“You should have started a fight with him.”
That’s how a conversation went with me and a friend a few months ago. This guy is really confrontational and is always looking for an excuse to snap or argue with someone. I’m pretty much the opposite. I’m laid back and am very focused with my own goals (working on this site, learning Spanish, friends, training, and so on). I really don’t get offended by much.
I don’t react to much and I try to get things done. I’m also brutally honest and expect the same from friends. I also don’t believe that someone with a valid complaint is a hater (read my article on branding). I really don’t go looking for trouble. I find that there’s too many sexually frustrated guys out there looking to fight you if you blink in their direction.
And plus, I love training, but the last thing I ever want to do is to get into a street fight. It’s stupid. It’s immature. It will lead to trouble. The only winners are those laughing while you get dragged away to the hospital or to jail.
Where am I going with this?
We recently looked at the impact of lifestyle on your finances. How you live will always impact your wallet. Today, we’re going to look at the idea of fighting the right battles.
Are you fighting the right battles?
Do you just go after useless problems? Do you do a lot, but never get anything done?
Case study #1: Being busy all day.
There are some days where it feels like I’m working all day. I respond to emails, I check comments, I post something clever on Twitter, I go for a walk, and I then summarize my day on Twitter for everyone to know. Sounds like a productive day, but did I really do anything that matters? Likely not.
Case study #2: Using a coin jar.
I used to be so proud of my coin jar. I would add a few bucks to it every single day. I thought that I was the greatest investor on Earth. Then I realized that I wasn’t going to get rich saving coins.
I now pay myself first, take risks with my money, and focus on trying to get ahead.
An investment, putting money aside first, or trying to build up a new stream of income, will go a lot further than saving pennies. While it’s fun to collect your coins, there are better ways to get ahead.
So the point here is that we need to be going after the big battles. We need to be more aggressive with our goals. Saving pennies and playing it safe is boring.
And I won’t leave you hanging, don’t worry…
What are the right battles to fight?
I believe in getting maximum results from minimum effort. I also believe in doing things that will help me get a lot further ahead.
What are these battles?
Find a way to make more money.
I recently shared my start freelancing now course because I want to see you make more money. I’ve already helped out student through my Launch Now! program pickup a few leads that might pay off in the very near future.
I also realize that freelancing isn’t for everyone. You have other options to increase your income:
- You can go back to school.
- Find a part-time gig.
- Ask for a raise (duh!).
- Earn more credentials.
You see where I’m going with this?
Save money on the big purchases.
It doesn’t matter how many days in a row you don’t drink coffee, if you buy a home before you can afford it, you’ll spend a ton of money on useless expenses.
What are some other big purchases to save money on?
- Your car.
- Car insurance.
- Monthly subscriptions.
- Expensive cell phone plan (you’re not that popular!).
Focus on yourself.
You need to stop worrying about useless craps and getting ahead in your hockey pool. The best battle to fight is to get your life under control. Stop waiting. Focus on yourself and your own goals. Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing. This shouldn’t matter to you at all.
You can’t get mad about the results you didn’t get with the work you didn’t put in.
That’s how you can fight the right battles and stop wasting time.
Are you going to go after the right battles?