My success just evolved from working hard at the business at hand each day. – Johnny Carson

Right! Where were we…

11. You better work!

I never ever  imagined I would quote Britney Spears but here goes:

“You want a hot body? You want a Bugatti?
You want a Maserati? You better work bitch
You want a Lamborghini? Sippin’ martinis?
Look hot in a bikini? You better work bitch
You wanna live fancy? Live in a big mansion?
Party in France?
You better work bitch”

It’s as simple as that really.

By the time you turn 30, you will know for sure whether you are a naturally “bodied,” eat-anything-and-never-get-fat trust fund baby with a supernatural immune system and glow-in-the-dark-skin….or not. If you are not, like me, but you want the good things life has to offer, then understand this: You better work. That is the long and short of it.

  • Put in those extra hours at the office.
  • Study further.
  • Keep your CV updated. Luck is opportunity meeting preparation. It’s a cliché but that doesn’t make it any less true.
  • Eat well… Ok, who am I kidding. I mean, eat fibre. Being number 1 at the office is great but remember that regular Number 2s keep your body at Number 1. Feeling bloated will happen far easier to your 30-year-old body than it did to your 25-year-old one.
  • Do those crunches and squats that you don’t feel like doing. Hell, leave that elevator alone; take the stairs!
  • Guzzle down water like you’re planning to enter a peeing contest.
  • Wash that makeup off your face before you sleep.
  • Walk outside, feel the sunshine on your skin and inhale that fresh air. Put effort into your well-being.
  • Love your person. Put work into your marriage and/or relationship. With a divorce rate that’s well over 60% (I’m including people who hate each other but stay together because that doesn’t count as still married), there’s not enough work going into relationships out there.
  • Save whatever few cents you can. Even if you use a teaspoon as a shovel, you will eventually fill your sack. Having fun in your youth is great but if that’s all you do with your money, you will be a very broke 40-year-old. Ladies, at some point “they” will stop lining up to buy you a drink. Buns don’t stay perky forever. Gents, those sexy young things won’t want the 40-year-old you if you’re broke. Face it, it’s not like they’ll be drawn to your youthful charm and good looks. You can rather be the creepy, rich 40 year old guy who shows up in every club and buys drinks for every 21 year old that smiles at him. Considering life expectancy is about 65, I would think a little harder about my money matters.
  • After you’ve worked hard to save it, be smart with your money. Talk to people who know about investing and growing it. Research. Watch the economic news. Listen to the Money Minute on radio. It helps to know that it’s a terrible market for property sellers. For you that would mean it’s time to buy. They said last week that the average consumer in SA is heavily over-indebted and its putting pressure on the economy….perhaps not a good time to get a loan then. It’s not as hard as you might think to be in the know. Since I have already quoted Britney, why stop there. Here’s a nugget from Pitbull “As for money, get advice. As for advice, get money twice.”

To be continued…