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The 4-Hour Workweek – Beginning the Journey

One of my gifts this Christmas was the book, The 4-Hour Workweek, which my Na-Na gave to me.  I began reading the book the next day and am on Chapter 9 currently.  I realized while we were on our “vacation” (I’ll explain my sarcasm in a moment) up in Michigan, that I needed to start doing the work that is outlined by the author Tim Ferriss.  I realized that I need  to ask myself the hard questions, be brutally honest with my answers and make changes to achieve the life that I want and that I want to provide my family.   So begins my introspective and journey.

Definitions and Acronyms for me to remember:

NR = New Rich

DEAL & DELA

D for Definition

E for Elimination

A for Automation

L for Liberation

W4W = Work for work’s sake

Dysphoria is the direct opposite of Euphoria

Eustress is a term coined by endocrinologist Hans Selye which is defined in the model of Richard Lazarus (1974) as stress that is healthy, or gives one a feeling of fulfillment or other positive feelings. Eustress is a process of exploring potential gains. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eustress)

Key thoughts for me to remember that strike a cord with me:

D:  To retire early or young.

NR: To distribute recovery periods and adventures (mini-retirements) throughout life on a regular basis and recognize that inactivity is not the goal.  Doing that which excites you is. (Ferriss 22)

D:  To make a ton of money.

NR:  To make a ton of money with specific reasons and defined dreams to chase, timelines and steps included.  What are you working for? (Ferriss 23)  For many years this had been my focus to simple make a ton of money.  Now though, because of personal and spiritual changes that have gone on in my life, my focus is still to make a ton of money but it is to accomplish specific goals in the area of giving, starting charities or non-profit organizations and pursue activities alone, with my wife and with our kids that we haven’t and can’t do now.

D:  To have freedom from doing that which you dislike.

NR:  To have the freedom from doing that which you dislike, but also the freedom and resolve to pursue your dreams without reverting to work for work’s sake… (Ferriss 23 and 24)

Money is multiplied in practical value depending on the number of W’s you control in your life: what you do, when you do it, where you do it, and with whom you do it. (Ferriss 24)  This is the freedom multiplier!

Let the hard questions begin!

2. How has doing what you “should” resulted in subpar experiences or regret for not having done something else? (Ferris 37)  My attending college immediately after graduating high school and attending the college that I felt my parents wanted me to attend has been something I have definitely had regretted.  I do have to admit though if it had not been for me to attend where I did, I would now be married to my wonderful wife and we wouldn’t have our awesome inspiring kids.

3. Look at what you’re currently doing and ask yourself, “What would happen if I did the opposite of the people around me?  What will I sacrifice if I continue on this track for 5, 10, or 20 years? (Ferriss 37)  This is a hard question.  I am in some ways already doing the opposite of what the people around me are doing, though I know I can do more.  I have already proven to myself that I can have a professional career while only having attended one year of college.  Do I want to ever get a college degree?  Defiantly, but on my terms and where I want to attend!

At the age of twenty I had already gotten married to a woman with two children.  At age twenty-one we had three children.  In the process of fighting against current of what others do I have been all of the following: Call Center Representative (four  times), truck driver, pizza delivery professional, electronics store stock person and sales person, part of a mall cleaning crew, retail associate at two different clothing stores, insurance sales person for three different companies, an outside sales professional at one computer support company, a Regional Account Manager, an Inside Sales Professional twice, and have joined and quit two MLM companies.

I have been on the verge of ending my marriage more than I like to admit.  I have dealt with suicidal thoughts.  Overcoming a particular destructive addictive behavior is a daily fight for me.

“What would happen if I did the opposite of the people around me?”  When I do it against God’s principles it destroys me and those around me.  When I do it and I am aligned with God’s principles, I am more blessed than I know how to express!

“What will I sacrifice if I continue on this track for 5, 10, or 20 years?” If I were to sacrifice and fight against God’s will and principles I would be miserable.  If I continue to only trust marginally in God and His will and not continue to fight the current of mediocrity I too will be miserable.

So, why the sarcasm for “vacation” at the very beginning of this post?  Simply for the fact that over this next year I am going to strive to enjoy my vacations with as little drama as possible from outside forces – Here’s to the beginning of an awesome year!

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