EPI 76: Wouldja Just Take It Easy?
I’m spent. Took a lot for me to even show up tonight.
But I told you I would.
And I’da hated myself tomorrow if I hadn’t.
But I AM running on fumes.
So…brevity is key this evening.
Staying within that theme, one must understand and use wisely, one’s available energy reserves, based on how much there is to give in any one area, and still do an effective job.
Or better, yet, to still live a fulfilling life.
If you try to push too hard or too long in areas that aren’t even your sweet spot, you will crash and burn.
You might succeed for awhile. And it might be necessary to actually drive yourself more than is healthy for a certain amount of time.
But don’t make it a habit.
You’ll just die faster.
This thing you’re building? With or without me?
It’s a long haul game.
Think 10 YEARS…long haul…and you’ll get a more accurate idea of the time commitment this big dream of yours is going to require.
Sit with what I just said.
Save your sanity as you do it.
And don’t hate the lengthiness.
And it’ll be worth it.
Plus, you’ll enjoy the ride more.
Be kind to yourself as you build your thing.
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Hey, this is Ken Jensen. I beat bipolar disorder in an all natural fashion back in the mid 2 thousands. And believe it or not, that’s not even the coolest part of my story.
What I learned through that process and what came next and how that applied to bipolar and why bipolar was ever even part of the process, was mind blowing to say the least.
Bipolar has hidden within its strengths. I’m gonna show you what I mean and how they’ve shown up in my life so you can do the same. Welcome to the bipolar Excellence podcast episode 76. Would you just take it easy?
I think I’m gonna have to actually do this 1 pretty quick. This is my fourth attempt to do this tonight. I’m at home everybody went to bed early. It was a rainy day that was low energy in the house. I think everybody conked out early.
Or we have to get up early to go to go to our day jobs. Fucking curse day jobs. Necessary evil. This couldn’t be more true. The title is in reference to monitoring understanding and using your energy wisely as you build a thing.
Particularly, if you if it’s outside of the scope of all the rest of your regular world responsibilities, The KOLBE Corporation, K0LBE dot com, kolbe.com. They talk about I’m not good with details.
Y’all know that but I can’t but I’m telling you to where you can go to find out more. The we all have a certain amount of energy to give to anything in a handful of categories as as far as Colby measures it.
And in some categories, you have way more to give than others. If you try to give energy in an area where you barely had any to to give in the first place, you’re gonna fail or do a poor job.
Far as I can tell, I’m in the middle of doing that right now. I’m just trying to keep to my word of doing this once a week because I damn near canceled on this before I even started.
If you push yourself too hard, you’re gonna make suboptimal work, or you’re just gonna confuse things or you’re gonna you’re gonna break things.
You’re gonna make make mistakes and cost yourself money that you wouldn’t have otherwise. This is a lot of experience talking to you right here with this. And what you’ll find is, well, 2 things.
This is Long Haul. I’ve been hearing about this more and more from some people I value greatly and they even say if if if you’re just starting out with building something, Think of this as a 10 year project.
I’m so glad they said it. Can you succeed at whatever you’re doing faster than 10 years?
Of course you can. But based on my own experience and what I’ve seen in my studies and the people I follow I mean it’s not gonna go that way for you. It might. It can, but probably it won’t.
The numbers are against you and if you do succeed it might not last because There’s ways of even making a ton of money, but but being unable to maintain the thing that made the money. And then it crashes and burns.
Entrepreneurs go through this quite a bit as part of the learning process. But I’m dealing more with the I’m talking more about the the day to day energy expenditure and maintenance comes down to prioritization.
And you have to have a triage mindset. If you only have a certain amount of energy to give like like right now, I’m soup right now.
I honestly don’t feel like sitting there doing this right now, but I do not wanna put out a shit product just to say, I I made my my weekly quota of podcast episodes. This is that. It is. I’m holding myself accountable.
But but accountability’s not the episode topic tonight. Yeah, if you you you want to get good at understanding what it is you have to give where and why and even how And then focus on the areas where you do that best.
If it’s if something’s got to be done and it’s not in those your sweet spot, then you’re gonna find out how to do it quick and still be good which is what I’m attempting to do right here right now with this episode.
I just didn’t want to go a week.
III really was gonna just say fuck it and not do tonight. I mean, it’s gonna be short. It’s gonna be short, but it really bothered me thinking that it wasn’t gonna be there and not and not even just for you guys.
I like the satisfaction of watching the podcast, the number, the amount I watch I watch that grow. And then watch my various statistical meters bounce around in response and now there’s things on YouTube as well.
So I’m doing the best I can. I’m crashing even as I speak. But still, part of what made me do this episode tonight, what what made me thinking is that this this topic was hustle.
Somebody did a very impassioned post on LinkedIn over the weekend about hustle and a million people, you know, thumb not thumbs up, but everybody agreed.
Everyone I did agree. There was a load of them agreeing. You gotta push through. You gotta drive hard. This dream ain’t gonna come easy. These things are all true and there’s times when I’ve had a hustle like a bitch.
I’ve I’ve I’ve had a I’ve I’ve had to pull pull work out of my ass with very little sleep day after day after day to build the thing that you’re inside of now. But it’s nothing I could do forever.
