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What Do You Miss Out On When You Work Too Much?

Aug 23, 2017

 

 
       

What are you missing out on when you're working too many hours?

LOST OPPORTUNITIES

A lot of people don't like to think about this question. When I ask most entrepreneurs what they think they're missing out on, they'll say, "I'm not missing anything. I get my work done, and I'm making more money so I can have more things and so my family can be happy."

Very often, especially if you're an entrepreneur, the concept of lost opportunity usually just applies to income. It probably sounds familiar: "If I had done this project, I would have made more money" or “If I hadn't done this project and wasted my time, I could have been doing something else and making more money."

But what are you missing out on with the people around you: your loved ones, your friends and family? I’m not trying to guilt you here, but I really want you to think about it.

THE STRUGGLE TO BE TRULY PRESENT

For me, when I'm working too many...

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´╗┐What Would You Trade to Have Fridays Off Forever?

Aug 09, 2017

  

       

What would you be willing to trade or let go of to have Fridays off?

THE HIGHER YOUR EXPENSES, THE MORE YOU HAVE TO WORK

I’m posing this question specifically to the entrepreneurs and those who have direct control over their time, but it also applies to those of you who don't yet have full control of your time at work.

One of the things I learned very quickly as an entrepreneur was that I could work as many or as few hours as I wanted to, but I had to figure out how to balance this with making a certain amount of money.

Generally, the higher my expenses were, the more I had to work.

Of course, if I had a brilliant idea or sold something huge, that was great. As entrepreneurs, we often convince ourselves that we're about to discover the next great thing: something that’s never been seen before and that's going to sell by the truckload. It's great to think like that, and if it happens that's awesome.

But in...

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Remember When You Made Less & Spent Less?

Jul 26, 2017

 

      


Remember when you made less and you spent less?

My 4-Day Work Week Dream

Years ago, I was in my 30s and I had a job where my goal was to start making $40,000 a year. At the time, that felt like a huge amount of money to me—maybe it sounds like a lot to you now, or maybe it doesn’t—but at the time it was like a magic number to me.

Up to this point, I’d been trying to save money, moving in and out of my parents’ house, and maxing out my 401 by squandering it in stupid ways, all because of impatience. I go into more detail about this time in another episode.

Eventually I reached $40,000, and I really felt like I’d made it. Bear in mind, I didn’t have kids at this time, or even a girlfriend, so I only had to support myself.

But little by little, my expenses started to creep up. Now that I had achieved my goal of earning $40,000 a year, I could treat myself a bit. This is a familiar story,...

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What Would You Do with 50 Additional Fridays Off?

Jul 12, 2017

 

      


If you had 50 Fridays off this year, what would you do with them?

Imagine if every weekend this year was a 3-day weekend. What would you do with that extra time?

Maybe some of the time you’d be able to hang out with friends and family, if they were off work or school too. Some of the time you could take for yourself, pursuing a hobby, learning a new skill, or giving to charity. You could even spend some of the time getting your chores done, freeing up your weekend itself.

There's so much that changes once you start working a 4-day work week, even if you're working 10-hour days, or 40 hours per week. Admittedly, there's research that says 4-day work weeks with 10-hour days don't provide as much benefit to the employees as 4 days of 8 hours, or 32 hours per week.

In most cases, the fewer hours you're working, the less stress you’re under, and the happier you are. But it can still be beneficial even just being able to have 3...

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