Next week I turn 33. I’m still young enough to know that I have a lot of life to live, learn and experience. I’m also old enough to know that the show doesn’t last forever.
I know that I’m not the smartest person in every room and if I am, I’m standing in the wrong room.
I’ve also learned what I should be doing with my time and with my life, and what I shouldn’t.
Spreadsheets are one of them. God I hate spreadsheets.
They suck the life out of me. Instant migraines.
For me, spreadsheets are a problem and they cause me to lose focus, motivation and creativity.
And I need all of those things leading 4 businesses, writing a few thousands words a day and filming videos from dawn till dusk.
I don’t want to wake up in 30 years and realize I’ve spent my life doing something that drives me bat-shit cray.
So I did what you should do when you run into something that sucks the life out of you.
Life is too short. And I got things to do. People to help. A world to change.
Now, let’s not limit the stuff that sucks out your life to just spreadsheets.
I’ve eliminated, delegated or outsourced a lot of other things in my life as well. Things like laundry, mowing the lawn, scheduling calls, booking travel, graphic design or coding websites. I don’t mess with HR and paperwork.
Instead I focus my time working with my unique abilities. Writing, speaking, marketing, being creative, helping people, teaching and creating revenue for each of the 4 companies I run or am partners in.
It’s a word I first heard Dan Sullivan talk about.
They work jobs that restrict their ability to do things that people will notice and value. They hate their jobs and resort to happy hours and a few 3-day vacations a year just to get away. They suck down energy drinks and coffee just to keep their eyeballs from bleeding and are bored with their personal and professional lives.
That is no way to live.
I for one want more from life than boredom and exhaustion caused by the job description that someone has created for me.
It’s why I encourage all young people to start a business, or at least build a side hustle.
It’s why we find people who don’t put restrictions on how to express themselves and their unique ability.
It’s why Uber is killing it with 20-somethings who love their freedom to do the things they want to do with their life and work when they want to support that lifestyle.
Ah, but Greg, people won’t pay me to eat pizza and watch the sunset. Touche.
At the same token, most things in life come with choice. You get to choose where you live. Where you work. How you make money. Where you go out to eat. What you put in your body and what you put into your mind.
It’s all opt-in media.
You chose it.
All of these are choices.
They are choices that either move you towards working with your unique abilities, or move you further into a life that you will regret.
I don’t want to see anyone wake up and realize that they are the real life version of Milton from Office Space.
But it starts with you. And your choices. I chose not to do spreadsheets. Because life is too short to be working on fucking spreadsheets.
Greg Rollett is the founder of Ambitious.com and knows that the people that create his spreadsheets are probably reading this. He hopes that one day they will take his advice and realize that they too can live an Ambitious Life if they focus on their unique abilities.