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Bringing Happiness and Fulfillment to Your Work

 

 

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Have you ever worked in a place that just had awesome energy? Things were happening and moving forward, and people were excited to be there. Think about what that felt like.

And have you ever worked in a place that wasn't as happy? Maybe it was just depressing, or people didn't want to be there and they were miserable.

Bringing Joy to Work...

I want you to think about, in each of those environments, what was it that really caused the happiness? Part of it might be the nature of the work. Some work can be fun or engaging, some of it maybe not so much. That's certainly part of the equation.

But another part of the equation is probably what the people themselves brought. There have been people who have worked in situations that are miserable to some people, and yet these people are happy in them, and vice versa. What I'm going to suggest to you is happiness, joy, motivation: all these things are brought in to work by the...

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The Power of Intentions vs. Goals

 

 

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Have you ever had a goal that you wanted to happen so badly, but it wouldn't happen the way you wanted no matter how hard you tried, and yet things turned out better than you anticipated?

Today, I want to talk to you about the difference between goals and intentions.

There's a great song by Garth Brooks called Unanswered Prayers, where he talks about his desire to marry his high school sweetheart, but it doesn't turn out that way. And later in the song, he gets to meet her at a reunion, and he says, “I thank God for unanswered prayers.” And the concept was that the universe, God, fate, or whatever you want to believe, had better plans for him than what he originally thought.

The Difference Between Intentions and Goals

When it comes to goals and intentions, there's a fine line between them. This is a concept I'm so grateful to have learned a lot about from mentors like Deepak Chopra, Shakti Gawain, and Wayne...

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Necessary Entrepreneurial Boredom

 

 

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If you're an entrepreneur or somebody who wants to be an entrepreneur, I want you to think about this: which two things do you want most out of your business?

If you're like most entrepreneurs, you want some sort of creative excitement. You want some to feel like you're in control of your destiny, and like you’re creating something and making something happen that hasn't been done before. But at the same time, you want a source of income that gives you the freedom to be creative: something that's automatic.

But if you look at these two things, they're almost exact opposites, and this is why we're going to need to have some necessary boredom in the work we do. Let me show you why.

Creativity Vs Steady Income

Novelty

Creative excitement comes from doing new things: things we've never done before, or things that are exciting.

Automatic income comes from doing something that we've done before and we know it works. Anybody who...

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The Entrepreneur's 4 Primary Focus Areas

 

 

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Today, we're going to talk about the entrepreneur's 4 primary focus areas. Most entrepreneurs are really focused on 4 things, and if they can do these things and constantly improve them, life gets better, and if they can't, it doesn't.

There's an acronym I want to use for this: LIFE.

Lifestyle

Most entrepreneurs are looking for a certain lifestyle. They were working for somebody else before, and they said, “I want to have control over my lifestyle, my time freedom, be able to come and go when I please, and I actually want to be able to afford a certain level of lifestyle with regards to making more money, being able to afford nicer things, afford more freedom, travel, and so on.” Most people don’t feel they can get this as an employee.

Income

Entrepreneurs are usually looking for more income. Whatever they were doing before, they probably thought they could make more money as an entrepreneur. They want to know...

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EFFORT Entrepreneurs vs. IMPACT Entrepreneurs

 

 

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If you listen to some of the more popular thought leaders in the entrepreneurial space, you'll hear some of them talk a lot about effort, hustle, and grind. You'll also hear others talk about quality of life, impact, and meeting client needs. People can get easily get caught up wondering which is better, or which is right.

Here, we’re going to go over each viewpoint, and how each one can help you to maximize your results, whether you're an entrepreneur, an employee who wants to become an entrepreneur, or an employee who simply wants to get paid more, or a business owner who wants to grow your business.

Effort vs. Impact

When you look at effort versus impact, some people believe that effort and hard work alone are the primary keys to success and wealth. Certainly, there are some examples of this being true, and there are some people that just work so hard that they eventually figure things out.

