In the past 12 days I’ve blogged every single day and I plan to continue for a total of 30 days. My approach to blogging is very similar to how I start companies. I get inspired, write something down, hit publish and then fix the typos and issues as I get feedback. Seriously. It’s very iterative and there’s quite a few people that help.
The world is riddled with people and their excuses. They always have a reason for something not going their way. I choose to take a different approach.
I believe that I own 100% of my outcomes. I either win or I lose because of my actions. Some might blame circumstances but I don’t. I look at it as a learning experience.
“Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.”
The challenge in todays world is that almost anyone can be reached via email. You can either guess their email using a tool like Rapportive, or just find their public Facebook page and message them directly. In some ways, your inbox is filled with everyone else’s to-do’s.
A few years ago I heard someone say “Everything that exists in the world was created by man. Everything.” Rituals, holidays, cities, objects, innovation – it was all created by a person who had an idea, convinced enough other people it was worthwhile, and brought it to life. If that’s true, then are we living someone else’s reality?
Most people find it weird that I’ll train for 6 months so I can attempt to summit the biggest mountain in the contiguous United States – Mt Rainier – but I won’t: wait 10 minutes in line at the bank, spend 30 minutes cleaning my car, or mow my own lawn. I just wont do it. I refuse to do it.
Some say I’m lazy. I call it leveraging my time.
The #1 decision effecting your ability to kick ass in life is making a conscious decision as to who you spend time with.
When I began my entrepreneurial journey at 17, I didn’t know any other entrepreneurs. The closest person I had was a friend, that was running his father’s company, who used to argue with me that being late for meetings was a great way to show a potential customer that you were busy, so you must be good… and my Uncle who was in the mafia. So not the highest quality advice out there.
One of the best things about building a technology company is the ability to work from much anywhere. One way to take advantage of this is to go on a “workation“. I took my first workation three years ago when I decided to spend six weeks in Canada over the summer. The plan was to work in the morning, enjoy the boat in the afternoon, and finish up anything at night. To my surprise it actually worked quite well. Since then I’ve done a half dozen and feel blessed to be able to live in a world where this is possible. Here’s some secrets I’ve learned along the way to make them productive.
Time is money. Money buys time. You can get more of one by investing in the other. Both are resources you can use to create a more meaningful life. Things that are important to me are; being close to my family, being creative, travelling, connecting with brilliant people, and solving problems that will leave a dent on the world.
The way I do this is by trading money for time and then invest that time on those things. There’s a bunch of ways to do this, but here’s a quick list of how I spend money for time.
- Grocery service
- Travel agent
- Laundry service
- Hiring great people
- Money manager
- Property management
I could do a whole post on the services and people that I use, but that’s not the point. The point is how you should look at money and where you should be investing your time. There’s no point in being successful financially if you don’t create time to spend it with those you love the most.
I either hang out with my family and friends, or work. That’s it. On the surface some might think I’m lazy or I like to waste money – but that’s because they don’t understand how and why I do this. I only work on things that I’m uniquely qualified to do and that will act as a force multiplier to create value. Value in my life as an entrepreneur means wealth and relationships. Anything else is a distraction and huge waste of my time.
The way I look at “investing” my money is in myself or other people. I’ve always been an entrepreneur and have an active company that I’m working on – today it’s Clarity.fm. I also invest in real estate. The other way I invest is in other people as an angel investor. Today I’ve been involved in 15 other companies and have already made a positive return even though 10+ of those companies are still running.
What I don’t waste my money on is car payments, consumer debt, and other expensive crap that’s not useful. If I can’t buy it cash – and will have time to use it – I don’t buy it. Furthermore, most things can be rented – no need to own. On that note, I’d much rather invest in a company or startup then buy a new car. It’s just more fun, and it plays into what I said early: “connecting with brilliant people”.
The truth is I didn’t start off this way. For a long time I did everything myself and nearly got burnt out. Over the past few years I’ve change things around to get more time and it’s allowed me to be more present, focused and effective.
I’m blessed each day I get to create great product, with brilliant people, for customers that I love. I’m fortunate to be able to travel to visit my friends and family all over the world. I wanted to share some of these beliefs and hope to inspire you to look for was you can trade money for time, then use that time for opportunity to create more meaningful value (wealth), or just spend more time with your family.
We don’t need more stuff. We need more time.
About the Author: Cory Schop is a designer, social media enthusiast, and serial
web entrepreneur who makes a living from Facebook, SEO and his Affordable
Logo Designer services among other things. You can follow him on Twitter @coryschop and
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