Day 40, 41, 42: The Halfway Mark

It’s been nearly three days since my last post and I’ve finally done enough work to warrant making a post. I’d prolonged it because, truth be told, I was having a hard time prioritizing my daily to-do list. It had gotten to a point where I was thinking I needed to put some controls in place. The first carnal sin was that I’d established a habit of working at a desk lightly sprinkled with bits and pieces of paper, pens, receipts and the odd water bottle. The second was that I was doing stuff in order to be busy, not to be sufficient.

I listen to the audiobook version of Tim Ferris’ The Four-Hour Workweek each day I go for a 5km run as a warm up to my grueling playground training regime and on the night of Wednesday 13th January, I listened to a statement about doing stuff just for the sake of doing it. I’d just finished my last set of chin-ups and was walking home reflecting on the huge list of things I had to do and I was agreeing with every single word I was hearing. Even then, with the prospect of having 15 things to do, I was wise enough to know that there were only 3 high priority things I needed to do in order to reap the greatest reward, yet I was also foolish enough to always put them to the next day. Walking through the dim-lit reserve at 10pm, I kept saying to myself, “Why are you doing this to yourself?!” over and over again like a broken record.

In all honesty, it’s possibly my greatest flaw (which infuriated me even more because it was one of the things I wanted to change most about myself) so I was definitely feeling down about it.

The solution came from the commentary on my N97 (which is so awesome!) that said to fold a piece of paper twice in order to fit less on it when writing down my To Do List. My previous lists were always at least A5 because I’d fooled myself into thinking that effectiveness is defined as doing more, when the reality is, while doing more, I was still being extremely ineffective. Tim Ferris’ book promotes proactively doing less, cutting the fat and optimizing your time as much as possible. I’d thought that I’d been doing this but it was clear I was being busy for busy’s sake and it wasn’t getting me any closer to my goal. With that in mind, later that night I made a short list of the top 3 most important things to do in order to make the greatest progress.

Suffice to say, writing a daily post was not one of them so against every inkling, nagging and begging thought that said to write a daily post, I chose to do the three most important things on my list. They were:

1. Create a Financial Forecast for Checkity Website.

2. Finish Merchant Account for Checkity Website.

3. Finish redesign of Roarender Website.

To date, I’ve completed the forecast and am waiting for the big credit card companies to say they like me before I launch Checkity. One thing I didn’t account correctly for, was the amount of downtime required to give someone a merchant account, even if they have no history of bad credit. Live and Learn I guess. I’ve also done the mockup for my revamped design firm and will continue to work on it tonight.

I guess, it could be said that I should’ve stayed under the ‘Cone of Silence’ until I’d finished at least one of them but the reason I posted this entry was to emphasize the short gains I’ve had in two days as a result of getting the most high-yeild items checked off my list first. It’s certainly taking practice but I’m not going to stop because I know I can do it.

On a final note, on Wednesday my wife casually said to me, “Don’t take this the wrong way but I think your going to be a millionaire before the end of the year.” I didn’t take it the wrong way and did exactly the opposite. I thanked her. Earnestly and as sincerely as possible, I thanked her. See, my wife has heard people around her talk about get-rich-quick schemes and making millions or becoming successful and buying a big home but she’s always hated it because for the most part, they were always baseless claims or failed ventures. I believe that my wife loved me enough at the beginning of this to support me while respecting me enough not to share her scepticism and doubts. What, however, I was glad to hear, is her say that she believes I will certainly reach my goal, if not within 80 Days, then by year out. It’s a start, right? But oh, what a start!

That, is what I mean about encouragement, about support and about making the main thing the main thing. I’m doing this for myself, for my family and for the chance to change my surroundings for the better. There’s a saying that puts man into two categories; the first is the reasonable man who accepts that he can’t change the world; the second is the unreasonable man who believes he can. Thus, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

Don’t take no for an answer. Even from yourself. It works, just don’t give up.

To our continued success.

  • anthony carter

    I have to say i think this is by far my favorite post. especially “On a final note, on Wednesday my wife casually said to me, “Don’t take this the wrong way but I think your going to be a millionaire before the end of the year.” I didn’t take the wrong way and did exactly the opposite”

    • Josh

      Lol, I think I may have to avoid late posts to ensure they are as sensical as possible…sorry if it was a spaghetti bowl of words! :)

      Thanks for the comment though, really appreciate it!