It’s all-or-nothing, there is no in-between.
If there is one law of success that will always hold true, it’s that multitasking doesn’t work and never will work. Just how drivers who talk on their cell phones are more likely to crash than drivers who aren’t, people who multitask are less likely to succeed than people who direct all their energies towards one thing.
If you want to do something, you focus all of your energies into that one thing. Trying to build a business, gain 25lb of muscle, and become a doctor at the same time is a great way to do a mediocre job at all three.
Your business will fail. You won’t gain nearly as much muscle, and you’ll be lucky to even make it into med school.
You have to focus. If you want to build muscle you need to be spending your days lifting hard and heavy, eating 6 times a day, and making sure you get enough rest every night. If you’re trying to build a business you need to be waking up at 5am and working from dusk till dawn on it. If you’re trying to get into medical school, you need to be studying and working as if it was a full time job.
Only fools believe that you can focus on multiple things at once. Spreading your energies out instead of directing them is a formula for disaster, failure, and a one way ticket to an average existence.
How to Apply the All-or-Nothing Principle
Ask any average schmuck about their life and I’ll bet they’ll complain about all the things they have to do.
“I just don’t have the time. I have bills to pay, family to take care of, work to do.”
Their focus is spread out so much that they have no time to do what they want, while at the same time they aren’t making any foward progress in life.
They are stuck in average-ville, and will probably stay there for the rest of their life unless they do something about it
Let’s say Average Andy wants to start a business but needs to free up time in order to focus entirely on it. This is what Andy does:
- He eliminate’s useless bills and stops maxing out his credit cards. Excessive phone, TV, and car payments are not necessities, they are burdens that people place on themselves.
- Taking care of one’s family doesn’t require 100% focus. What better way to take care of your family than to make their lives better. Your family should be a reason, not an excuse.
- He has someone else do the work that he doesn’t want to do, and only works out of necessity.
- He either quit’s his job or cuts down his work hours.
- He dedicates himself towards making his business work.
In a couple of years Andy has his own business up and running. He also has more time than ever before. All because he dedicated himself towards his business.
Eliminate or outsource other burdens so that you can focus on your one goal. This works for nearly every situation in life.
A friend of mine put this exact plan into action about two years ago.
He started his own business on the side by doing everything on the above list.
He bought a single cash van to use. He reduced his bill payments in order to have extra money just in case. He balanced out his family and his work. His wife took care of the house and the children. He cut down his work hours and spent the extra time on his business.
Now he has his own gig and he has a high paying job. Not to mention that he started his business with a wife and two young kids. If he can do it, anyone can do it.
What one man can do, another can do.
How To Multitask Without Compromising Your Focus
Now as great as it would be to focus entirely on one thing, you can’t. You have to eat, you have to sleep, you have to shit, and you have to get other things done, that’s just the way life is.
Let’s say you want to focus on developing a way to make cash, but you still want to workout.
First off, forget about building muscle or losing fat. After your first year or so, the only way to make significant gains is to be focusing entirely on your physique.
Simply go workout three times a week for an hour at a time. You aren’t gaining muscle, but you aren’t losing it either, and you still get to enjoy a good workout.
Have one thing that you dedicate yourself towards, and a bunch of little things that are on the sidelines. Focusing on one big goal and having a bunch of hobbies is much better than focusing on multiple big goals. It’s nearly impossible to fail if you dedicate yourself as much as you can towards one thing.
“Is it possible to have two main goals at the same time?”
Of course, but only if necessary. Just remember that it will take more time and effort to succeed at both. You’re much better off focusing on one thing. Taking on more than one venture should only be done if absolutely necessary and you must prioritize one over the other.
What to Focus On
You need to focus on yourself. Your goals should be towards something that will help elevate you in life.
Goals along the lines of physical, mental, financial, and social betterment should be what you’re dedicating yourself towards.
Just be building yourself and your life up.
Your main goal must always be along the lines of building or improving. These are the goals that pay off the most in the end.
Pick something worthwhile and go after it with everything you got.
You can’t fail.