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Building an Island Cabin

I had intended to come back to the island once more before building the cabin, but the timing didn't work out. I nervously climbed up the hill to check the spot that I had decided to build on. Was it as clear as I remembered it? I forgot to take pictures.

At first it looked fine, but when I brought the tape measure out, I realized that the area wasn't nearly big enough to build the cabin. The builders were coming the next day.

I went back to the yurt, the main structure on the island, to get the loppers to continue clearing. But before I left the yurt, rain started to pour down. A few minutes later I also realized that the yurt roof was leaking badly.

Then the lumber company called me, told me that some of my special order items were running late, and that due to a complicated situation involving the credit card preauthorization, they couldn't get me any materials at all for a couple days at least.

Life Exercise: What Would You Do if Money were not an Issue

On Ideas

I remember when I first read the Four-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris and how logical and seemingly easy it seemed to me. Even though I knew that actually making it happen required a lot of work, guts, and maybe some luck; I could still understand how important the concepts were. Of course, many have gone on to criticize the concept of  a four hour work week-- some calling it lazy, others impractical  and some just straight up disbelieving its possibility  But in my opinion, the book was not solely about starting some sleazy company and wandering off to some unknown island; rather it was about how to dissect, plan and make deliberate choices. Early in the book, Chapter 2 I believe, Ferris asks the reader to imagine what they would if they had 100 million dollars, what everyday concerns would become redundant and what would one really begin to care about?

Since then I think about this exercise at least once a week to see how I have come along. Personally I believe this is one of the stronger exercises one can do in order to get down to the core of the issue for most of us: if money weren't an issue what would you do? Ferris talks about dreamlining ( a way of organizing  what you want, whether it be tangible or some sort of skill set, on paper ) and then outlining what action you would have to take to get there.  Dreamlining is important because it helps you put your goals in perspective by helping you breakdown the amount of time and money learning a skill will take as well as determining what constitutes achieving that skill or that money.

In the majority of the book, Ferris talks about countless of productivity ideas (he talks about Parkinson's law and how it can be used to create pressure, one of my favorites), and how 80 percent of the results can come from 20 percent of the inputs : meaning that deciding what to focus on can be infinitely more productive than how much time you spend doing something. But in my opinion, these parts of the book pale in comparison to the immensity of value in the first and last parts of the book.

The later parts of the book focus on how one will continue to feel like they are contributing after they become completely financially independent  Many people think that after they quit there careers, especially if it was a career they took particularly seriously, they can just relax, but the fact is, many of these professionals begin to feel empty. With nothing challenging them to succeed and step up to the plate, suddenly they feel empty and their drive to live feels diminished.

The first part of the book is the one that focuses on the mind-set and paradigms of the financially independent. Its also the part that asks the question of what would you do day to day if you had 100 million dollars.

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