- The concept of retiring. I haven't done any research into this, but I'm pretty sure retirement is a product of the industrial career scene. Did farmers retire? We have the opportunity now to make our work a more natural, less stressful part of life again because of the leveraging power of the internet. We have the opportunity to create the kind of work we'd want to do until we die. Why do something for 40 years that you can't wait to quit? In fact, the world doesn't allow you to do the same thing for 40 years straight any more - it's changing too fast for that.
- The concept of getting a degree that is going to give you a job for the rest of your life. Colleges cannot predict what the world is going to look like and need next week, let alone next year. I was listening to an interview where the entrepreneur being interviewed said that if you graduated with a degree in marketing, then you need to throw everything you know out of the window - it's already irrelevant today. Colleges can't make the same promises to you that they used to, so don't believe everything you hear, but college can be a great experience if you play it smart - play by a different set of rules:
- The concept of living in debt. While I'm sure I may have debt to deal with at one point or another in my life, I will never accept being in debt as a way of life - even though the world operates supposedly "in favor" of the person who carries debt around. There's a true story of a couple who worked in a bakery and they made enough money to live comfortably, but they decided to save all they could and live like poor people instead. They even slept on bags of flour instead of buying a bed. Eventually, the owner of the bakery lost his business and the couple bought him out. Now they are millionaires...because they were willing to look like poor people in the beginning. Young people are starting out their lives thinking that the next steps are to get the fancy car with the monthly payment, get the cookie-cutter house with the 30 year mortgage, get the yearly vacation, get the credit cards, get the new clothes, get the furniture on loans...not to mention they are still paying off tens of thousands of dollars of student loans. These people look good on the outside, but on the inside, they have less money than the person begging for a dollar because their debt is out of control. This is normal. Decide not to be normal and be weird instead.
categorize the things I want to remember.
- I am planning an OWL Workshop, so as I bump into people I want to invite, I enter their name under a "folder" labeled "OWL WORKSHOP."
- When I have an idea for a blog post, it goes under the "BLOG IDEAS" folder.
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- You've pinned down everything in your schedule to a time and and place. Research shows that when we link an activity to a time that we are going to get it done and a place that we are going to do it, we dramatically increase the likelihood of getting that thing done. Example: At 9am, I am going to sit down at Java Coffee Shop and call 5 of my customers.
- You get your whole day out of your head and onto paper so that when you are sitting down in a coffee shop meeting with Jane or John at 8am in the morning until 8:45am, you KNOW that that is exactly what you need to be doing at that time and place.
- You pin down your To Do List. When you write a "to do list" the traditional way, you are actually choosing a time and location for each task, but you are doing so on the fly - forcing your brain to go through this energy-draining scenario: "Ok, what's next on the list?...uh...I can't do that now, I gotta wait till I get home to my computer...ok, I can mail my stuff...oh wait, I won't get to the post office in time because first I gotta be at so-and-so's house at 4...shoot I forgot the folder for her...why didn't I take care of that this morning?!" Now you know why writing your to do list the old fashioned way doesn't always work out too well. ;)
I had an epiphany this morning. I wanted to start a blog that shows the behind the scenes activity on what I do day to day as an entrepreneur. This is something I've wanted for myself - to take a peek at the nitty-gritty, day to day journey of entrepreneurs that I look up to and try to model myself after.
What does designing a successful life look like? I hope this blog answers that question for people on the most basic, helpful level possible. And no doubt it'll give me an extra push to be more productive as well. ;)
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When you commit to an idea for something, you start seeing resources for it and examples of it every where. I stumbled on My Olive Box in the Make it Yourself magazine and I didn't even have to wait till I saw the website to know that I want to sign up.
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1) Tag the contact under a label I create: OWL member, Simply Clean client, France Contact, etc. This means that by clicking on a tag, all the contacts with that specific tab pop up. This is helpful when I want to do something like send all my OWL members an email to the next workshop.
2) Make a note for the contact. I do this mainly to make sure I remember how I know/met the person.
3) Schedule an action for the contact. I love this because when the day comes that I need to do something regarding a specific contact, I get an email reminding me of what I planned to do.
I learned from master networker Harvey MacKay that we should be adding people to our list of contacts every day and finding a creative way to stay in touch. The first step to doing this is setting yourself up so that at the end of the day or week, you can take all those scribbled notes and business cards and input them into a rolodex that helps you manage your business and life in a productive, efficient way.
Designing a successful life comes down to the relationships you build with the people that become a part of your network. So treat those names, phone numbers, and emails like gold.
When I started the OWL blog a couple years ago, it was initially to help one person. I had been doing my weekly goal setting with a friend and she really wanted a friend of hers to join us, but this other person was never able to come to our little meetings. So I thought, "I'll put what we learn on a blog so that people who cannot physically join us can still be a part of what we're doing and learning!"
And now...because I decided that I would help one person, this project came to life.