No B.S Friday: This is some killer advice my mentor once gave me.
Spend the best hours of your day on your biggest opportunities, not your biggest problems.
This is something one of my mentors told me once and I have found it to be a really useful rule to live by.
Life is busy. I don't need to tell you that. It's hectic.
And life is full of challenges – full of problems.
And by the time something comes onto our radar as a problem it has usually become urgent.
Most people give very little thought to the problems that they are facing 5 to 10 years down the road. Most of our problems are in the here and now.
The reverse is true for our opportunities. It is incredibly unlikely that today will present you with an opportunity that will totally transform your life.
Most opportunities have runways that are at least 12 to 24 months long, if not more.
I mean, if you decided today that you wanted to make your fortune as a property investor, it would take a month or two to get your skilled up, a month or 2 to get your market ready, and then maybe one or two deals over 6 to 12 months to get you into a position where you would be able to capitalise on a truly life changing opportunity.
We are not miracle workers here. You have to be able to lift your gaze a little.
But most people don't. Most people aren't looking ahead to the opportunities that could possibly be on the horizon. Most people spend most of their productive lives bogged down in the weeds – battling with one urgent problem after another.
And if it's one thing I know about life, it's that no sooner have you knocked one problem on the head, than another one appears to take its place.
It is very easy to spend your whole life playing whack-a-mole mole with an endless series of seemingly urgent problems.
It's no way to live.
No, there is a responsibility here and a discipline here.
And that's to make sure that at least some of your productive day is going towards the opportunities that are going to set you up for life.
And I know this takes courage. you have to be able to let your problems run a little more than would normally feel comfortable – to give them a little less attention than you otherwise would.
But you have to have a little faith. You have to be able to trust that whatever disasters might emerge from unattended problems will be nothing in comparison to the tragedy that is a life of squandered opportunities.
There's nothing worse than this.
So make some time today. Make some time for the biggest opportunity in your life right now.
And do it every day.
Your future self will thank you for it.