How would you like to have more time at hand? Perhaps the following description by Steven Covey in his book First things First resembles your experience.
“My life is hectic! I’m running all day – meetings, phone calls, paperwork, appointments, etc. I push myself to the limit, fall into bed exhausted, and get up early the next morning to do it all again. My output is tremendous; I’m getting a lot done. But I get this feeling inside sometimes,
So what? What are you doing that really counts?
I have to admit, I don’t know.”
I feel like I’m being torn apart. My family is important to me; so is my work, I live with constant conflict, trying to juggle the demands of both. Is it possible to be really successful – and happy – at the office and at home? There is simply too little of me to go around.
People tell me I’m successful. But I’m not happy. Way down inside I have this empty feeling. It’s like the song says, ‘Is that all there is?’” And then Covey asks this sobering question
How many people on their deathbed wish they’d spent more time at the office?
Bryan Dyson, former CEO of Coca Cola, once said: “Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. They are Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air.
You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four Balls – Family, Health, Friends and Spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these; they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. It will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for it.”
So what do we need to do to escape from this roller coaster lifestyle?
# Warren Buffett, one of the richest people in the world and who has already donated $31 Billion to charity, was once interviewed on CNBC and shared about his take on life.
His company Berkshire Hathaway, owns 63 companies. He writes only one letter each year to the CEOs of these companies, giving them goals for the year. He never hold meetings or calls them on a regular basis.
His advice to young people are as follow: Stay away from credit cards & bank loans and invest in yourself and remember:
- Money doesn’t create man but it is the man who created money.
- Live your life as simply as possible.
- Don’t do what others say – listen to them, but do what you feel good doing.
- Don’t follow brand names; just wear those things in which you feel comfortable.
- Don’t waste your money on unnecessary things; rather just spend on those things you really need.
- After all, it’s your life so why allow others to rule your life?
In his book Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less Greg McKeown asks whether we find ourselves majoring in minor activities; you feel busy but not productive? Like you’re always in motion, but never getting anywhere? He believes that most of what we do is trivial and few things are really vital.
According to McKeown it is about getting the right things done. It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy … by doing only what is essential. Next week we’ll take a look at the challenges of being an essentialist.
The most essential thing one needs to know is yourself. A Career Direct Assessment will help you to know and understand your authentic self. I can assure you, it makes all the difference.