Anything of Value Takes Vision and Time Part II
“My focus is not bigger; its quality and I want to make sure it’s something I’m proud of years from now. It’s very difficult managing myself. Every night when I go to sleep, I ask hundreds of questions. I’m making mistakes and I’m learning from them. I’ve never been afraid to fall”
The creator has never stopped producing greatness and great people. Many look to the past, some look around but the wise amongst us look within. What quality are you admiring in others but missing about yourself? The same essence that is in those whom we admire, the creator has placed into us. But it’s untapped, unused and lays dormant.
Mine Your Own Business
Our greatest asset is not money, because the value of the dollar rises and falls and the wise know that getting money does not mean getting wealthy (another subject for another time). Our greatest asset is not our looks, look in the mirror many of us are getting older but not wiser and your looks may get you attention but if you are not maintaining your mental and physical health properly aging gracefully will miss you. Many miss the greatest asset in the world. Many ignore and neglect it until it is no more. The Have-not’s play with it believing they have tomorrow not realizing tomorrow never comes….ALL YOU HAVE IS TODAY
Your greatest asset is TIME. Your greatest abilities are based on what you do with it. But unorganized time is a waste of time. Every week we are given 168 hours (7 days). The average American works close to 40 hours a week and sleeps nearly 56 hours a week (8 hours a night). When you deduct the amount of hours you work and the amount of hours you sleep in a week it leaves you with 72 hours. If you deduct 3 hours a day per day to getting ready for work and travel that’s 21 hours and it leaves you with 51 hours a week of free time.
If you focused two hours of your day (14 hours a week) towards your goals and dreams that would leave you 5 hours a day for free time. To say you have no time is an excuse poorly crafted by an unorganized and possibly an unknowing individual. But as Jim Rohn says “what some find easy to do, others find easy not to do.”
WHAT MAKES THE GREAT “GREAT”
What are you doing with your time? What have you habitually given your time to? Malcolm Gladwell studied what made people successful in his book “Outliers”, The book states that it takes 10,000 hours to achieve mastery in anything. Gladwell studied the lives of extremely successful people to find out what they did to produce the success they had.
Gladwell found that natural talent is not as important as practice for instance: In the early 1990s a group of psychologist studied violin students. The entire group of violinist had begun playing at the age of 5. At the age of 20 the elite performers were observed to have practiced an average of 10,000 hours each while the less able performers only practiced an average of 4,000 hours.
Gladwell studied Bill Gates, most of us think Bill Gates dropped out of college, started a computer business and became a billionaire. Many wish they were lucky like Bill Gates without observing that they are. Gates went to a school named Lakeside where he spent much of his time in 8th grade (1968) learning how to program computers. Gates lived near the University of Washington and to feed his curiosity and hunger for computer programming as a young high school student, he would sneak out of his parents’ home at night to visit the University’s computer lab to give as much time as he could to his desire. When he launched Microsoft in 1975 he had acquired his 10,000 hours of preparation and was ready for the task at hand.
10,000 (7 to 8 years) hours seems like a lot of time, and it is. But isn’t the time going to pass anyway? Gladwell studied The Beatles, The Jackson 5, Steve Jobs and many other highly successful men and women (famous and non-famous but all were important), and he observed the common thread: it wasn’t talent that got them to where they were it was the time they put towards what they wanted to accomplish. He observed that people who leaned on talent and good looks alone without developing it into a skill didn’t get very far.
From this day forward take the time and refine the skills God has placed within you. Give what you say you desire the proper time, love, dedication and diligence. Stop being average (the best of the worst and the worst of the best). Nobody wins by accident and victories that are easy are cheap and do not last long.
I NEVER CONSIDERED MYSELF PARTICULARLY TALENTED, WHERE I EXCEL IS THE RIDICULOUS AND SICKENING WORK ETHIC…WHILE THE OTHER PERSON IS SLEEPING I’M WORKING, WHILE THEY ARE EATING I’M WORKING, WHILE THEY ARE PLAYING I’M WORKING..WHILE THEY ARE MAKING LOVE ……..WELL I’M MAKING LOVE TOO BUT I’M WORKING HARD AT IT…
– Will Smith
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