This week, I’ve dedicated this blog to the Slash/Economy, a subject that I’m incredibly excited about. If you’ve not yet Embraced Your /Slash, I truly believe that 2017 is the year to start, but only if you’re willing to make three very important commitments:
Commit To Starting Early
Don’t you find those people that brag about getting up so early annoying? I certainly do, and I won’t brag about getting up at 5 am every day, but I do it. I didn’t say that I like it, but I’ve committed to it and here’s why: There aren’t enough hours in the day to be a Slasher unless you expand your day. If I don’t use my mornings before my family is moving around, I’m forced to choose between spending time with them or writing/marketing/preparing/branding. I refuse to make that choice, so I start early.
There are those that don’t but choose to stay up late. I won’t say they’re wrong, but I know there’s always a chance that something (probably sleep) will pull me away if I don’t do it first. If you choose to wait, be warned this can happen to you.
Commit To Getting In Great Shape
The dark secret that no one talks about in this Slash/Economy is the amount of energy required to be great at more than one thing. Working one fulltime job can wear you out, killing it at two and keeping the commitments of being a friend and family member can downright take it out of you.
For this reason, it’s my belief that it’s an absolute must that we take care of ourselves and commit to getting in great shape. I love virtually anything sweet. Candy, cakes, coke…but the crashes they bring, the insulin resistant fog and the inability to make it past 3:00 pm without a nap aren’t worth the taste. When I tell people to control their diet, it’s not because I think I’m a medical professional, but because I know the difference it’s made with my own energy levels. Make your commitment, take control of your diet and find a way to move. Trust me, you’ll need the energy.
Commit To Constant Learning
Last year the average American read one book. The average CEO, however, read 50. It’s so tempting to get so busy pursuing everything we want in our primary careers and our passions that we neglect our own education, but this is a mistake.
No matter what industry we work in, our goal should be to become, and be seen as an expert. This doesn’t happen by osmosis. Read books, blogs, trade journals, watch YouTube videos, listen to audiobooks, attend seminars. Commit to constant learning because in our new Slash/Economy, it’s the experts that hold the power.
This weekend brings joy to a lot of people. I truly hope you enjoy it and spend time with the people that you love and care about. When it’s over, I hope you begin to gear up because 2017 can be your year. The year you Embrace Your /Slash and join us. Just make sure you’ve made these commitments first, and you’ll be ready to rock come January.