- 30% Living Expenses: Live simple, cook your own meals, pack lunch for work
- 20% Making Friends: Once a month treat people, more knowledgable than you, out to lunch
- 15% Learning: Personal development, reading books and info online (like this blog j/k)
- 10% Holidays Overseas: Travel, learn from the people you meet, and reward your day to day hard work
- 25% Invest: Buy wholesale products and re-sell them (maybe not the best example)
One point that really stood out later in the article was a reference to a Harvard theory that stated:
The difference of a person’s fate is decided from what a person spends in his free
time between 20:00 to 22:00. Use these two hours to learn, think and participate in
meaningful lectures or discussion. If you persist for several years, success will come
knocking on your doors.
While the five points above certainly offer interesting advice, it was this quoted Harvard theory that really got us thinking. What do we do 8pm to 10pm?
The time slot referenced was of particular interest to us as it just happens to be coincide with prime time television. We had never really been big on watching television, aside from Top Chef. Then in a matter of a few months we were simultaneously introduced to Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Walking Dead. Wow we binged like we have never binged before. It was great, but we both noticed that our previous habits of reading, writing, working on music, etc were all being exchanged for a glimpse of Walter White, House Stark, The Underwoods, and Daryl Dixon.
If you are a fan of any of these shows, and you have Netflix/OnDemand/HBOgo, then you know the temptation that comes with having all of these shows at your fingertips, and commercial free.
We learned a lot from that experience. First, Breaking Bad is freakin' amazing (go watch it now if you have not yet seen it). Okay no seriously, we learned that we were getting away from the habits that had made us successful individuals. We used to pride ourselves in constantly growing, and instead we consistently used that valuable window of time to entertain ourselves. We all deserve some time to relax don't get me wrong, but we went from one extreme to the other.
We were no longer using that time to "learn, think, and participate in meaningful lectures or discussion." Luckily for us, we saw the error of our ways. We corrected the habit and were able to completely revert back to our old positive habits. I can say with 100% certainty that there is now way we would be able to maintain this blog if we didn't. In a time where our day jobs are pushing up our hours worked to over 10+ hours in a day, and sometimes more on the weekends, the amount of free time at our disposal is shrinking. There is so much information to learn, so much for us to talk about with each other, and so much to discuss with all of the great bloggers out there posting up thought-provoking content.
I almost forgot to tell you why this is a funny story. I was so interested in that print out of the Li Ka-shing article that I went online to try and find a copy of it. The first website that came up was the article itself (yay I found it). The second website was a press release via the Li Ka Shing Foundation stating that Li Ka-shing never offered up those tips. So it turns out we don't even know who offered up the advice, all the while there are many people out there citing Li Ka-shing right now all over the web.
So even though I have no idea who actually provided those tips to buy a house in five years, they did manage to bring up an interesting point about the Harvard theory (maybe that is made up too). Anyway the point is that it got us thinking about what we were doing (or not doing) with our free time. Thank you stranger.
In the end 8pm-10pm is just a microcosm of our free time in general. What are we doing with our free time? Are we learning? Growing? Networking? If not, then what are we doing?