Do I Really Need To Do That… Part III


As many of you know, I am involved in several start-up ventures right now.

One, because I was asked to be… another, because I believe it was a gift that was given to me… and yet another because, well… it just would have been ridiculous not to be.

Yes, some endeavors are just that good… though not everyone sees it the same way.

A friend was recently lamenting his decision to put his dreams on hold for yet another few years, and asked my opinion as to whether he had made the right call or not.

Of course, second guessing is usually a game we play when we aren’t committed to our plan in the first place… though little good tends to come from the exercise.

When I asked what was the main factor in his deciding to wait, he gave the default answer of so many. “I just don’t have the time…” he said. “I don’t know how you do it.”


I guess one secret of making good use of time is to know what NOT to do with it.

More and more, I tend to look at activities as passions to be embraced, missions to be accomplished, and projects in which to be involved.

Oh yeah… and then there are those things that just seem like AN AWFUL LOT OF WORK.

Interestingly, however, even as my schedule tends to dance around the eighty-hour-a-week mark, I usually feel like I am spending very little time engaged in grinding work.

That’s right.

People, missions, and projects about which I am truly passionate seem very little like hard work… and more and more like just an integral part of, well… anything and everything that’s important in life.

In fact, I’m finding that most of what feels like just a lot of work is stuff that someone else could likely do much better than I, and you know… it’s been fairly easy to move over and just let them do it.

Of course, that leaves us with the problem of just what are we going to do with all of our extra time!! Any ideas?



If you were given a blank check at work, and the freedom to spend 12-15 hours a week on any activity (personal or professional) that you choose, how much would you spend and on what activities would you focus?

What are the chances that you are going to get that offer from your company?

If your answer is less than 100%, how are YOU going to free up the time and get the financial resources?


If you’d like to find 12 hours in your schedule AND you have a good purpose (meaning anything legal, I suppose) for how to invest it, send me an email, shoot me a message through the “Contact” or “Help!” forms, or hit me up on my @stevebuelow tab at

I look forward to speaking with you soon.


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3 thoughts on “Do I Really Need To Do That… Part III

  1. What NOT to do–evaluating that can increase a person’s available time dramatically right there. I have thought about what I would do with extra time, and it motivates me to stay on task so the spare time idea can become a reality.

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