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    The Effort Diet

    This post about effort by Seth Godin is really worth the read, and worth spending some time mulling over.

    This is the "conclusion" - invest some time to read the entire thing.

    With that forewarning, here's a bootstrapper's/marketer's/entrepreneur's/fast-rising executive's effort diet. Go through the list and decide whether or not it's worth it. Or make up your own diet. Effort is a choice, at least make it on purpose:

    1. Delete 120 minutes a day of 'spare time' from your life. This can include TV, reading the newspaper, commuting, wasting time in social networks and meetings. Up to you.

    2. Spend the 120 minutes doing this instead:

    * Exercise for thirty minutes.
    * Read relevant non-fiction (trade magazines, journals, business books, blogs, etc.)
    * Send three thank you notes.
    * Learn new digital techniques (spreadsheet macros, Firefox shortcuts, productivity tools, graphic design, html coding)
    * Volunteer.
    * Blog for five minutes about something you learned.
    * Give a speech once a month about something you don't currently know a lot about.

    3. Spend at least one weekend day doing absolutely nothing but being with people you love.

    4. Only spend money, for one year, on things you absolutely need to get by. Save the rest, relentlessly.

    If you somehow pulled this off, then six months from now, you would be the fittest, best rested, most intelligent, best funded and motivated person in your office or your field. You would know how to do things other people don't, you'd have a wider network and you'd be more focused.
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    Great to have you back, will remind you in 6 months to see how this is working.
    Only stress when you can change the outcome!

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    I like this sentence.
    I think we've been tricked by the veneer of lucky people on the top of the heap.
    Quite often successful people that we see as "lucky" actually worked damn hard to get there. The apparent luck is a veneer too. The success is reported, celebrated and envied. The sweat behind the fortune rarely gets as much attention and publicity.
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    Thirty minutes of exercise a day? NO WAY, Eish.

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    I think it was Gary Player who said that the more he practised, the luckier he got.

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