For anyone of you that have read my blog, know I am a true believer in self-education. I believe that personal development and education is the key to success. Anyone that makes the time to grow themselves will watch their business grow as they themselves do. I am going to discuss the power of the EvE ratio that I learned from Brian Tracy. I don’t think there’s a bigger perspective than that of this philosophy.
In regards to the EvE ratio, I would like to ask you this question: “What amount of time do you spend on activities that truly upgrade your life and propel your business?” Most people spend their time watching TV, listen to the radio, and playing on their Facebook thread. None of these things improve your future or help build your life.
What is the EvE Ratio?
The EvE ratio is the amount of time a person spends on entertainment vs education. According to Brian Tracy, the average person spends 50 minutes on entertainment for every 1 minute spent on education.
If you want to find one of the fastest ways to increase growth and success in your life and business, decrease your ratio for entertainment and increase your ratio for education. Change your ratio and you will change your life. It’s that simple.
This is the first step in making a huge impact in business and personal success. I was always into personal development. I read books like Rich Dad Poor Dad, but wasn’t good at taking a lot of action. I thought my ambition alone would take me places, but I didn’t have any real guidance.
I didn’t know what I was doing, nor did I have the right philosophy. It was entertainment all the time. I would go to basketball games, watch TV, love movies, hang out with friends, and of course that good ole Facebook.
Once I got into business and really started shifting my ratio, I began to see success. This may be hard for some people as they spend all day entertaining themselves. If they have a job they don’t like, they just go home and flop in front of the television.
You know it’s odd how people say, “I don’t have time” but spend 5 to 6 hours per day watching TV and playing on Facebook. The goal is not to get rid of the things that entertain you but to identify the activities that waste your time or don’t add value to your life.
I challenge you to make the switch.
When you think back to the best experiences you’ve had over the years, do you remember those times reading the paper or watching Scandal? Probably not. Most times, you’re going to remember the things that changed your life in a significant way.
The first switch is figuring out how to shift that ratio. Examples of education like personal growth audios, seminars, mastermind groups, listening to podcasts, taking a class about the things that interest you. Maybe you like marketing, business, economics, education, or anything that supports your growth.
The second switch is enhancing your education with consistent action steps. Education can become another form of entertainment if you’er not applying action.
If you quit watching TV to read a non-fiction book rather and you never utilize the information from the book, you’ve basically entertained your brain and gained no ground. So in the event that you don’t watch TV and read three books, yet nothing changes as far as action or results, you should have just watched TV.
You have to implement your education for it to be effective. It’s not easy but the faster you understand this philosophy, the faster you’ll succeed. In this fast paced economy there is no other option but to succeed quickly.
Stay consistent and determined in your endeavors.
It’s necessary to focus on consistent action in one particular area before moving to the next. People are often obsessed with absorbing a lot of information and not applying action.
You have to simplify all that information and create action steps to use it. I came across a community that helped me take the right actions,use the right strategies and network with the right people. You have to find a mentor that will help you stay focused and accountable.
The quickest way to success is to have someone who holds you accountable. You need to have a group of people, a mentor, a coach, or a team to hold you to your word, because, as I said, people get absorbed in these books, but they don’t take any action.
Knowing that someone is there to push you makes you more likely to put what you learn into practice. Information is the key, but only actions will open doors.
In many cases, particularly as entrepreneurs, we at times confine ourselves, and that is the thing we need to break away from. Nobody succeeds alone and nobody fails alone. There are always people around you, so you must ensure they are the right people.
Don’t forget there is always meetup.com, there are mastermind groups in every city, there are Professionals Network, and so many more.
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