How to Change Your World

Changing THE world is a big thing. How about we start at changing YOUR/MY world?

I started reading The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris recently and I have to tell you I’m excited about this book. I didn’t hear a ton about it before I bought it, but the title alone makes me want to read it. Then, I read Timothy Ferris’ jacket cover and got jealous and motivated at the same time.

I’ve read a lot of books that try to help you change your life, self-help books if you will, and not too many of them seem to help with tactical things I can do to get where I want to be. Considering Timothy (can I call you Tim?) is a 29 year old who’s accomplished a ton by his own sweat (or lack-there-of), I am a little more eager to listen with the hope that his tactics will be doable and his goals similar to mine.

In the first few pages, I’ve found at least the goals to be similar, which is a great first start. But, since I’ve been more and more frustrated with being a programmer, and trying more and more often to be successful at being a business owner, I’ve found my mind and principles being swayed to the TBP ways. Bad Nate. Bad! Back to where you came from!

So, here’s my manifesto, altered slightly from Tim’s, and yet on the same path. This is how I will change my world, and how you can change yours. Let’s start here and get to tactics later:

  • Have others work for me: not just working for myself.
  • Stop working for work’s sake: do the minimum necessary for maximum effect.
  • Make doing that which excites me the goal: which means doing things which excite me on a regular basis.
  • Don’t focus on the gadgets to have: only use the things that will be a means to an end.
  • Be the owner: rather than the boss or the employee.
  • Have a reason for the money: What are you working for?
  • Have more quality, less clutter: time and purpose is more important. Are you contributing anything useful to this world?
  • Cash flow comes first: Big payoffs come along the way.

Compare these goals to the TBP goals:

  • Work for yourself
  • Work when you want to
  • Retire early or young
  • Buy all the things you want to have
  • Be the boss; be in charge
  • Make a ton of money
  • Get more (stuff)
  • Reach for the big payoff (IPO, acquisition, retirement, etc)

See the difference? Small textual changes, but extremely large conceptual and principal changes. If you’re not thinking like the first list, you’ll start to think like the second list. If you don’t know why thinking like the second list a bad thing, I’ll try to explain it to you later.

[tags]tbp, business, entrepreneur, small, entrepreneurship, lifehack[/tags]

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

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