So, for the last 4 weeks, I have been making a conscious effort to wake up at 4am every day Monday thru Saturday, and 6am on Sunday. During that time, I have had a significant increase in productivity and efficiency that I have not had in years. Now I have not been a stranger to getting up early, but until recently, anything earlier than 5.30am seemed unnecessary, particularly when it is not uncommon for me to go to bed at 11pm or even 11.30pm.
So today I turn another year older, although I don’t think about it as much as I did when I turned 40, it is undeniable that I am beginning to recognize that I’m not as indestructible as I thought I was years ago. Working long hours and getting by on less sleep, hard workouts in the gym, or not being cognizant of a reasonable diet, all have obvious effects on me these days. The frailty of the human body as it ages certainly becomes more apparent once you get over 40, and even more obvious as you close in on 50.
This blog is going to deviate slightly from my normal focus on Goal setting, but it is a completely relevant topic as I will explain. This blog is about the concept of “Be a Builder Not a Feeder”. There are many references to this concept in our world, in the Science world they refer to it as being a Consumer vs. a Producer, and in other references, you may hear it stated as a Consumer vs. a Contributor. Regardless of the verbiage used, the idea is one person or group of people is contributing to the whole or being a “Builder”, while someone else is taking without making any meaningful, if any, contribution to the whole, this is the “Feeder”.