Like most I am doing this multiple streams of income and passive earning to help with my financial stability. As Pat Flynn says ‘Work hard now so you dont have to later’. While I agree with this I would add ‘with balance’. This holds especially true if you have a family. I forgot where I heard it but there is a quote that holds true: ‘money spent can always be earned again, but time once spent is gone forever’.
It has been a hard lesson for me to learn and Im still struggling at times. Many years ago (right here in this galaxy) when I still had my day job as an engineer I started my photography business on the side. Soon I was working practically 24/7. Shooting on evenings and weekend and working on orders when I wasnt shooting. I think this may be the main reason I got sick the first time around. around 2006 or maybe 2007 I got really sick with stomach, breathing and anxiety issues. At times I couldnt even move. This lasted about six months with many doctor visits, tests and all sorts of meds. it hung around to a degree since then with flare ups once in awhile. Now fast forward to 2010, I made the decision to quit the day job and do photography full time. I still had stress but it was a different kind, things were a bit easier and I was again concentrating on one thing. My health seemed a bit better as well.
Well the photography business took off and soon I was back to working 24/7 not sure but when things were peaking I seemed to have a relapse on my health which knocked me out again for a few weeks. This time I’m taking this as a wake up call and really paying attention to my health. Work and making money is great but its not everything, especially if your body is not working properly it make that working thing a little more difficult. I now take time during the week to exercise, my old thinking was no way thats an hour or so out of my schedule I have to many things to do. Now that hour or so every couple days is a priority. I also have radically changed my diet (and been holding to it since April) eating whole foods for practicaly 90% of my diet. Lots more fruit and veggies (or I should say I started) and no more processed or fast food. I also dont eat red meat anymore, only drink water (and smoothies), and no more sugars goes without saying. I even cook now 🙂 I want to stay healthy to be around to enjoy the fruits of my labors. Oh and besides the exercise I take time to just relax and breath deeply from time to time.
Another aspect of the balance is your family. During these past working years I know I have neglected my family, especially my son. When his mom left I did spend time with him (he was 3) and we did lots of things together. Then I started getting busy with work and side projects and we stopped doing those things. As he got older I tried to help him with school and ask him questions to see what was going on in his life, but it wasnt enough. When he decided to move in with his mom after graduation it kinda hit me that I kinda turned into my dad, even after swearing I wouldnt. I also have a 8 yo daughter with my current wife and I hope I dont make the same mistakes. When I went full time photography it did give me the opportunity to take her to school everyday and be there when she gets home but I know that is not enough. I need to take more time with her and the wife doing fun things together, hell not even fun but we can do house projects together and make them fun.
What I am trying myself to learn and to relay to others so that hopefully you learn at an early point is to have balance in your life. We do these passive income projects on the side or as a main source of income and by the nature of the type of people we are we get caught up in it and work harder trying to be the best. Saying to ourselves we are doing this to make money for our future so we can then spend time relaxing and being with the family. This is a great goal but balance the work of today with taking time out for yourself and your family now as well. As there may not be a tomorrow, every missed moment now can not be reclaimed. Taking the time to keep your self healthy and your family happy will have its rewards in your work as well. Allowing you more energy and more support from the people around to get the work done.
What can you do to put more balance in your life? do you struggle with it?