One of my favorite authors, James Altucher, published this graphic on his blog. In his list, he mentions Warren Buffett’s 5/25 Rule.
The 5/25 Rule is pretty simple. Write down 25 things you want to do in life (or your career). Circle the top five and ignore the rest. Forever.
Easier said than done. But I have been struggling with focus. I want to accomplish so many things that I feel like I’ve been spinning my wheels and accomplishing very little. So I felt this exercise was worth a shot.
I started my list and over the course of a few attempts, I came up with my list of 25. Actually, it was only 20. When I started to struggle to come up with ideas, I figured that I was just going to cut those anyway. So I felt comfortable with my 20.
Then it was time for me to make my cuts. Honestly, it didn’t take me very long to make my cuts. Probably a few seconds, which was really surprising. Here I have been struggling to allocate my time to do so many things, but when it came down to whittling my list to five, my priorities were clear. Write a best selling book? Cut. Own a ranch in Montana? Bye! Run for public office? Not anymore. Have a building named after me? See ya!
I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I know what’s important to me and what I need to work on. I no longer have these other possible scenarios lingering over me anymore. I can just focus on my list of five and live happily ever after.
1. Build a successful/sustainable company.
2. Get married.
3. Have children.
4. Live long enough to meet my grandchildren.
5. Travel to six continents.