One is that you can “get rich quick.”
And the other is that working more, or working longer hours is a formula for success.
Well think again.
Well we all know how often a get rich quick scheme blows up in your face. As for working longer, do you know anyone that works two jobs and still doesn’t make ends meet? Have you ever gotten to the end of the day and you’re exhausted, frustrated and didn’t have too much success to account for?
What if we wanted to be rich?
You need to work effectively at what you do. Let’s say you want to earn a million dollars. How can you do that without the dollar and the dream of winning lotto?
Here’s one way: Work 50 hours a week, averaging $100 per hour. If you do this for 50 weeks per year, over the course of four years, you’ll have earned one million dollars.
Cut that to $50 an hour and it takes 8 years. $25 an hour and it takes 16 years.
16 years from now you will have earned a million dollars. Possible? Absolutely. Easy? No way! It’s obviously something that would take planning, preparation, seeking and choosing the right opportunities and discipline, which is part of the investment one must make to earn that kind of money. What you do with the money will also be a factor, but the point is that there are ways that it’s possible.
However, if you just said “that’s not for me” or “that’s not possible” then what else can you do to achieve a very comfortable living, the lazy way?
Work during the work hours.
If you worked at Burger King, you’d have to:
1. Punch in and . . .
2. Work until your break, then . . .
3. Work until lunch, then . . .
4. Work until your next break, then . . .
5. Work until you go home.
Does the word work stand out in that list?
The reason the work day is designed this way is so that Burger King will succeed. They schedule employees to cover the shifts. This also allows the employee to keep their job. They have to work, and so do you!
Are you working during designated hours?
By working I mean are you accomplishing all that you can? If you aren’t, this might help:
1. Define your goals: Figure out what it is that you need to accomplish, today, tomorrow, next month and for this year and the next 5 years. Start by setting a monetary goal.
2. Define your schedule: How many hours per day and how many days per week will you commit to in order to achieve your financial goal? How many nights or weekends if any? You must sacrifice to achieve what you want. What will you do at what time? And remember you’re deciding what you want, so this is entirely up to you.
3. Show up to work: You must act as if you’re an employee of your own corporation even if you aren’t. If you think you can sit back and wish or hope for higher income or top producer status, you’re wrong. I often ask people the following question:
If you had to observe yourself as if you were the boss looking over your own shoulder, which of the three would you do?
- Would you fire you?
- Would you reprimand you?
- Would you give yourself a raise?
So which is it?
4. Be consistent: In order to achieve consistent success, you must follow your formula every day and work during the designated hours that you choose without fail. If you fail at carrying out your plan, you will fail at achieving your monetary goals.
5. Hold yourself accountable: Do not accept less than you deserve. Do not make excuses. You can be successful, but it’s all up to you. Don’t answer personal emails during the work hours. Don’t surf the internet or waste time on the forums or social media sites unless it’s growing your business. Don’t make or receive any phone calls other than those related to business, unless of course an emergency occurs.
*A sale on the latest gadget or shoe is NOT an emergency! ; )-
What does work look like?
Have you ever witnessed someone who works their tail off on the Friday before a holiday weekend to make sure they have all of their work done, just so they can leave on time (or early) with a clear conscience?
Imagine what they would accomplish if they worked that hard all day, every day, all week, all month, every year. They would get the raise, the promotion, and everything else that they deserve because they invested their time, they stayed committed and earned their reward.
“Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.”
~ Proverbs 10:4
Rock Star Life Coach & Sales Trainer