My Philosophy For Hitting a Homerun In Life
Today I’m in a great mood. I try to wake up in a great mood every day. If you kind of plan out your day in your head the night before, your mind will go to work while you sleep to set you up to win the next day and you will be in a great mood.
Another thing I do is, I write down three things I am grateful for every morning. And they have to be new things every day. (Actually I think I got this from the book “The Slight Edge”)
I went out for a walk and there are a lot of people in my neighborhood who jog, walk the dog or ride bicycles in the morning. I myself believe you have to get moving in the morning to really be firing on all cylinders throughout the rest of the day.
I live in a great neighborhood with a lot of very friendly people. I love this neighborhood, it’s a little upscale and kind of expensive for 90% of the people but I believe anyone can live in a place like this if they just go after their obsession.
I don’t mean pursue some destructive obsession, find one you can obsess over and make money at. If your making money at something you’re obsessed about you will eventually love your work and when that happens you’ll never have to work another day in your life, because it won’t feel like work.
I haven’t always lived in a great neighborhood and I have had some jobs that did feel like work let me tell you. But I can’t say I ever really hated any of my jobs. You know, some people go around really hating their jobs and that’s a real shame because that’s no way to live life.
I’ll tell you what, if you’re in a job that you hate I have a way to start turning it into a job you like. Not a job you love, I didn’t say you would love it but you’ll like it a lot more.
Whatever your job is, whatever field it’s in, I want you to go out there and find out more about it. No, I’m serious.
Even if you work a mundane job that is repetitive like a factory or machine shop. Oh you say you already know everything there is to know about it?
I have to tell you I did work in a machine shop for a very few months when I was in my early 20’s and man it was the most boring job I have ever had.
You know what I did? The first thing I did was work my ass off. Yep, that’s right I would set up my work station so I could reach everything just right so it was the most efficient work station in the whole place.
I would come in 15 minutes early every day to make sure everything was just right and then I would try to beat my record from the previous day. We would have a running total of how many parts we competed that day and every day I would try to do more than I did the day before.
It made the day go by faster and you better believe the boss took notice. I out produced everyone in the shop and some of these guys had been there 10 years.
I had been working there about 3 months when the boss called me into his office. He told me he had never had a worker that worked like me. At the time I was making $6.25 an hour, I remember it like it was yesterday.
I know what you’re thinking man $6.25 an hour is peanuts and I’m not going to tell you “Oh yeah but back then that was good money”. No it was the bottom of the barrel at that time, in fact I think it was minimum wage I think.
This was my lucky day! My boss was going to offer me a raise!
He did offer me a raise, he told me I would get a 25 cent raise come Monday. That was one of the biggest letdowns, you talk about the wind coming out of my sails! Man what the heck just happened.
Apparently I thought I was doing a better job than he did. (I think he was just going by company policy and giving me the typical 90-day raise)
I went home that night and thought long and hard about that raise, and I went back in the morning and quit my job.
I had given that job my all and I made the job not suck, but I thought about it and at this rate it would take me 2000 years to make the kind of money I wanted to eventually make.
So I quit, and that was one of the best decisions of my life.
The next day I got a job offer in another state working with a buddy of mine and we left the very next day!
It was the begging of a great adventure…