I go through periods where I knock out a whole ton of work, then I just do regular little maintenance work and just kinda screw around and toy with things that just make me feel better which I think there’s value in that.
You don’t want to do that all the time but I’ll tune up little things on my website just to make it look the way I want. Kinda like a car guy. What he does with his car.
Polishing it and vacuuming it and making the chrome shine and all that crap I do that with my website. There’s a lot of do on my website that I know ultimately to somebody else that that that matters to it’ll tip the scales.
They want to look a little closer just because how the website looks. But most people don’t. I know this from my own experience when somebody writes or says something I really need to know. The piece of me that is the car guy.
I’ll look at their website and there is and I will think somewhere in my mind like, jeez this this site’s kinda shitty. But they already sold me on whatever it is they were talking about elsewhere, so I dig deeper.
And then if I really liked them, I I just keep digging and I don’t give a shit about the website. If you say something that matters to people, they’re not gonna care either.
And then you make the website better later as you go because You still want, you know, you want to cut your grass and paint the house and keep your shingles looking nice. You don’t want to be that neighbor.
That online neighbor and the community of business owners and what have you. But sometimes you gotta do things just for yourself and it helps keep you sane. And as far as hustle goes, certain people are built for that.
Now they thrive on it. I’m not 1. I am not 1. I learned in a book once many years ago the DaVinci method. That gentleman referred to people like us me and himself as we’re like the hunter in the village.
We lay around for weeks and the hammock pretty much just taking naps and sleeping longer and everyone around us and we don’t help with any of the chores until it’s time to eat. Till it’s time to fill up the fridge so to speak.
Then we’re the only 1 who knows how and has it within our abilities to head out into the jungle in the woods for a couple days a couple weeks, hunt, kill and prepare the thing that we’re all gonna eat and have the physical I’m gonna drag it miles back to the village and then we feed everybody.
Then we go the fuck back to our hammock and you can fuck off. We did our job.
This is something that I hate about fucking regular work employment. It’s very hard to find you you can’t you can’t find that in a in a 9 to 5 job. The only place you can find that is in like freelance work and I’ve done that as well.
But I’m the hunter. Leave me alone until it’s time for me to do my bit. When I do my bit, my bit is worth more than your bit because I’m taking care of a hundred people.
You’re taking care of however many, and I just fed you as well, leave me alone. Don’t judge me for laying around for 2 weeks because the 2 days I work, I make I make food for everybody and you can’t.
You don’t know how to track the beast. You don’t know how to kill the beast. You don’t have the guts to kill the beast.
You don’t know how to gut the beast. You won’t have it in you to throw the beast over your shoulder and walk that thing back out of the woods however many miles in whatever weather and drop it at the feet of the thankful tribe.
I do. I have never found this in any job I’ve ever had because it doesn’t exist.
But I have found it freelancing and I have found it working on other projects. That’s how I hustle. I hustle periodically. I haven’t had to do that all that much lately with what I do now, but it has its moments.
Now usually when I inject a new software into my system, or based on feedback from wherever I figure out a way to improve 1 of the systems I already have running and it’s gonna take a bit of work for me to get the thing changed out and brought up to speed.
And then I do have it at me to go day after day after day. Sometimes for weeks, with no sleep, a handful of episodes back I was talking about I was in something. I don’t even remember what I was doing that very thing.
And then I was dead for days afterwards and didn’t do much anything but piddle about. Don’t tear yourself up if you you’re not a failure if you can’t go hard every single day all day.
Would very little sleep. Again, there’s people that thrive on that. This episode is not for them and more power to you and people like that are needed.
I’m just not 1 of them. Don’t care to be. Don’t don’t want to change anything about me so that I can be. It’s not how I want to live and I’ll leave you with that. You’re not just building this thing online.
You’re building your life. Because I did so many cakes tonight, I can’t remember who said that already in this 1, but You want to get to where you cannot tell the difference between work and play and then you will have nailed it.
Whatever you’re trying to get to when you are just excited to do it and it’s the only thing you have to do in your day, you’ve nailed it you’ve succeeded.
The money will follow if it hasn’t already shown up. So don’t berate yourself if you’re not 1 of these Luna ticks like in the movie Wall Street or the 1 Tom Cruise thing where he worked worked as what was he a lawyer?
The firm. Whatever. Pick any lawyer movie. Half of the eighties movies about business.
It’s like, you you can’t You give what you give in the way that you can that makes the most sense is the most efficient, delivers the biggest payback regarding return on time invested, And then be okay with that.
Don’t drive yourself crazy if you don’t do your thing like other successful people that you follow do theirs and I’ll leave you with this all advice is correct if it works for you.
It’s not that you’re not capable or or or you’re wrong or even they’re wrong.
You’ve got to try enough stuff that you’ve learned from enough people till till you find the thing that works for you and usually it’s gonna be a hybrid of anything any of us say.
That’s how I do what I do. So take it easy on yourself. Destroying yourself to build your dream.
The hell kind of dream is that You don’t want to do that. Don’t do it to yourself. Slow and steady, suck it up a little bit every now and then like I just had to do it a night to even put put this in your ear balls.
And be glad that you did that, it’s 1 more step closer to the final win at at that level because there’s always gonna be another level. And then take it from there. Alright, guys. Have faith in yourselves. You can do this and be well.