The early bird can have the worm

“The early bird can have the worm, because worms are gross and mornings are stupid.”

‘You have to rise early to be successful’…

So I keep seeing, but is that all true?

Do you have to be part of the 5am club in order to achieve things?

There are some benefits of course, you can get more done, the rest of the world isn’t up yet, no distractions, You could essentially get a workout in, have breakfast and get the most important stuff done before 9am and have the rest of the day to do other stuff…

But if you anything like me then getting up at 5am is just plain useless,

In the book ‘The Power of When’ Dr Michael Breus Catergrizes humans into 4 main animal types (Dolphin, Lion, Bear and Wolf)

Dolphins and Lions are the early risers, whereas bears (Most of the population) their sleep and creative pattern falls more in line with the standard 9-5…

Then there are the wolves

‘Wolves have a medium sleep drive, they are nocturnal hunters.
There’s no way that a Woolf will wake up with a single alarm or go through the day without a few cups of coffee.

Wolves are moody pessimists, but they are also incredibly creative individuals.

They are impulsive and adventurous but tend to overdramatize from time to time and react with emotional intensity.

They prioritize pleasure before all, which is why they’d rather sleep than work in the morning.

They are most alert sometime around 7 p.m., and most productive late at night.

They have no idea why society is organized the way it is.’

(Summery copied for 12-minute blog)

The point is if your an early riser than enjoy your worms, if you’re more like a wolf, then make sure you utilise your most creative time in the evening and don’t waste it on the tv.

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And the fall will be painful…

Eventually, the time that was not spent on learning skills will catch up with you, and the fall will be painful. Robert Greene

There was this one time not so long ago when an old work colleague, Saw me reading,

He was like “ah I’ve never really got into that” (reading) and then spent the next hour’s car journey playing some candy crush game on his phone…

A couple of weeks later after mismanagement from the company messing up the rota we were threatened with disciplinary if we didn’t come in on the Saturday because they were short-staffed.

I refused but my colleague went in.

The difference, I could afford to get fired, Simply by putting into practice the knowledge and skills I’ve learnt over the years from what I’ve read.

Even if you don’t want to be like me and have multiple companies you can still learn skills that will make you a better (unsackable) employee.

Linchpin by Seth Godin – Would be a good place to start.

The world is unpredictable, shit happens but the skills you learn, You’ve got them till you die…

Use your time wisely

Hack away at the unessential

“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.” – Bruce Lee

The first step to financial freedom isn’t earning more money, Its spending less

The same is true for good health – Hack away at the unessential.

The unessential amount of tv, the unessential amount of snacks and junk, Alchohol…

You will find the two go hand in hand, the less you spend on things you don’t need, The more money and time you will have to spend on actually living.

Life is never stagnation.

“Life is never stagnation. It is constant movement, un-rhythmic movement, as we as constant change. Things live by moving and gain strength as they go.” – Bruce Lee

Like water, if we stop flowing we become stagnant.

We need to move, not just in a physical sense but mentally too.

We need to grow and change, we need to crash against the rocks and squeeze through the little gaps from time to time.

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man – Heraclitus

Even if nothing in your life changed and you stepped in the river, you may be the same person, but the river wouldn’t be the same that moved on a long time ago.

Flow like water.

No.

No.

You and I are incomplete people.

To become compleat we have to try new experiences, say something, go somewhere different…

Why…

New situations activate genes and these genes activate proteins that build new structures in the brain

So doing the same things over and over again we never activate these genes and remain incomplete

The more we do the same things over and over the harder, it is for us to try/say/do new things.

Like saying No for instance.

The more you say yes the harder it is for you say no, Like when your boss asks you to work overtime and you know you don’t want to…

But you say yes anyway, the next time your boss asks you, the chances are you’re going to say yes again.

And by the time your boss asks you to do something ridicules like working 40 hours for free… Your brain isn’t structured to say no.

The same is true when you’ve just joined the gym but your friends are asking you to go out again, you really don’t want too… What do you say?

Rebuild your brain
So you can rebuild yourself.