I was given a challenge to blog about the best advice I have ever been given in life. Anytime I am asked this question I always give the same answer, the 60/40 rule. This rule may be slightly different from what you are familiar with because in my family this rule takes on a whole new meaning. Once I break down “our” version of this rule, you will see exactly why. Some may think this rule is a little harsh or unfair, but I find this rule to be fair, sensible and reasonable.
The 60/40 rule is a very simple rule because in my family we do not believe in complicating things. Life is not all that complicating, but most of us seem to make it that way. The 60/40 rule centers around our pursuits in life because in order for us to pursue the things that we want, it involves work. When it comes to your line of work, whatever line of work it may be, the key to this rule is to never give that line of work your full 100% unless it is absolutely worth it. In the case that it is not absolutely worth it, you only want to give that line of work 60% of what you can really do. Now granted, your 60% may be greater than mine or it may be less than mine, but the point is to give 60% of what you can really do.
Why 60%? The answer is very simple. You do not want to expend all of yourself if it is not absolutely worth it. I have met so many people whose health is declining because they are killing themselves for a trade or profession that is not paying them for what they are worth. Some look aged in the face, others are bitter and resentful and the rest are just plain stressed. The way we operate is the total opposite which is why most of the people in my family and those who practice this rule are much happier in life. Life is too short to be wasting your precious energy on something that is not worth it. If you honestly think about it, it actually makes a whole lot of sense.
Now you may be wondering about the remaining 40%. Well, that is to be used at your own discretion. We increase ours by 5% once we have determined that our line of work is deserving of it. Our version of the 60/40 rule is not about being lazy; it is about playing it smart with the life you have been given. People often wonder why I and most of my family seem unfazed or unbothered by most things; it is because we live our life by “our” 60/40 rule. There are only two things in life I have given my all to and that is my family first and foremost and my writing. Your life is your life, use it wisely.
Until next time…