In his book, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Scott Adams describes the happiness formula as below:
- Eat right
- Get enough sleep
- Imagine an incredible future
- Work towards a flexible schedule
- Do things you can steadily improve at
- Help others (if you’ve already helped yourself)
- Reduce daily decisions to routine
It may not be a perfect formula. You may disagree with some or all of it. But for me, it’s a pretty decent aproximation of what I’m actually aiming for in life. And why I’ve prioritised building a business over earning a wage.
When I’m working for someone else, I have to build my life around their schedule. Often, I’ll need to be in some specific place (probably an office) for a large proportion of my day. And I’ll have to spend even more of my time commuting to and from wherever it is that person wants me to be. Often, the impact of these things alone mean that I don’t get to exercise (in the way I’d prefer) and I don’t get enough sleep.
Flexible schedule? Forget about it. And being sat in traffic or the office for the better part of my day makes it difficult for me to sustain the picture in my head of a bright future.
Working on my business checks ALL of those boxes. It means I can create the lifestyle I want to lead.
- I have the time to prepare my own food if I want to, and stay focused on eating the right things all the time.
- I can exercise when and in a way that suits me.
- I can sleep when and for as long as I need to.
- Imagining an incredible future is fundamental to my business. I have to have a vision of my business, how I expect it to grow and where I want it to take me.
- My schedule is 100% flexible. I work and schedule in clients, meetings etc at times and dates that work for me.
- I’m learning new things and stretching myself all the time, while focusing on doing work that I enjoy, and outsourcing the stuff that I don’t.
- Building a business is ALL about helping other people. If you’re not doing that, it’s not going to be a very successful business now is it?
Why am I writing about this? Well, it ocurred to me as I took 1/2hr out of my day to go and get a haircut – while I was sat in the barber’s chair, that I am incredibly blessed. It’s the first working day of the New Year after all, and most other folk have had to return to their place of work today. My family and I on the other hand are about to set off on a weeks holiday instead.
We’ll be working whilst away, but still we have built a lifestyle that gives us the flexibility to do whatever we want to do wherever and whenever we want to do it. Yes, that lifestyle comes with some sacrifices. It’s not as secure as having a regular paycheck. But it’s exciting. And fulfilling. Challenging and sometimes a bit scary.
And most important to me right now… It’s flexible.
How’s your day going? Are you enjoying being back at work, or are you ready to start building the life YOU want yet?
If you’re ready for something new, swing by our appointments page and let’s have a chat.- Simon
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