This has been an incredibly busy week for me. No, not busy. I like the word productive more. It is easy to be busy, but another thing entirely to be productive. Success in any endeavor requires productivity, not simply busy, scattered activity. This past week was the week many people my age are going to the warmest places of the country and living it up, as far as they can imagine, for one week. The typical 23-year old looks forward to this time of year as a time to live in a state of utter debauchery for a short 5 or 6 days. And then it’s back to the ole grind. This cycle of behavior to me seems to be a prime example of being busy. They are busy for a few months and then they take a break with a mindset of “Hey, I’ve earned it” or “Hey, I deserve this break, ya know.” A very successful person who was a mentor to me in life matters as well as finance once told me this and I believe that it rings true now until the end of human existence: ”If you wish to be successful in any facet of life, OBSERVE THE MASSES AND DO THE OPPOSITE.” This is such a profound statement to me. While most people spend their entire year being “busy” with activities that are hardly moving them towards any goal whatsoever and then taking one week out of the year to set themselves back even further, there are a select few individuals who are being productive. There are a few people that set themselves apart and become great. They will not settle for mediocre. They will not be average. For the time being, I’d like to call these individuals The Fellowship of the 2%. Another mentor of mine once told me “focus, don’t spray.” It is very important to discover how it is that you want to be remembered, how you wish to impact humanity, what is your legacy; not typical things that busy people think about like what is your job going to be, how long will you go to school to be qualified and when can you retire. Focus on what is important and don’t vary.
I have not mastered the art of being productive ALL of the time just yet, but I am working on it. I am not sure the Fellowship of the 2%would induct me into their society just yet. I want to live NOW, like most people are not willing to live, so that I can live ONE DAY like most people will not have the means to live. Most people my age did not have vision this past week. Their sight was blocked by a few days of fun in the sun. While they were living it up for a very short period of time, I chose to stay home and kick it in to overdrive. With consistent work that has been compounding over the past 2 months, I spent last week working on opening 3 new markets in 3 different areas of the country. I have already opened two- Indianapolis, IN and Baltimore, MD and am still working on 1 more- Boston, MA. Yes I could have scrounged up a little money and went to a typical Spring Break destination that would be overcrowded and saturated with drunken inconsiderations. Yes I could have lived it up for a short 5 or 6 days. But instead, I had vision. Instead, would rather sacrifice the here and now, for a greater quality of life soon to come. I realize that every decision that I make now will directly affect the quality of life that me and my family experience later and that is not something I take lightly. I refuse to tell my friends and family in the future that “Sorry guys, we have to live a life of mediocrity because I was selfish and had no vision.” No, I may not be a part of the Fellowship just yet, but soon. Until then I will press toward the mark, I will stay the course, I will fight for my prize: a life that is LIVED. Will you?