I’m reading an awesome time management book called The Other 8 Hours by Robert Pagliarini. The main premise of the book revolves around the idea that if you want to create new wealth and purpose, it’s not going to happen during your 8 hours of sleep time or your 8 hours at your main job. You’ll have to work on this passion during the 8 other hours of the day.
I love the section about LifeLeeches- 24 time and life suckers that you need to work upon to reclaim your life and get you on the path that you desire. I’m not going to go into all of them specifically- but I’m sure it would astonish you to know that many people spend 25-35% of their free time passively engrossed in the television- over the course of a lifetime. Realistically we live into our 70’s and 80’s, but the amount of time we have to pursue our own passion and create a life of purpose is roughly half of that- approximately 42 years.
We have a finite amount of time on this earth. We can make our own choices about what we want to do, who we want to become, where we want to live, what we want to see and the steps that we need to take to get there. It’s perfectly acceptable to find the right people, read the right books, and seek out the right courses to achieve and accomplish all that we imagine we want out of life.
Jim Rohn discusses this concept in one of his seminars- how people look into the future and think in terms of years versus actual number of times. If you get the chance to go on vacation once a year over the next 20 years- you only have 20 more vacations left in your lifetime, not 20 years. Grab the moment while you can and do everything that you can to achieve your dreams. Capture your ideas in any manner possible- with paper and pen, with voice recorders, through your cell phone, on your laptop- and explore these options when you have the time to brainstorm.
So if you need to get your finances in order, it’s fine to make sacrifices and seek out a second part-time job until you feel like you have everything under control. I also enjoy Robert’s concept of frictionless reciprocation. If there is a way to help family or friends when you are already doing an activity out- they can also help you out in return to maximize your time in other areas of your life.
I’m 120 pages in and think I will be returning to this book time and again for direct application to my life. I agree that you can’t spend the 8 hours away from work and sleep just letting the time pass idly by. Pull together your own mastermind or accountability group if you have to- just let the imagination fly, think about your passions and how you can move into accomplishing all of your dreams while living the full life you’ve always desired.
Where do I see my passion these days? Writing, reading, bowling, and the music business are all areas of big interest- along with adoption, therapy and mental health. I need to sit down and really evaluate my skill set to see where I want to take these interests over the next 3-5 years. I’m thankful for all the wonderful comments and how I’ve been able to help many through their day to day lives.
Until next time, keep reaching for the stars.