There’s a famous book called Rich Dad Poor Dad which identifies the differences between what a rich dad and a poor dad teaches their child. Those teachings and perceptions of life are what make all the difference.
I was reminded of this book when I came across this graphic which compares the difference between what Millionaires do versus broke people.
While this graphic isn’t 100% true, there is a truth in the difference in what people focus on with their time. I’ve been lucky to make a living as a full time blogger. It’s been great and a unique opportunity. Certainly, I wasn’t the first to start blogging. So, what’s the difference between me and others? Not much, but I’ve often said that if I had cable TV, then my blogs likely wouldn’t exist today. My point being that in order to become a successful blogger I had to focus on the right things and not get distracted by the many things that can easily distract us.
The same is true for any careers. It’s easy to be distracted by the latest ding or ping on our phone. I understand how tempting and enticing those things are. Hollywood is built on the back of producing something that’s hard to ignore. However, the most successful people learn how to ignore it and focus on the things that matter most.
That doesn’t mean you never indulge in a new movie, your favorite TV show or a sporting event. You can engage in those and still be successful. However, you have to find a balance between them all. The question you might want to ask yourself is whether these pleasures are a reasonable break from your focus or if they are so overwhelming that you’re not able to achieve what you need to in order to further your career.