When I was growing up, I had dreams of retiring at age 40.
I had a very clear vision of how it would happen. I’d make a bunch of money running my own businesses, sell them off one by one, and retire early. Then I’d never work again.
Nowadays, I have a very different idea of retirement: I simply will not retire. Ever.
Instead, my new goal is to create multiple income streams and maintain them indefinitely. I will build the flexibility to work as much or as little as I want in a given day into all of my ventures. I’ll figure out ways to extract myself from the businesses as much as possible. I’ll keep plenty of irons on the fire at all times.
I want to keep earning money well into my golden years. Why let all the skills I spent my life acquiring go to waste?
The Internet is the most powerful tool the world has ever known. Yet most people simply waste their time online. They treat it more like a television — which may actually lead to early death — than the beautiful transformative engine that it is.
Liking photos of people you don’t even know.
Gaming for hours on end.
Chatting with friends instead of getting work done.
Arguing in the comments section of an article.
Obsessing over fake celebrity rumors.
Checking sports scores over and over again.
Watching stupid videos.
Shamefully, I’ve been guilty of all of these things myself. Thankfully, I’ve also used the Internet to make a bunch of money, to forge great friendships, and to educate myself about many things that have positively impacted my life.
Each time you hop online (which is probably dozens of times a day), you have a choice. Will you use your power to improve your life, and the lives of others, or will you continue to engage in unhealthy activities?
Imagine if throughout the course of your life, you’d only ever used the Internet to educate yourself, further your career, and spread love throughout the online world. How much better of a spot would you be in now, if you spent those roughly 23 hours per week improving yourself? Over the course of ten years, that’s almost 12,000 hours, or nearly 500 entire days!
A lot of people complain about how busy they are. They just can’t seem to find the time to pursue their dreams, or get enough done in a day. They’re falling behind. I used to be that way too.
Then I discovered a way to combat this common problem. I can now accomplish many, many more things in a day than I used to. One day recently, I worked nine hours, watched a movie, played with my kids, did a load of laundry, read a bunch of inspiring blog posts, and still had time to write this. I did a bunch of other stuff too, but the things I listed are probably boring you enough as it is.
I can think of several other things I should be accomplishing too, but that will come in time. So here’s my secret. Here’s how you can create time out of thin air:
Cut out a little bit of bullshit every day.
That’s it. Just stop some of the nonsense. Not even a lot, just small amount each day. I started doing this recently, and I’m amazed at how much more I get done.
Now here’s the real kicker: I’m probably not even saving that much time yet. I estimate I’ve cut out just 30 to 40 minutes of bullshit per day so far. That time is adding up — just 30 minutes a day equates to about 182 hours a year. That’s seven and a half extra days! And I’m just getting started.
I’m still an extremely lazy person, and probably always will be. Sometimes I skip showers because I simply don’t want to go through the whole “to do” of showering. How lazy is that? It’s also gross and something a stupid kid would do. In fact, I did the same thing as a kid. Maybe I am still a stupid kid in some ways.
Right now I’m sitting in the bathroom writing this as my daughter is taking a bath. A week or two ago, I would’ve been spending this time looking at stupid Instagram photos of people I don’t know, or playing a pointless game on my phone. Instead, I’m spending my daughter’s bathtime doing something productive.
As long as I keep writing every day, I think I’ll continue to cut more and more crap out of my life. I’ll have to, because I need the time to write.
What could you accomplish if you took just 30 minutes of wasted time out of each day, and spent it instead doing something productive?
Bertrand Russell once said “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” It’s a simple message and should be obvious, but many people ignore it.
The good life is an existence filled with happiness and fulfillment. One free of anger, envy, fear, and doubt. One comprised of peace, comfort, courage, and confidence.
To achieve the good life, we must first be inspired by love. Love of people, love of life, and love of what we do. Find what you love, and fill your life with it — and nothing else. Inspiration is the system of roots feeding everything good we will ever achieve, and love is the only worthwhile inspiration.
Our life must also be guided by knowledge. Knowledge saves us from our cognitive biases. Knowledge allows us to find the right path, make the right decisions, and achieve clarity in our purpose. Knowledge is the compass that leads us away from our inherent flaws and toward a more enlightened existence.
This basic formula of love as inspiration and knowledge as guidance is all we need for success and happiness. Why do so many people ignore it?