This transcript provides teaching about how to become wealthy by being early for life by Tim Redmond (CPA) and Clay Clark (COO of Thrive15.com), mentors on one of the top business schools in PA, Thrive15.com.
Clay: Now, okay, so we're moving on here to step 6 here, be early for life. Tim, the legendary Benjamin Franklin who is one of the founding fathers of the United States of America, a leading author, I'm going to read them off here, printer, political theorist, what? Politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. This dude was not sloughing off. He had some stuff he was doing. He says, "Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."
Tim, I rarely meet top level entrepreneurs who are late night party animals or who are consistently just late for life. Now there are some exceptions. But, as a general rule, they're early to meetings, they're early up in the morning or they're early ... talk to me about this idea of being early and being proactive versus being late and reactive.
Tim: Well, look at where your brain is most alive. You know? When you wake up and you've got some level of sleep, it's fresh and it's ready to do the heavy duty lifting. A lot of folks here, you know, it's like, "Well, I just can't get up early. I got to ..." I recommend a very practical thing is you, literally, set a date with your destiny. If it's 5:00 in the morning and ... "I usually like to sleep in until I'm 9." Okay. Well, until 9:00 you know, your life is going to pass before you and you're going to stay struggling. So, set a date with your destiny and get up. Sometimes I'll get up to walk or I'll do like a couple hundred crunches or do my on resting days I still do these sets of 51 pushups. I do 51 pushups. I do 1 set in a row, by the way, of that. Consistently. But, anyways, even if you have to move around. Set a date and show up at that morning date for your planning as if you're going to meet you're number 1 client you want to land or you want to meet the most influential person in town.
Set a date with your destiny to meet at that time to show up fully alive, fully awake, doing your jumping jacks, whatever. Get your blood flowing and get ready to play on.
Clay: I want to share this. If you're watching this and you are a lazy person, I highly recommend that you would cancel your subscription and you would not try to thrive. Because, you won't be successful. I will tell you every entrepreneur ...
Tim: Did you just say what I just ...
Clay: I did ...
Tim: Did you just say what I just thought you said?
Clay: Yeah, I think we'll probably lose about half the people right there. But, we should do it because there's a thing called a job ...
Tim: What if they're too lazy to quit it?
Clay: Well, the thing is it's okay to have a job and to work for somebody else who is super ambitious but I have yet to meet an entrepreneur who's not super-motivated and super-diligent in their work ethic. But, you have to decide to do it. I know I didn't have a hard intent to work ethic but once I realized what it took to keep up in that race of business I've had to develop that.
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Tim: So, really important on that Clay. Some people are like you produce your own caffeine in your bloodstream. You know? You're like that. So, you think, well gosh, I'm not like that. It just takes a while. Think of motivation like a muscle that you've got to actually get it in shape and lean into it. Plan the work. Work the plan. Whatever process, taking a walk, get some thing, a set time, a set pattern, a set place that you do the same thing every day to plan the work and work the plan. Allow it to be a muscle that you grow into. Don't condemn yourself. Don't talk about how bad you are with it. Just start taking action now with that.
Clay: Well, I'm going to go ahead and read a couple quotable notables and then get your ideas for some action steps on this.
Tim: Yeah, yeah.
Clay: Thomas Jefferson, one of the American founding fathers, whose widely considered to be the guy who is the principal author behind the Declaration of Independence. He says, "The sun has not caught me in bed for 50 years." So, he's talking about how he gets up early all the time.
Tim: Before the sun rises.
Clay: Do you believe that it's essential to get up early? Or, can somebody be a night owl? The point is, just, is the point just to put that extra work in? Is that kind of what we're saying?
Tim: You can be a night owl if you've inherited 53 million dollars and you didn't have to work for it.
Clay: I can think of maybe a exception so far that I've met.
Tim: There's very few. Here's the thing is the motion of getting up early and pursuing your purpose, the motion of that ...
Tim: ... is that is the skill. Well, I need to do that in order to do this. No, the skill is being able to get up and push yourself, get yourself in 4th gear within 3 minutes of getting up. That's the skill. That's what people, when people make a difference, when people give birth to that baby ... when people really move out of that averageness into really, they've got that fly wheel moving as Jim Collins talks about. They've got momentum behind them, they get in that habit of just doing that no matter how they feel.