This article is very similar to the last blog post, but it’s rewritten, I didn’t know which article was better.
For this article, let’s define a “successful person” as a person that is well known within their industry, does interesting work, has a following of industry peers, and an income that supports them well enough that they’re not stressed about money.
We follow these successful people on Twitter, read their blogs, buy their ebooks, listen to their talks at industry events. We put them on a high pedestal. We tell ourselves they’ve risen to this place of excellence due to many factors which we unfortunately do not have.
These are simply not true.
Popular, interesting people in the tech industry seem to have extra time to travel to industry events, the time to learn new things (or contribute to open source), time to write blogs, screencasts, e-books and even Twitter.
You’re probably like me, kids and a spouse, a house that needs the grass cut and plenty of other family obligations. We “normals” think, “Oh, those people must not have the same obligations that I do.”
NEWSFLASH: I’m sorry to say, these people are busy just like you.
Finding the time is a skill in itself. It’s a game of seeing the hundreds of things you need to “get done” and being able to place tasks in order of things you need to get done now and things that’ll help you long term.
It’s asking yourself questions:
Finding the time can even mean borrowing time from sleep, TV and hobbies to instead spend it on more effective things. Successful people have only mastered one skill you don’t current have… they’re able to find the time to build value for their careers.
As you become better and better at finding the time you’ll notice people saying, “When did you have time for this?” and you’ll smile.
If you wanted it to build a product you’d find a way to get time to work on it. If you really wanted to start that new hobby you’d sacrifice something to find the time and money to do it.
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