"Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life."
- Wayne Dyer
Yes - I wake up at 5am every day (sometimes 4:30am)
Yes - I work an average of 15-17 hours a day
Yes - I spend at least 12 hours a week doing intense physical activity
Yes - I haven't had a real day off with no work in years
Yes - Even now I think there is more I can be doing
You see, the thing is, I only do things I love and that make me happy - otherwise I wouldn't be doing them. That's why no matter how exhausted I may get, or how many blond moments I have in my non-stop schedule, I always want to be doing more, because I love it.
My Grandfather was smart man, and a huge influence in my life. He amassed a multi-million dollar fortune and built a massive industry. Which even in his passing, supports hundreds if not thousands, and he started it all from nothing. He taught me so many things that have stayed with me to this day. Most of them were in passing, many strict lessons, but whenever I feel overwhelmed I remember some of his words of advice.
1 - "The early bird catches the worm."
Papa Rocky, my Grandfather, woke up every day before the sun. On nights when we would stay at his house, he would wake me up in the pitch black to go outside and watch the dogs chase the horses. Did I mention Papa Rocky was a cowboy? Alas, we would watch the sun come up as the dogs played with the horses. I would stand there half asleep wondering why we have to do this. When I asked, he simply would say "You gotta be doin' something, if you want something." Back then all I wanted to do was to be sleeping, but now I know exactly what he means.
2 - "If you're not the boss in five years, it's time to quit."
My Grandfather was a boss. Of everything. He believed in hard work, but in work that showed reward. He used to tell me that if you didn't own it, or you weren't in charge after five years, it was time to quit. I believe in his cowboy dialogue, what he was trying to tell me was... do the things you know, and that you can succeed in. Doing something that doesn't make you happy, will never garnish the result you want.
3 - "If you spend the week, waiting for the weekend, you're doing it wrong."
Weekends. I remember when those used to be a "break." I of course, work all weekend. Does it bother me? Of course not. Do I spend my days counting down for the weekend, as a means to escape my lackluster week? Never. Do I often forget what day of the week it is? Yep. Because I live every day to the max. Nothing beyond right now is ever promised - so why waste your precious time? Accept as many invitations as possible. Work as many jobs as you can. Walk the road less taken.
Do I recommend working crazy hours to find your success? Of course not. I'm a little crazy and I accept that. I'm busy inputting delivery invoices for tomorrow, writing this blog, returning e-mails, and my alarm will go off in less than 6 hours to do it all over again. What I do recommend though, is doing something you love, with no compromising. Don't allow your time to be wasted doing things that make you unhappy. Do be willing to work hard, but work hard at your passion....that way the actual work, just becomes your life, and a fun one at that.