Sir Isaac Newton was known as a many of leisure, not a man of work.
He was not busily engaged in setting a goal and chasing a goal of discovering gravity.
Here is a quote from one of his biographers, published in 1752:
‘After dinner, the weather being warm, we went into the garden and drank tea under the shade of some apple trees…he told me, he was just in the same situation, as when formerly, the notation of gravitation came into his mind. It was occasioned by the fall of an apple as he sat in a contemplative mood. “Why should that apple always descend perpendicularly to the ground”, thought he to himself…’
He would also translate the Bible from Hebrew into Latin as he wasn't too trusting of the current translation he used to deliver sermons.
Widely regarded as a man of leisure he would often ponder the universe; something he was drawn to do not forced to do.
The word leisure derives from the Old French word leisir "be permitted" and Latin licere "to be allowed."
Leisure does not mean recreation.
Most people confuse that.
It means to give yourself license to do the thing you most want to do.
Do you spend your time doing what you want, when you want?
Do you wake up with more projects, ideas, tasks, and motivation as each day passes?
Are you highly optimistic and enthusiastic about what your future promises?
Then you are probably engaged in a work spiral that isn't building you up it's keeping you in place.
Working in our current society means to be employed in labour, often one you despise then trade your time for money and pray for the weekend to arrive.
The most successful and happy individuals cannot distinguish between work and leisure.
They easily go the extra mile, stay late, get up early.
There is an inner drive to progress that is natural and free-flowing.
You do not need to tell a person like this to begin, they have already started.
Often you need to kick them out!
If you never want to work again and want to activate that idea above...then you need to do two things:
1. Reframe how you see work.
2. Build a strategy around getting out of the work you hate and into one linked to your calling.
Let's start at point one.
Do you work where you work because you chose to?
Is the career or pathway you are on one that is linked to your purpose in life?
If you answered no, then you may be on the wrong track.
To build out of where you are now and into where you want to mean starting with a few of the basics:
Work is meant for you, you are not meant to work.
Working is the worst way to earn money.
You know you are on the right track when you cannot distinguish between work, and fun, and you stop being a clock watcher.
Let's deal with point two.
If you are working a desk job [or any job you don't want to be in] and dream of the day you want to start your own business [or insert any occupation you want], then you begin with one-hour per day dedicated to your new vehicle.
This strategy will become your purpose-driven, meaningful, leverage to get out of the rut-race and to be "free" to give yourself a life of leisure.
My life is one of leisure because I have created it to be based around my purpose of coaching and training others and my passion for Ballroom dancing.
It took me from the age of 15 until the age of 32 to craft my lifestyle of only having to "work" three half-days per week and lead a comfortable life.
But I rarely do that.
I am actively pursuing my goals and dreams every day in one form other another.
I still "work" meaning doing activity, and a LOT of it, but I never, EVER consider it work.
I have extreme difficulty not "working" because it isn't...it's a labour of love.
It's a mission-driven, purpose-driven, enriching life I am engaged in.
I want that for you! If I can do it, so can you.
Let's just clear the air quickly.
Freedom to earn money from your chosen vehicle that comes from your passions and purpose will come at a cost.
It is not free.
You will always be trading your time for it.
You may work longer and harder [without it feeling like your working] than anything else in your life.
Finally, when you get there you will realize you are in a box of your own making.
No matter how big, successful, and powerful you become you will still be in a box. Albeit it may be more comfortable and colourful and that is just the deal.
But I would rather be in a box I made than a box given to me by someone else.
Ultimately, you will be calling your own shots but there is always someone you are serving and if you truly want to be happy...there will be people you are always trying to add value to.
Don't buy into the fantasy marketing of 4-hour work weeks, 1-day work-weeks or laptop lifestyle.
Let us aim HIGHER than that.
Let us aim at dedicating our lives to a mission so big that it compels us to long hours, long days and consumes our DNA, our very essence, and gives the empowering reason of WHY WE ARE HERE TO LIVE.
Wouldn't that be a better way to live?
Start by deciding on what you want and based that decision based around your unique skills, talents, and abilities.
Because to be highly successful you need to be in a high energy state for years and if you're forcing yourself to work at something you hate...even if you get there you won't like who you are as a result.
It is better to die going after what you want than to live a life of mediocrity because someone else sold you the bill of goods.
Explore the idea of working with Vaughan and let him coach you to excellence and transform your life today.