The Magic Formula for Determining Who You'll Become (T+E=?)

The Magic Formula for Determining Who You’ll Become (T+E=?)

Time + Effort = You. Who we are is a reflection of what we saythink and do. Most of us spend 40+ hours a week at our jobs so we say we're a (Blank) employee. Those working with students say they're teachers or counselors. Parents who don't work in an office say they're stay at home moms or dads. We typically claim to be the things that generate income for our families or reflect responsibility.


We are the sum of that in which we invest our time.

But are these things who we really are? Are we salesmen? Construction workers? Contractors? Nurses, doctors or secretaries? Or are we husbands, fathers, sisters, brothers, moms, aunts and uncles? Does the time you spend on the activity reflect its importance to you? When your family, friends and peers think of you as a leader, of what do they think? What is the personal brand image that they have in mind when they hear your name mentioned or hear your voice coming down the hall?

As a leader, you need to be positive and helpful. You need to be responsible, dedicated, passionate and directed.

In the famous book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill says that we should

Resolve to throw off the influences of any unfortunate environment, and to build [our] own life to order.

Through a positive mental attitude we can shape the events and relationships around us. So, are you spending your time being negative? Do you always see the glass as half-full? Even in jest, the negativity you project has an impact on those who hear it. Just as we say there is no font for sarcasm, your negativity is not always seen as a joke or as you intended. Even if its clear, the constant negativity weighs on people and when you are positive or serious, people will wonder about your intentions.

To be a leader, we need to be worthy of being followed.

Spend your time and effort earning the right to be followed. We need to lead from the front and inspire people, not simply push them the way we want them to go. Leaders spend the time to find what's unique about the individuals around them, figure out what drives those individuals, and makes the effort to help them achieve their goals.

It was Zig Zigler who said,

You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.

It'll be worth your effort to find out what your friends, co-workers, employees and family members want out of life. Take the time to help them achieve their goals and see your own desires filled.

Remember, it's not always money that people want. Sometimes what people really want is far more valuable but far less expensive to give. Time.If what you spend your time doing, and what you put your effort into is you, who are you?


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