Rich Habits Word of the Day
Respite – To relax, recreate, sleep. Tom had worked 6 weeks in a row without a day off and became physically exhausted so he took a respite yesterday and left work early at 6:20pm.
Rich Habits Fact of the Day
When Barack Obama celebrated his 50th birthday in August, journalists and experts noted that the president was showing more wear and tear—mostly in the form of wrinkles and gray hair—than when he took office in January 2009. Their observations sparked a flurry of news reports referencing the longstanding theory that U.S. president grow older more quickly than their contemporaries, perhaps due to the stresses of the job.
Rich Habits Lesson of the Day
I have been working around the clock since January 2nd 2014. In January and February I spent 6 hours every day writing my upcoming book Rich Kids. Three hours in the morning from 4-7am and then three hours at night from 7-10pm. In between those six hours I was working at my main job of running a CPA firm. I pushed myself during those two months in order to complete my manuscript before tax season really kicked in, which officially is around February 20th. I have not taken one day off since February 24th.
My day begins usually at 4:30am. I spend that 2 1/2 hours reading, writing and relentlessly promoting my research to members of the media or anyone else who might, by rare chance, open up their eyes and read one of my research articles or pitches. It’s mostly a thankless, depressing job trying to get media attention. I also squeez in 30-45 minutes a day of aerobic exercise on my StairMaster, while also reading a book. It wears on me, it frustrates me. For every 300 daily Tweets and every 100 daily emails to members of the media which I’ve made day in and day out for the past 3 months, almost 100% ignored me. That drags me down phsically and emotionally. It also makes me feel so all alone in my mission to share my Rich Habits research with the world. At days end I am drained of all of my energy and any emotion. But, the next day, I do it all over again. I persevere one more morning. Then I head to my full-time job – preparing taxes and helping clients any way I can. At night I start reading, writing, tweeting and pitching again for another 2-3 hours.
Yesterday, for some reason I can’t explain, I felt physically exhausted, almost ill. The feeling began the moment I woke up and, somehow, I pushed on until 6:20pm. I decided to leave work early yesterday. I was in bed by 9pm. I normally wake between 4-5am every day. Today I woke at 6:45am. That’s nearly 11 hours sleep.
Here’s the lesson of the day. Our bodies are incredibly complicated machines. They know when enough is enough. Mine informed me yesterday that enough was enough, so I left work early and went home to sleep. You need to listen to your body, hear what it is saying. When your body tells you it’s time to rest, there’s a reason. It may be your immune system sending a signal, it may be your mind seeking some down time, it might be any number of body parts begging for some R&R. You need to listen. I’ve said many times, “Wealthy People are Healthy People.” Those who are successful in life know when to push themselves and when to slow things down. Yesterday, for the first time in 94 days, I listened.
It’s not easy pursuing a major dream. Mine is Rich Habits. The key is to never quit. I am on a mission to help millions rise above their circumstances, to help them unleash their full potential in life by sharing with them what I learned from my five years of studying the daily habits of the rich and poor. Most of the time (99.9%) I get ignored by the media. But every now and then a brave member of the media takes the time to read a research article of mine and then reaches out to me for an interview. And every time the interview goes viral. For that moment there is vindication. I live for those moments of vindication. It makes all of the effort worthwhile. But for now I must rest. Tomorrow I shall begin my mission once again to help poor people rise above their circumstances in life. Tomorrow I will begin again to change the world.