I have a dilemma. When I work, I want to be productive. I want to get more done in less time. When I exert effort, I want to see results.
I just don’t want to work so much that my life sucks.
What I am doing is pushing myself for 100 days to build some authority blogs, knock out a few Kindle ebooks, and build a following of a few people.
I can’t worry about sales of affiliate products. Some will happen naturally, but I’m not going to pound an email list with 20 useless product endorsements every day until each subscriber bails.
People always say “work smart, not hard”. Easier said than done. If I knew how to work smart 40 years ago, Warren Buffett would be coming to me for investment advice.
For Walkabout Solopreneurs, you focus on a tiny set of priorities, create value for others, outsource or automate mindless repetition, and you choose tasks that match your purpose in life.
Peak performers do even more. They obsess over the main objectives, do less volume of work, and produce a more concentrated effort.
We’ve heard the platitudes of “do what you love” or “follow your passion”. Horse shit.
If that were true, most men would be drinking beer, scratching their balls, and chasing ass. Maybe not in that order.
One of the great things about being a WS is that you rely on your own instincts instead of getting tied up by committees. You choose which projects to do, and which to run away from.
Some of the conventional wisdom about master a skill, like practicing 10,000 hours at piano or violin to become a virtuoso, doesn’t hold up in real life.
Deliberate practice is only a predictor of success in fields that have stable structures. For example, in tennis, chess, and classical music, the rules never change, so you can engage in deliberate practice to become the best. You will also find plenty of teachers.
In less stable fields, like entrepreneurship and rock and roll, rules can go out the window. Same applies for Walkabout Solopreneurs. We must find our own paths and obsess over blazing the right trail.
As an IBM* (Introvert Boomer Male), I don’t have 10,000 hours to master each skill. Richard Branson is my IBM hero. He has started over 400 business. No way he could put 10,000 hours into each.