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Get Rid of Stuff That Doesn’t Matter to Succeed

Get Rid of Garbage

Get Rid of Garbage

Do you want to Succeed in Life? Maybe getting rid of stuff that doesn’t matter will hep!!

I was watching Shark Tank last week and the last pitch of the episode was a gentleman who owns a company named U-Lace.

Shark Tank – Season 5 Episode 19

U-Lace – Color Your World. It’s Your World. Color It Your Way

In his pitch, Tim Talley, says something that just hit home for me. As he is trying to convince the sharks to invest in his company he shares a story from when he was in college:

“… When I was in college the chairman of the engineering department called me in and said, ‘Tim, you are out-classed. You are never gonna get an engineering degree. You don’t have to be an engineer. You could be an electrician. Why don’t you drop out of school, save your parents some money, join the army, and learn a trade? And what I did was…

I Got Rid of Stuff that Didn’t Matter.

I’ve read about this “frame of mind” said in different ways in a number of books. This way of thinking first jumped out at me in the book “Good To Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… And Others Don’t,” by Jim Collins. This was the key to seeing success with my goals soon after listening to that audio book. In that book what Mr. Collins and his team discovered was how much of the successful companies success wasn’t due to deciding what to do, but deciding….

What to Stop Doing to be Successful.

Just last week I started reading Richard Koch’s book, Living the 80/20 Way: Work Less, Worry Less, Succeed More, Enjoy More. The main idea of the book is:

Eighty percent of the Success in our life is going to be due to Twenty Percent of our actions.

The other eighty percent of what we do on a day to day basis doesn’t matter. The key to success is to figure out what  behaviors make up that twenty percent and go do them. At the same time, figure out the 80 percent that aren’t going to do anything for us and stop doing them.

Sir John Mark Templeton took this idea to the extreme in his book, Templeton Plan: 21 Steps to Personal Success and Real Happiness , when he states something along the lines of…

If you watch more than twenty hours of television in a year you will never be successful. 

Talk about extreme. But, you have to admit he has a point.

Here’s the deal. It’s just shy of 10pm. I’ve been studying stuff for my “Masters in Lifestyle Business,” and working on my blog since 6pm. I took enough time away from the computer to go make a juice for dinner, and feed my dogs.  Back in the old days I’d be farting around online playing video games. And, during those days I wasn’t seeing any progress on my goals.  On my days off, it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary to find me playing video games for 8 to 10, sometime even more, hours a day.

Talk about doing stuff that doesn’t matter!

I could be in the living room right now watching the latest episode of whatever it is that is the thing to watch. Again…

More Garbage that doesn’t matter! 

Do you want to succeed?

  1. Then decide what it is you are going to stop doing to be successful.
  2. Figure out what doesn’t matter.
  3. Create a not to do List.

If you would like, feel free to comment and share what things you’ve stopped doing that have helped you be more successful in life. Or, share some ideas on what you could stop doing so you can achieve your goals.


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