The 21st century way to wealth: sleep and energy
By Jeffrey Reeves MA
Editor's note: Jeffrey Reeves' introduction to "The Way to Wealth" provides an overview of this weekly blog series.
“…and He that riseth late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night;"
An individual may claim to be a "night person." S/he stays up late, sleeps late, arrives at the office late, and works late. His/her family suffers, health suffers, business suffers, s/he complains about being overwhelmed on a regular basis.
This kind of person reads motivational books, attends seminars, studies Benjamin Franklin’s works, yet fails to consider the possibility that sleeping and work habits have anything to do with his/her everyday challenges.
The hidden reality, however, is that this person could be a better parent, a better spouse, a better provider. S/he could be of greater service to clients. His/her income, charitable giving, health, life and peace of mind could all improve if s/he would put business in perspective and give up the failed idea that s/he is a "night person."
There are those who follow an even shorter path to financial failure. They chase pleasure and entertainment at night and find themselves so exhausted by day that they become ineffective in their work. Everything they do seems to demand more than they have to give, so they“trot all day” just to keep up, and rarely succeed.
Wake up! Success is measured by the hours you spend creating value for yourself and your family, your church, community, country, and clients.