I recently created a bunch of slides to keep me motivated and positive. They rotate through my desktop background image. The most important one appears to the right.
Many people with day jobs fantasize about owning their own company. Being their own boss. A friend once told me, “It would be great. You can make your own hours! No boss to tell you what to do.”
Let me tell you: that’s not how it works. I know very wealthy people who work all the time. They never stop! They hire drivers so they can work on the way to work. They hire housekeepers and landscapers so they don’t have to take time away from work to keep up their houses.
Spoiler alert: that’s the premise of Napoleon Hill’s classic Think and Grow Rich. According to Hill, the way to wealth is to never stop thinking about making money. And it works.
But let me tell you, the healthier among them also take time out to play.
As you can tell from the graphic, I have to remind myself to play. I don’t know when I became so absorbed in my work, but it happened. I find myself working at dinner time. Sue Ann scolds me, “Aren’t you going to stop to eat?” And I think, “I could eat and keep working at the same time.” But that’s not really healthy. So I pull myself away from my spreadsheets, property searches, marketing, or whatever happens to monopolize my brain functions at the time. I remind myself, “We work to live. We don’t live to work.” [Even though I almost typed that phrase backwards just now!]
There is also a sign in our bedroom that says, “Life is short. Play with your dog.”
Since we define our own success, I’m redefining mine to include sufficient play time. What about you?