It’s not often that we post an opinionated piece here on Asian Efficiency but this is something I’ve been wanting to express for a while. It’s the idea that people just don’t want to put in the time to achieve something.
This idea was inspired after reading Steven Pressfield’s Turning Pro. It’s about how to go from starting something to finishing it and going through the tough process of a creating your masterpiece. This book really resonated with me because I see people around me all the time struggling going from start to finish.
Nobody wants to put in hours of sweat to get that perfect body.
Nobody wants to wake up earlier or stay up later to work on their side-project.
Nobody wants to master their craft and become one of the best at it in the world.
People are inherently lazy. They always want the quick fix and immediate solution. I get it. That’s how we are hardwired.
We get a lot of emails from readers and customers. Lots of positive ones but once a while we also get emails from people who are looking for an easy way out.
Here’s an email we got a while back (I’ve edited it to make it concise):
Love your stuff. I’ve been reading your AE Primer and it really resonated with me. Right now I’m struggling with managing my time. Currently I’m full-time employed but I don’t really like my job so I started a business in my spare time. It’s about (redacted) but I can’t seem to find time to work on it. I’ve had this idea for a couple years now but it’s not going anywhere because I’m procrastinating a lot. Any advice?”
We get tons of emails like this and it hurts me to see people struggling like this. At the same time, sometimes I want to pick up the phone, call them and give them my rant.
Instead, I decided to write this.
You see, when you truly WANT something, you’ll magically find time to make it happen.
Do you really want to see that new episode of your favorite TV series? Somehow you’re able to do that even though you’re working 80+ hours a week.
Do you really want to hangout with your friends this weekend? Somehow you’re able to push everything else aside and make it happen.
Most people who struggle to find time to improve their lives or situation, just don’t want it bad enough. When you want it bad enough, you’ll find time to make it work.
It’s easy to find an excuse to not do something. It’s easy to say “I’ll do it tomorrow” instead of doing it now. It’s easy to lay on the couch and do nothing instead of educating yourself.
But it’s hard to wake up earlier and work on your side-project. It’s hard say no to friends on a Saturday night so you can work on your craft. It’s hard to push yourself when no one is watching you.
If you’re reading this and you struggle to find time to make things happen, you’re taking the easy route. You don’t want it bad enough.
You just kind of want it.
The person who wrote that email…he/she just kind of wants it. When you’re dabbling, procrastinating and you’re not making any progress for long periods of time…you just kind of want it.
Please don’t be one of them. Get to work. Make sh*t happen. Get used to saying no to people. Get used to waking up earlier and staying up late. Work hard when nobody is watching. Do more than you normally think you can do.
All of a sudden you’ll find time that you thought didn’t exist.
It’s been there all along. You just had to decide to take advantage of it.
So…how bad do you want it?