Millions of people have dreamt of being successful, having more money than they can spend, having the luxury vehicle, wonderful home, and beautiful wife. It’s easy to visualize having everything you ever wanted in your mind, but getting there is another story. If it was easy to be successful while doing the one thing you love most while never having to worry about money again, then everyone would be doing it. It’s true that some have had it easy, but most have to grind to get anywhere in life.
Getting to the path of professional and financial prosperity has never been more complex or crowded than it is in this day and age. Anywhere you turn, you’re up against competition. When one product disrupts the market and generates massive profits and buzz, many others jump on the bandwagon to obtain some of that market share. A lot of jobs have become automated, thus less need for humans to do the leg work. Prices of necessities and housing have increased, thus making it more prevalent than ever to have more than one stream of income on hand. With all this comes the increase in ways to access entertainment, interact with strangers, purchase merchandise, find love, etc.
There’s a lot of clutter in the storage space, and it’s up to you to keep your space clean and well maintained. What I mean by that is there is a lot of things that can distract you and keep you from focusing on working towards your goals. It’s pretty easy to get off track, especially if you’re constantly on social media, watching Netflix, messaging friends, or reading the latest celebrity gossip. Whatever hobby you love doing, if you find yourself doing it too often, even more than your work, then you’re easily distracted.
For years I had been a gamer. I started playing since I was five. I have had the gaming bug since. With online gaming being so popular, as well as some games having a immersive world with 100+ hours of content to explore, I had found myself addicted to games countless times, with the latest being Overwatch. Instead of working on my business or researching new ways to generate a revenue stream, I found myself indulged in match after match either trying to keep my team healed with Mercy or competing to get the play of the game with Symmetra. After playing for over 400 hours, I finally had to decide between my future or the game. I chose the former, trading in Overwatch at Gamestop in the process.
If you find yourself immersed in the things not related to your work and they’re taking up chunks of hours of your time, you have to make a decision on if you really want to become successful or live a normal life of trying to get by. If you want success, and you’re unhappy where you are now, then you can easily pinpoint the things that you’re doing that’s keeping you from working towards your goals. If you need to, write a list of those things that are a distraction in your life, and then decide whether to get rid of them completely, or wait until the night time or weekends to indulge yourself in those activities.
If great innovators like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos or Michael Dell allowed distracts to dictate their actions, then Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, or Dell Computer would have never existed, or if anything, never been the multi-billion dollar juggernauts that they are today. Building multi-million or billion dollar empires requires sacrifice and discipline. If you are serious about making your dreams come true, then it’s time to get started in limiting your involvement of the things that aren’t helping you to succeed. If you have to delete Instagram, do so. If you have to sell your gaming console to stop playing games, then do it. If you have to tell your friends to only contact you after 9:00pm, then make it so. Make those adjustments, as this action will mark the beginning point in your path to success.