I recently listened to the book Your Next Five Moves by Patrick Bet-David. In Your Next Five Moves, Bet-David talks about knowing what you’re going to do before you do it. Much like the game of chess, you need to have an idea of your moves and the moves of your competitors.
One thought I took away from the book was this:
- What’s the point in what you’re doing?
There was a lot of talk about building a multi-million dollar business. There was even talk of increasing your income to the high six-figures.
We can easily become trapped in the line of thinking that we need to continuously increase our income, our business profits, and our productivity. Listening to this book made me think of the book 2-Second Lean.
There’s the thought that we always have to be increasing everything. If we don’t, we’re not doing what we were put here to do.
I think this is an inherent flaw so many thinkers and doers get wrong.
The trap lies in the idea that we need more.
We don’t need more. We get trapped by the idea of more.
What’s The Point?
Rather than thinking about the more, think about the point.
Is the point to be so productive there’s no waste anywhere? Is the point to work yourself to the bone?
Or, is the point something else?
For many of us, we need to figure out our point.
In Your Next Five Moves, Bet-David also brings this up. He shared there was a businessman who wanted more from his life. More, as in, time with his family, living his life outside of the office.
The businessman was making over six figures a year. As he looked at his life, he could see that this would be enough for his family to live comfortably. They could take vacations, buy necessities, and even non-necessities. They would have a comfortable life.
Knowing the point of his work meant this businessman didn’t need to keep pushing for more. He had what he wanted. More importantly, he had what he needed.
As we lead, as we advance up the corporate ladder, we need to keep in mind the point of it all.
If you’re reaching your destination, that is awesome. You might decide to coast for a while. You might choose to take a break. You might even choose to retire.
The point of this article is that you get to decide what is enough. You get to set the goalline for your life.
YOU get to say when you’re satisfied. If that’s with a modest income, be satisfied. Don’t chase after wealth or fame because it’s what others are telling you is important.
Set your goalline. Go for that. Not someone else’s goalline.