The Cost of Success

Chapter 5: What’s the Cost: Understanding Your Resources

There is a cost to everything, and you should guard your resources very carefully. Even if you have all the money in the world, it still can’t purchase you more time during the day. It can purchase people to help things get done, but that is another story. Time is of the essence when it comes to your road to success. In order for you to be ready to take hold of your success opportunity when it comes along, you need to be aware of time. How much time are you spending on the things that will one day matter? How much time are you spending building the skills that may be necessary for you to achieve your desired greatness? Just like there is time to work, there is also time to play.  Just because you can’t see every step of your direct path, doesn’t mean that you can’t do some work in preparation for your success moments. To spend all of your time playing or investing your nonrenewable resource of time into things that only bring momentary happiness is a recipe for “success disaster.”

Playtime has its place just as well as the time to work, develop, train, prepare, and rest. Everything time related should be looked at as the ultimate balance of your resources so that you understand what you are doing with your most important nonrenewable resource, time.

As I write this book, I look back at when I started dedicating real reading time. I was dedicating a lot of time to teaching and coaching. I also love video games. Madden was my favorite game. My Miami Hurricanes were 17 time NCAA Champions. I had won the Heisman Trophy 22 times in a row; I was getting any recruit I wanted. My created player had 173 sacks in a season. Do you get my point? If you know anything about video games, you know that was a lot of dedicated time toward a game that really didn’t do anything for my success path.

During that time, I also really wanted to know how people became successful, so I read one book (and kept playing my video game).  Soon, I realized that I had more time to read and develop toward my goals, but something had to give. As I developed, I realized that I needed to be on a regular schedule. Six years ago, I dedicated $30 a month to purchasing and reading success books. This move prompted me to give up the video games I love so much. That was when I boxed up the Sega, PlayStation, and Nintendo, and dedicated more time to reading. I realized that I was spending quite a bit of time on my NCAA football dynasty, and it wasn’t making me move any closer to my desired success goal. When I actually looked at the hours spent on the gaming console, I understood why I wasn’t where I wanted to be. I mean, it didn’t take a genius to see that most of my actions and time to do them was diverted away from my desired goal.

This is a part of a chapter from my book Learning Curve: How to Prepare For Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going by Pierce Brunson. Every Monday and Thursday for the next 12 weeks I will share parts of the book starting today 3/17/2014.  The next shares will come from my new book Rock The Crowd (Wednesday/ Friday Schedule starting 4/21/2014), a book that helps teachers give the best performances of their life as they teach their students.

Learning Curve: How To Prepare for Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going is dedicated to helping the high school student that desires success in life but doesn’t know exactly what they want to do or how to do it.  During this confusing and stressful time most students just pick a college major or get a job and just hope things work out. Well, that strategy is terrible!  The best strategy includes learning and adding the characteristics in this book to one’s personality so that as the right opportunities come along the student can take hold of them.  Learning Curve is the jumpstart information that helps teens prevent a lifetime of wishing, “if only someone would have told me”, once valuable opportunities have gone away.

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