The other day, my friends and I were discussing a few issues, and a businessman friend remarked “in order to be productive, you must use a lot of energy”. He was talking not only about running a business, but life in general.
This is contrary to the concept that we should be conserving energy because it’s good for us in general.
So that go me into thinking more about it.
Sometimes I have this idea to just go on an RV (recreational vehicle) and just get away from everybody. Park in the woods, or in the mountains or any remote area and “commune with nature” as so many advertisers try to tell when they sell you camping tents.
Wouldn’t life be so much simpler?
Another version would be to buy a farm in a remote location and plant crops and have chicken and sheep and goats to supply food. In a word, be self-sufficient. Wouldn’t it be grand?
The thing that comes to mind though is we are still inter-dependent on each other no matter how isolated we want to be. Being remote may only benefit our own needs and wants but it doesn’t do much else for everybody.
Obviously, even if we are in a farm, we would still need clothes. So we’ll have to buy them too. If we have a stack of fabrics we can sew them into clothes. We are still dependent on the fabric makers to provide the fabrics.
We would still need other things, such as truck parts (hint to spouse: we will need a truck in a farm), equipments and their replacement parts. Housing materials to maintain our home and tools and hardware to fix things and equipments. Not to mention a mountain bike (yes, it’s another hint).
We will not be productive for others unless we sell or give away the vegetables we grow or the eggs from the chicken or the milk from the goats or the meat from the sheep and goats and chickens.
That brings me back to the reality that we still have to work because honestly we don’t have the funds to buy a farm. We would need to spend a lot of energy to produce the funds that would someday provide us with a farm.
That got me into thinking again (maybe I should stop thinking?)
Maybe I could focus on now. Spend a lot of energy into the things that matter. Spend energy not only on my work but on other passions, and then the funds will come – the farm may or may not follow. If it does – it’s great. If it doesn’t – I knew that I spent a full steam of effort and cannot regret anything in my future as I look back in my past.
I read about this sports figure who plays basketball. He went to practice at 5am and goes home from playing at 7pm. This is during his high school playing days. Today he is a professional, yet for one of his practices, he doesn’t quit until he made 400 baskets. That takes hours but the repetition makes him one of the best ever.
We’ve read about start-up companies where the founders worked 120 hours a week initially to set up something. The setting of the stories are normally in their garages (note to self: for my next residence, I may need a garage). Months later, their companies take off. After a few years, they were multi millionaires.
My friend is right: It takes great energy to produce great results.