“You can always find a new girlfriend, but you won’t always find new opportunities.”
I gave a buddy hell for turning down overtime to hang out with his girlfriend. He could’ve made some good money, impressed his boss, and helped out his team.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m all about courting, gallivanting, and spending time with cool people. There’s just a time and a place for everything. I only gave this friend grief because he’s trying to build himself up. He’s at the stage where he wants to beef up his savings account and invest in himself. He’s ready to put the work in so that he can enjoy life and make some moves in a few years that his friends could only dream of.
Another buddy then asked me about working hard vs taking it easy in your 20s. He wanted to know what I thought about the balance between working too hard to achieve goals compared to taking it easy.
My thinking here is simple: You have to work hard so that you can do whatever you want. If you want to relax, then you have to earn that.
I believe in the following quote 100%…
“Lacking an external focus, the mind turns inward on itself and creates problems to solve, even if the problems are undefined or unimportant. If you find a focus, an ambitious goal that seems impossible and forces you to grow, these doubts disappear.” — Tim Ferriss
The best thing that you can do is take action and set a goal right now!
Without bold goals and dreams, you’re just wasting time because you don’t have a purpose or a reason to do anything.
Working long hours to invest in a rental property, business, to pay off debt, or to earn your freedom is mandatory.
Working long hours because you’re bored or because you can’t get a hold of your spending is a waste of precious time.
You can’t be afraid of work, but you also need to know why you’re working so hard.
You can’t hide behind work because you’re afraid of launching or trying something new.
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Should you work hard or relax in your 20s?
There isn’t just one answer here. You don’t have to worry about choosing between working hard and relaxing. You can find something that you look forward to doing.
What’s the truth about working hard vs taking it easy?
I can’t articulate my point too well, but the following quote sums up my beliefs perfectly…
“Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.” — Anatole France
What this means is that you have to work until you get to the point where you don’t want to relax 24/7. If you want to take it easy, it’s only because you don’t have any goals right now.
What this means is that working hard and taking it easy become the same thing.
I try to attend a weight sessions or a BJJ class at my gym as often as possible. I don’t see this as work. It’s relaxing for me to go in and train.
I attended two trips this year for business (World Domination Summit in Portland and FinCon in New Orleans) and I didn’t view any of these trips as “work.” I had a blast while learning because this is what I want to do.
You’ll eventually get to the point where your relaxing seems likes work to someone else.
What if I’m clueless Martin?
Luckily, we’re all clueless. Some of us are just less clueless. I have two articles that you need to read right now.
The Uncertainty Technique — This is the system that I follow religiously. The safe road is always the boring road. You can’t go after the sure shot. That’s no way to live life. Do something uncertain and see how it makes you feel.
Start Freelancing Now Course — I turned my book into a course. This course shows you how to go from clueless to making money. We cover everything from dealing with problem clients to figuring out what to call your business.
Nobody wants to tell you this but I will. You can always find a new girlfriend, a new job, new friends, and new shows to watch. You sometimes might only get one shot at your dreams. If you have a goal, go after it ruthlessly. Don’t let anybody get in your way. If you want to get out of debt, then work like an animal, sell all of your crap, and ditch everyone until you’re debt-free. If you want to start a business, then find a client. Stop waiting for something to happen. You have to be willing to do whatever it takes.
Do you want to work hard or relax in your 20s? You tell me.