We have no shortage of self-proclaimed experts willing to tell you how to live your life.
There are approximately 32 million people (unverified) who have an opinion on what you should be doing with your life.
These people include:
- Life coaches
- Radio personalities
- Financial coaches
- Online “experts.”
- Self-help gurus
In 2017, the list of experts is endless, and the problem with many of them is they are dangerous.
Some of the most well-known marriage counselors have been divorced multiple times. Many online finance experts have no idea what the Rule of 72(t) means. And many online gurus spew garbage in an attempt to gain more followers.
By no means is everyone a phony, but I think we should all be skeptical at first.
This leads to a great question:
What do you need to do to win in life?
Stop drinking Starbucks?
Get six pack abs?
Eat a GMO, gluten free diet?
Invest in the perfect portfolio?
NO! NO! NO!
In life, there are five things you to win at to ensure you live an abundant life! Luckily those things don’t include a chiseled chest or skimping on fancy coffee.
Focusing on these 5 Wins will Ensure you Live a Rich Life
1) The Right Job
Many times finding the right job determines a lot of your life.
Some of us want to work 80 hours a week to make partner in a firm.
Others climb the corporate ladder to get a corner office.
Some people become teachers.
None of those choices are right or wrong, but how many people do you know who hate their jobs? Often this carries over into their personal and family lives too.
When this happens, life can start spinning out of control; this can lead to divorce, depression, and health problems.
Many times we pick a career based on money, what our parents wanted us to do, or what sounds good. None of those are the right ways to chose a career.
Instead of basing a career solely on money and stature, try to find a job that encompasses these five things:
1) You enjoy what you do
2) Aligns with your beliefs
3) Gives you time to be with your family
4) Pays well (yea, money is still important, just not the most important)
5) Doesn’t completely stress you the hell out
When you can find a balance between these things, then you win.
Just remember no job is worth sacrificing your health, your family, or morals.
What do we have in life if we don’t have our health?
Health doesn’t mean you are running marathons or competing in cross-fit competitions. (unless that’s your bag)
To live a healthy life, you just need to do a few things.
1) Eat healthier
Eating healthier is simple; eat more fruits and veggies and lay off the carbs and processed foods. Also, implement some will-power and avoid many of the fast food restaurants.
My favorite eating plan is Tim Ferris’ Slow Carb Diet. This diet has you eat protein, veggie, and bean/legume for every meal six days a week. On the seventh day, eat whatever you want.
The reason I like it is that is works, and it is good for you. To spice up the Slow Carb Diet, then I highly suggest checking out Masala Body.
Again, you don’t need to train like an Olympian. To get back in shape or stay in shape I suggest exercising out at least four days a week for 30 minutes each day.
Try to do cardio two days a week, strength one day a week, and stretching one day a week. If you don’t know where to start here are a few places:
Full Body Workout by Stuff Parents Like
Yoga for Beginners by Yoga with Adriene
Bodyweight Strength Training by Relentless Jake
3) Optimize Sleep/Meditate
Being healthy includes having a healthy mind. The best to ensure your brain is working optimally there are two things you should try to do 1)Optimize Sleep and 2) Meditate.
To optimize your sleep, check out my Ultimate Sleep Guide. You can find everything you need to know.
The best meditation is Mindfulness Meditation. To learn how to meditate, visit my YouTube video showing how to deal with stress.
3) Nurturing Relationships with Family
As a parent, I fully understand there is no way to get time back with my children.
This is why I work my ass off Monday through Friday from 5:30-5:00. Then I focus on them until 8:30. At 9:00 I am either spending time with my beautiful wife or back it.
On the weekends, I do wake up early to get anything finished up I didn’t do during the week. Then spend the rest of the day with them.
I also spend at least two weeks a year on uninterrupted vacation time.
This schedule allows me to get so much accomplished and spend quality time with my family. The things we try to do as a family is:
- eat dinner together (this is huge for us)
- coach our kids’ sports
- play board games
- get outside
- visit all together with the grandparents often
- say I love you every single day
I understand this isn’t possible for everyone. However, a lot of this goes back to point number one: Finding the Right Job.
Luckily, my full-time job allows me to have an excellent family life. It wasn’t always like this because I used to be in a career where I was working 70 hours a week trying to climb the corporate ladder.
I can’t stress the importance of your job has on all areas of your life.
Last, but certainly not least to live a rich life you need to get your finances in order.
I’ve been in massive debt and have had the opportunity to live comfortably. It is much better to earn a high income with no debt than stress about money.
Finances are complicated and become more complex when we have so many self-proclaimed experts telling us how to live.
How do we get financially fit?
The rules to getting your finances in order are:
- Get out of debt
- Invest early and often
- Earn more money (raise/switch careers/side hustle)
- Have great credit
When you can accomplish these four steps, your life will feel so much better. My suggestion is to start with figuring out how to earn more money first, then everything else follows (as long as you don’t go on a spending spree).
Living a rich life doesn’t necessarily mean chartering private jets across the world. It’s living life on your terms.
To live life on your terms, many times it starts with your career. Find a job that aligns with what you want in life. Then get everything else in order including your relationships, health, and finances.
Life never feels so good when you win big in those four areas!