Investing In Yourself

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by Tom Watson on July 18, 2010

I’m going to ask you a personal question. How much time do you “waste” everyday?

Think you don’t waste any…you may want to think again. If you are an average American you spend 4 hours per day with your best friend, the boob tube.

This quickly adds up. By the end of a calender year you would have spent a full 2 months in front of the tube. But wait…it gets worse. By the time you turn 65 you would have spent a full 9 years watching TV.

What if you put your time to better use?

Think of what you could have done with those nine years! But wait you say, I’m not 65 years old! I just passed 32 a little while ago. Besides, I can’t take back the time that was already spent.

Ok…I’ll give you that, so lets cut that time in half. You have only wasted 4.5 years so far. But this is really good if you think about it. You get to choose what your going to do with those four hours per day…

for the next 33 years.

Hard to imagine what could be done with that type of effort. Let’s say you are not ready to go cold turkey. Maybe you could wean yourself off a little at a time. What about just one hour per day LESS in front of the TV. What could that do for you? Would that amount to much?

You bet it would. Just one hour per day is 30 per month. To put this in perspective, it takes about 240 hours to learn how to converse effectively in another language. Eight months, at one hour per day, to learn another language seems amazingly fast to me. What if you used that time for a different type of “personal development” instead?

Imagine what you could do to build your knowledge base with that one hour. One hour a day reading a book seems like such a small price to pay to become “well versed” on a given topic in only 8 months. Do you see where I’m going with this? An hour a day developing yourself is huge! You can get so much done.

Lets take it a step further. What if you spent another hour on building your business each day. I mean really, if you can learn another language in 8 months then you can go a long way towards building a profitable company in the same time. Lets go back and add up our time.

So far this only adds up to only 2 hours per day, one for personal development (which will help you on the business side) and one on your business. Seems like a small price to pay for a future that includes being your own boss, more financial freedom for you and your family not to mention knowing that you control your own destiny.

A small change to your routine WILL lead to HUGE changes in your personal well-being IF you do it right. Start the process today by pointing your browser to Borders or Barnes & Noble. Get a book or two on sales, marketing, time management or another book that will help you grow professinally. You’ll be amazed what can happen with a just few hours per day!

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1 IrishKiwi December 29, 2012 at 1:02 am

Enjoyed the article! I have a self-imposed deadline this month and for the last week the TV has not been turned on! I am so much closer to achieving my goal because of it.

I just hope I can survive the next 15 days so that I can continue with the “no tv” habit!

2 Heather Stone December 29, 2012 at 1:18 am

Tom,
Great post on self-improvement. A bit of discipline will go a long way. But another thing that makes self-improvement challenging is the sheer number of distractions. The TV is simply the most obvious of them. Show the discipline necessary to avoid these distractions and you will quickly notice improvements.

3 Tom Watson December 29, 2012 at 8:27 am

Thanks Heather! You have a great point, as there are many to choose from. Anything from games on your Ipad to simply doing the unimportant will get you off track. Thanks again Heather.

4 Tom Watson December 29, 2012 at 8:34 am

Well they say you need to go about 28 days to break an established habit for good. I don’t know if that’s true. But whats funny is that when I quit smoking a few years back, I used a device that mimicked a cigarette (nicotrol inhaler). This allows you to smoke AND use the inhaler at the same time to ween your way off the smokes for good. It took me EXACTLY 28 days to stop smoking. Just my experience, but funny how it took that amount of time. Thanks for commenting IrishKiwi!

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