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Creating Value Outside of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep near Chiang Mai, Thailand[/caption]
"When in doubt, consume less and create more. The world will thank you."
After all of last week's talk about the importance of selling value to others
, I realized we'd forgotten to cover an even more foundational step...and a decision we all face every day.
Thankfully I'm constantly reminded of it as I explore Thailand. The above man seems to have it figured out...
To Consume or to Create - The Golden Question
Two weeks ago over some Tumeric Spice tea at Samovar, my buddy Jonathan Fields
casually smiled as he said "You know I don't really read that many blogs anymore."
Then it got me thinking…most people waste their lives consuming things.
When I first started my business I noticed myself spending a lot of money. And this wasn't money needed directly for the business (it only required about $67 to start), but I was buying all kinds of books on passion, career, entrepreneurship, sales, marketing, etc. I hired coaches, purchased courses and attended seminars.
I also subscribed to (and actually attempted to read) 30 or so of my favorite blogs.
Over the course of a year the cost, both in time and money, started to approach a rather ridiculous number.
I was learning a ton, but I noticed I was creating very little of my own work.
The consumption was killing me.
Even when I did create things, it was often because I'd read the latest post from one of my mentors or just finished a recent bestseller. All it lead me to do was create a much lower quality version of the same idea I'd just consumed.
I was stuck in this trap.
And it's a valley every one of us stumbles into on the path to living our legend.