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Stop listening to others & start learning on your own (the 20-80 rule)

This is a short vlog that explain how and why I’m now choosing my own route and train of thought and why it’s ESSENTIAL that you do that when you’re ready.

I found that doing what most people consider “not being focused” is the BEST thing to have happened to me in order to produce more! Yes, I discovered last month that I could create more outputs by doing many many different things at the same time. But I’m made that way, and this can’t work with most people. That’s why you must find your way of doing things.

But stopping the outside noise and making a mind of your own is extremely hard. It’s so tempting to listen to advice from parents, peers, friends and others and not listen to your inner voice. But here’s the thing: you MUST find YOUR way of working and doing things. If it means trying something and failing, then so be it. But if you always listen to others, no matter how convincing they are, then you’ll NEVER DO ANYTHING. Even if these people are well known guru: they don’t know you as well as you know yourself and even if they have ton of experience, it doesn’t mean that they’re right.

In my case, I used to do exactly what people said: focus on ONE thing and do only that. And because of my DNA, how I’m wired, that meant working morning to night on one thing, with pauses only for eating, until I was done for that project. And that was awful. It meant that I was over-thinking everything, creating endless sub-tasks, spending way too much time on one thing and advancing no other projects. And this is NOT the best way to work.

Last month, in January 2014, I started a few very hard and action-packed challenges where I had a ton of very varied tasks to get done in 30 days for each month of the year. And this was the BEST thing to happen in my life: because I had so many things to do, and because I CARED about doing them (in line with my LIFE GOALS), I started getting more things done than ever before. Since I gave myself no time to over-think, I did tasks and projects MUCH FASTER and launched more websites, trained more, read more, posted more blog post, got more 4-Hour Workweek muses going then ever before.

Like Gary Vaynerchuk says, the goal is to LISTEN TO YOUR DNA. Don’t do what 99.9% of the world do because “they all do it that way”. Try things out, fail, listen to your guts and then find your way. And once you find what works for you, then stop listening to all advice and focus on what works.

In my case, it’s pushing myself like crazy with crazy goals and lots of milestones and overloading my month. It allows me to focus on only the 20% of work that produce the 80% of results and forget the rest. If on the other hand I work on only one project (what people call “to focus”) then for me it has the exact opposite: it drives my brain insane, I over-think, create endless and useless sub-tasks and end up producing stuff that is not better then if I had done in 2 hours. I NEED and MUST keep my brain overloaded.

Stop listening to people and go your own way

Joel Alain is on a quest to the 4 Hour Workweek Lifestyle, Accelerated Growth & Meta Learning. He rejects status quo and the so called "common sense" and creates his own vision of reality. The goal being to live the life you've imagined, no matter how crazy that is. Hop in.
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