Underneath his picture is a quote which reads, ‘I can think of nothing else but this machine’.

An obsessed mind guarantees success (or failure)

Losers see themselves falling even before they get started.

Whether you think you can or that you can't, you're right. ~Henry Ford

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” ~Henry Ford

Robbins said that he places such importance on his energy levels because “If you don’t have energy, you’re gonna have no passion in your [romantic] relationship … If you don’t have any energy, you can’t do a great job with your kids because they have more energy than you do. If you don’t have energy, you’re not going to run your own business, much less multiple businesses.”

“Energy is life,” he said.

In the article in Business Insider below, Tony explains how he sustains his energy with no stimulants (and little sleep).


The main takeaway for me is that he eats well and exercises “slowly.” What’s yours?

Jim Carrey’s speech at MUM in a few words, “Wow! It’s so entertaining as always, and moving!”

“You could fail at what you don’t want [but have to do] so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” ~Jim said referring to the lesson from his father who chose to work in a safe job only to lose it when Jim was 12 years old.

If you can’t see the video, click here to view it on YouTube!

[HT: Amit Sodha of Unlimited Choice]

Truth about writing and the one tip

Writing: paper and pen

Writing brings to mind clarity. If I write what I want to speak, I speak better.

Writing keeps my learning alive. I have to learn, a lot, to keep writing daily.

Writing makes me want to read more.

Writing helps improve my communication skills.

Writing gets me social as I share my writing online.

Writing helps me help others.

Writing improve my logic and thinking.

Writing is difficult. I did my research. I thought I knew what to write. As I sat down to write, I couldn’t find the right words. Or I didn’t know where to begin. Or a second thought came and I went, it’s not good enough…

That’s why so few write. And that’s why I should.

Those who do write get the lucks. They work harder and get luckier. “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” ~Smuel Goldwyn

If you wish to get started, here’s the one tip: Show up.

Write. Every day.

Write at least 300 words a day.

Write when you can’t wait to write.

Write when you don’t feel like writing.

Write when you know what to write.

Write when you don’t know what to write.

Write how poorly.


Flickr Creative Commons photo via Olivander