It Takes Grit to Be a Lifestyle DesignerOk. When you talk lifestyle design in certain circles, there’s a perception that us lifestyle designers want to live commitment-free, worry-free lives. We want to lay on the beach all day and not worry about anything. Hmmm. Well, that sounds nice (and sometimes we do that, sure), but for Hipster, lifestyle design is far more about the freedom to commit to what we really want to do rather than dodging any and all commitments.

Think about how much of our lives we devote to things we could, quite frankly, care less about. For example – waiting in pointless lines. Or – anything having to do with a file cabinet. Life has lots of roads and some of those are dead ends that we’d rather not travel down if we had a choice. Lifestyle design is about having a choice, folks.  It’s about finding the roads you want to be on and driving by the ones you don’t. You’re still driving but you’re in control of where you’re headed.

Imagine spending time on the things that really matter to you. Imagine ditching all the things that really don’t. What would you do? How would you feel when you woke up each morning? Would you sleep better? Would you dream better?

To have the freedom to go wherever you want, you’ve got to have a map (and you’ve gotta be willing to put in the grit). You need to recognize where you want to go on that map – and where you want don’t want to end up. To go where you want to go, you need to figure out how to avoid where you don’t want to be. For example, if house cleaning is a total pain for you and you’d rather work on your career than on your floors – maybe the best choice is to spend your time working and pay someone part of those earnings to do some cleaning. That’s basic, but you get the idea.

Figure out how to be where you want to be more (lifestyle design in a nutshell).

Key Takeaway for Lifestyle Designers:
Lifestyle design is about commitment – it’s about committing to having the most awesome life you can possibly have. It’s about maximizing the ROI for every second you’re here on earth. To do anything less is to be a slacker.

Key Takeaway for Real Estate Investors:
Are you focusing your efforts as effectively as you could be? Perhaps it’s time to reevaluate. Maybe you’re sick of fixing toilets at 2 am – could you delegate that? Sometimes you find that when you stop worrying about every cent you spend, you end up making more money because you’re able to really see the big picture.

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