#51 Two Easies

Easy to Do. Easy Not to Do.

Jim Rohn tells us that our success in life is all about the two easies. It’s all about consistently doing the tiny (!) fundamentals that are simultaneously super easy to do and super easy not to do.

For example, it’s super easy for me to turn off the wi-fi and my phone when I’m done for the day. It’s not particularly hard to reach over and unplug the power strip turning off the Internet nor is it particularly hard to hold down the power button and swipe my phone off for the evening.

Doing those things is SUPER easy. And, they are a huge part of my #1 fundamental of getting a great night of sleep.


And this is a big BUT…

It’s also REALLY easy NOT to do those things.

Same thing with choosing NOT to turn that Internet back on in the morning until AFTER I’ve done my Deep Work. It’s easy to sit down and start writing when my mind is clear. Making that choice literally (!) determines my creative destiny. If I get up and go online immediately (also easy!) there’s NO WAY I will fulfill my creative potential. Period.

Easy to do.

Easy not to do.

Two easies.

Our destiny is formed by choosing wisely.

So, practical time: What are YOUR easy fundies?

Think of the two easies the next time you’re at a choice point today.

P.S. Here’s how Jim Rohn puts it: “It all comes down to a philosophical phrase: the things that are easy to do are also easy not to do. That’s the difference between success and failure, between daydreams and ambitions.

Here’s the key formula for success: a few disciplines practiced every day. Those disciplines have to be well-thought out. What should you spend your time doing? You don’t want to waste your time on things that aren’t going to matter. But a few simple disciplines can change your whole economic future. A few simple disciplines can change your future with your family, your business, your enterprise, your career. Success is a few simple habits—good habits—repeated every day. …

You’ve got the choice right now of one of two ‘easies.’ Easy to do, or easy not to do. I can tell you in one sentence how I got rich by the time I was thirty-one: I did not neglect to do the easy things I could do for six years. That’s the key. I found something easy I could do that led to fortune, and I did not neglect to do it.”

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