Then there are others who...

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The 2 Types of Work You Want to Be Doing

 

 

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Have you ever found that there are some types of work that you like doing, but there are other types of work you don't like doing?

If you've had a career for any period of time and ever worked in a role where you have to do multiple tasks, you've probably found that you like doing some of them more than others.

One of the most important things that I've found to make my career and my time more enjoyable is to focus on the work I really enjoy.

Years ago, I did a project on retirement for a career counseling course that was part of my master’s degree in psychology. I asked lots of people what their definition of retirement was, and when they thought they’d get there. One man’s answer really struck me.

He told me, "Wade, I'm already retired. By my definition, I'm doing what I want with my time, I'm helping people manage their money, their funds, I’m helping them create the finances for their goals and their kids'...

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My Members Only/Generation One Jacket

 

 

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Have you ever wanted something just so badly you had to have it? Everybody else had it, so why couldn’t you have it?

You thought about the thing you wanted, and maybe even prayed about it, and you asked your parents, or you asked the universe, or you asked God, “Can I have this?” But even though you asked with all your heart, you didn’t get it. Have you ever gone through that?

My Members Only Jacket

For me, that was my Members Only jacket. Any of you that grew up in the ‘80s probably know what a Members Only jacket was. It was just a windbreaker: nothing very fancy, but it had a little tag that said it's Members Only.

All the cool kids had one, all the kind-of-cool kids had one, even all the dorky kids had one, but I didn't have one. This was one of the only things I think in life that I ever really wanted in this way.

I begged my Mom for one, in any color, but she told me “Wade, these things cost like...

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Think Like a Freelancer

 

 

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Do you remember how it felt when you got your first pay check?

If you were a kid and all your expenses were already taken care of, it might have felt kind of like bonus money that you’d found. If you were working because you had to work, it might have been just something else that would help you take care of the bills or do what you had to do.

Thinking Like a Freelancer

One of the things I found is that when people can think like a freelancer, they can really tap into the best way to understand how you think like a 4-Day Work Week person. If you’re an entrepreneur or a business owner, thinking like a freelancer might simplify the way you think. If you're an employee, it might raise the bar a little bit on how you think. It really just comes down to a couple of basic premises.

1) Freelancers Work for Fun, Purpose, and Freedom

I remember my first pay check. I was 9...

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The 5 Big Benefits of Being a 4-Day Work Week Parent

 

 

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Do you ever find yourself listening to one of your kids, and they're talking to you and they're telling you something that's very important to them, but halfway through you realize you're not really present in the way you wish you were?

There's this little voice that goes off in your head that says, “Man, I wish I was a better parent. I should be listening to my kids more.” This person's trying to tell you something that's hugely important to them, but at the same time you're like, “Oh my God, I just can't take this anymore. I can't just be a parent. I need to have some sort of identity of my own.”

Well, the good news is, if you can create a 4-Day Work Week lifestyle, and if you can get more free time for yourself, you might be able to solve this issue. In fact, there are 5 main ways that working a 4-Day Work Week has helped me be both a better parent and...

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The Price of Our Vices

 

 

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What are your vices costing you in terms of money, time, happiness, and freedom?

When we look at how we live our lives, there are a couple different ways we can do things. If we have very few vices in our lives, we can earn our income in less time. We have time to enjoy life and get our rest, which means we don't need external things to satisfy us as much. I've found that when I’m working a 4-Day Work Week, the more I'm taking time off, the less I need vices to help me do things or get over things.

By vices, I don’t necessarily mean anything terrible. I mean the things that most of us use in some form or fashion, like smoking, alcohol, drugs, coffee, energy drinks, fried foods, highly processed foods, or refined sugar. I know I've got a couple on that list.

I call them vices because they’re not good for us, not because they’re mortal sins or anything like that. But we know these things aren't helping us get what...

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