Live Your Life With Margin

Stones balancing outdoorsFor our purposes we’ll define margin as anything that’s left after all expenses or costs are deducted.

The natural inclination is to think of margin in strictly monetary terms, but I believe that’s too small a box to put it in. It should also apply to other areas of our life, such as — the way we manage our time, relationships, even our careers and professional lives, among other things.

Sadly, I don’t think most people take the importance of having margin in their lives seriously enough. The benefits are far reaching.

The key to living your life with ample margin really all comes down to the choices you and I make. It gets down to how intentional we are in the way we live our lives.

The Case for Margin

When you have extra left over, and you haven’t spent it all — in any area of your life you have a certain freedom that those without margin typically don’t have. I realize that some folks reading this aren’t going to agree with that. That said, I often find that those who don’t, are those who typically don’t have any margin in their own lives. To that, I’d suggest not knocking it till you try it 🙂

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Success Doesn’t Always Look Like You Think It’s Going to

It had finally happened. I was staring at a book sitting on the shelf of my local Barnes and Noble. Many times before I had seen a friend or colleagues book in that same spot and thought to myself, “one day that will be me.” This time, it was the book I’d written, It’s Your Life, LIVE BIG. I can’t really express the pride and joy I felt in that moment.

It was like the well over a decade’s effort I had put in had finally come to fruition. It wasn’t just one thing I did that got me to that point. It was a combination of years of writing, sharing, and building the community I had started many years before. Like most “big goals”, my wanting to become a “traditionally” published author grew overtime.

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Productivity Follows Action Every Time

To do list for productivityThe difference between productivity and procrastination is found in the ability to take the first step in the direction you want to go. This sounds obvious enough, but people often get this mixed up when it comes to productivity. It’s like they think there’s some magic key that opens this super productive lifestyle. In reality, it’s something that’s built up over time.

Think of it like a muscle you build up over time by using it. In short, if you want to get more done, do the small things, build up to a place where you work on the bigger ones, as you tackle those you will grow into a person of action, and in doing so you’ll see procrastination show up less and less.

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How My Father’s Death Taught Me to Take Responsibility for Creating My Future

Man watching a sunsetMy dad had a massive heart attack at 47 years old. I was 21 at the time — just shy of 22. To say it had a profound impact on my life is an understatement. As I’m writing this I’m in my early 40’s. Crazy to think that I’m not that far off from how old he was when he died. Crazier still to think about how that event was a catalyst for change in my own life.

The point of my sharing this isn’t to garner sympathy. Instead, I hope to share some of the lessons I learned as a result. There’s truth in realizing that even the most painful or difficult challenges can bring with them important lessons, assuming we are willing to accept they exist, and be open to identifying them. Often, we just have to get a bit of time behind whatever the experience was to fully realize there was a life lesson to learn.

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How to Lead Your Professional Field With an Entrepreneurial Mindset

If you’ve ever felt uncertain along your career path or in your professional life here are two words you need to embed in your vocabulary right now:

Entrepreneurial Mindset …

No, I’m not saying you have to start your own company, and that’ll be the cure for any and all challenges in your professional life. Not by a long shot.

I’m actually talking about cultivating, and living your life as though you are an entrepreneur, regardless of whether or not you start or run your own business. “What the heck?” I can hear you saying.

What I mean is this. Live your life much the same way an entrepreneur does even if you find yourself working for someone else. Bear with me before you write this off as yet another wacko sharing some nonsense advice.

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