I was told years ago that the passing of time accelerates with each decade, kind of like the way the last 1/8th of a gallon goes away faster than the first 1/8th. I felt that, after I turned 50. I imagine I’m about to feel it all over again and more so.
This brings me to the point: limits. You know, I’ve often talked about self-imposed limits versus real limits, and how most people never, ever, ever get close to testing any real limits. Well, there are real limits. For time, energy, endurance. For money.
You can only do so much, manage so many projects, coordinate so many people, before the overall quality and value of what you are getting done is so drastically compromised by the quantity of what you are getting done, it’s a bad trade. So you have to DISCRIMINATE, PROCRASTINATE and ABSTAIN. You have to be selective about what you decide to do and not do. You have to put things on a back burner, schedule when you will re-visit them, and ignore them until then.
You have to pass altogether on good, worthy, lucrative and interesting opportunities. For a really successful person who values opportunity and has a great work ethic like me, this is very difficult. Personally, I find it more difficult than it was to go from zero to success in the first place.
You and I must modify the way we play our games based on reasonable and realistic assessments of the changes in ourselves and those around us.
This year there have been quite a few GKIC Inner Circle Members who added entire, new businesses to their existent businesses, who added two hundred fifty thousand, five hundred thousand,even $1-million and more to their incomes. Why not add that same amount again? Heck, why not multiply instead of add?
There may be no good reason at all. Why not? Go ye forth and multiply.
Or – you may be wise to temper, to more carefully pace your growth and success. I frequently talk about the importance of “enough is enough numbers”. The king who keeps adding rooms onto his castle with nothing to put in them, no reason to have them, is a fool.
Lots of businesspeople are captive prisoners to their businesses because they are ignorant of “our kind of” marketing and entrepreneurial strategies. They are on call 24-7, they feel unable to be away for a vacation for a week or disconnected for an hour. That’s one kind of prison.
Others are imprisoned by failure — their incomes meager. But success can be a prison, too. You can become captive to unrestrained ambition. The midas touch can be curse.
There is magnificent obsession. But also just obsession.
So, it might be good to set aside a little time to check on your compass, to verify and enunciate your complete definition of “success”. Otherwise you might miss it. It’s even possible to over-shoot it.