How Do You Create an Exceptional Life?

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Most people have a job. And that job is a means to an end. It provides us with money to put a roof over our heads, buy food and meet our monthly bills.

Yet, we yearn for more that just working to survive. We want our life to have meaning – to be worth living.

But how do we create a life worth living?

In order to answer that question, you must ask yourself three questions:

  1. What should I keep doing?
  2. What should I stop doing?
  3. What should I start doing?

What Should I Keep Doing?

What things do you do with your non-work time that are helping you to grow and improve? These growth-related activities help move you forward in life. Growth-related activities are any activities that maintain or grow your knowledge, your skills and your relationships.

What Should I Stop Doing?

What things do you do with your free time that do not help you grow or add value to your life? These activities are holding you back in life, making you feel like a mouse on a wheel: Watching TV, scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube videos, SnapChat, Instagram, Internet surfing, bar time, gambling, talking on the phone for hours. All of these things are time wasters. They don’t move you forward. They keep you stuck.

What Should I Start Doing? 

Depending on the study, between 75% – 80% of the wealthy are self-made. Meaning they came from poverty or the middle-class. Like most in poverty or the middle-class, they relied on a job in order to survive. But unlike most, despite having a full-time job, they were somehow able to rise above their circumstances and become wealthy. How?

The answers to this question are what sets self-made millionaires apart from everyone else.

The Self-Made invested in themselves by reading to learn, devoting time to networking with success-minded people, volunteering, studying to get a degree or some license, building a side business, pursuing lofty goals or some dream, developing valuable skills, writing a book, etc.

Engaging in activities which help move you forward in life by expanding your knowledge or perfecting unique skills will eventually pay dividends many years down the road.

As children, we are born and raised into financial circumstances we have no control over. As adults, our financial circumstances are completely within our control. How we spend our free time determines if we will remain stuck in life or create a life worth living.

Tom Corley is an accountant, financial planner and author of “Rich Kids: How to Raise Our Children to Be Happy and Successful in Life”, Effort-Less Wealth, Change Your Habits Change Your Life, Rich Habits Poor Habits and “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals.”