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Is Work Life Balance A Myth?

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You wake up, ugh, another day of work. Is it Friday yet?

You get the kids to school or daycare after a hectic morning and finally punch in at work. Finally, you get to work but have to walk past that one person who’s always smiling and happy, it’s so annoying.

You drone through the day thinking about your weekend plans.

Sure, there are a few faces around the office you like, so the entire day is not wasted. You get to catch up with some pals.

Finally, it’s time to go home. After the commute, it’s basically dinner time when you get home and get the kids to bed.

You sit down and you’re….exhausted. You sit on the couch to rest, and next thing you know it’s getting late and time to go to bed.

Another wasted day…and you think “I wish I had some work-life balance.”

Then you wake up again…

What is Work-Life Balance?

Work-Life balance is the goal of balancing your time between work and other parts of your life including family, social, leisure, and other personal interests…

 

Guess what. you’re wasting your time…

It’s not because the cause isn’t noble. But then again, people spend their lives trying to find Big Foot, aliens, and the Loch Ness Monster.

If it doesn’t exist, you won’t find it no matter how much you search for it.

A job is like indentured servitude. Unlike indentured servants of the past, you aren’t bound to a specific employer. But, you are bound to employment within the system.

That’s the reason why you’re unhappy and looking for balance

But, you can’t balance that.

Work vs a Job

Work is defined quite simply as an activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result. Or it can be an activity done as a means of earning income.

A job on the other hand is a paid position of regular employment.

Do you see the difference?

Work is an activity, a job involves employment. While they are clearly related, at a minimum we need to see they are different.

If you chase the idea of job-life balance, you’ve accepted that you will always have a job and it is separate entirely from and incompatible with your ‘life’.

Some people can accept their role inside the corporate system. That is the person who is always happy at work. They don’t seek work-life balance because they are content.

Maybe they don’t even recognize what’s controlling their lives, or maybe they don’t care.

Either way, that’s not you. You want something more.

On the other hand, if you pursue some activity that you are passionate about and love that also happens to earn some form of money, you are ‘working’.

Here’s the kicker, If it is a personal interest, passion, or hobby, it’s already part of ‘life’.

…and that’s why chasing work-life balance is like chasing a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

You either accept your life as a worker bee, or you are unhappy. There is no way to be a worker bee for a little bit of the time and be a lion on the hunt the rest of the time.

There is simply no way to balance between those two. You need to be one or the other.

You need to accept that you are a worker bee, and be content. OR, you need to be the thing you want to be.

If you are the thing you want to be, there is no need to find a ‘balance’ between being that and being something society needs you to be.

That’s why work-life balance doesn’t exist.

Balance

That all being said, achieving balance is a part of all aspects of life.

Eat too much or eat too little, you end up in the hospital either way.

It’s like all those contradictory food studies – wine is good for you one day and bad for you another day. Or maybe this week it’s potatoes that are good for you or bad for you or… who knows?

That’s because literally everything in life needs to be balanced.

But, that’s just life. Why are we looking at all the various pieces of life that need to be on the scale?

Remember, though, a scale can balance things because it has a fulcrum. And, just as with a scale, your life has a fulcrum as well.

Finding Focus

All scales have a fulcrum and all lives must have a focus.

This is the singular thing that is most influential in your life, which directs or impacts all other decisions in your life.

For some people it’s religion. They always think about what is written about what God wants. Or they pray and look for guidance on various things.

They act either out of love/respect for what they believe God’s wishes are. Sometimes they act out of fear of God’s judgement.

For other people, their lives are balanced around friends, family, their community, or something similar.

They dress a certain way, buy certain types of vehicles, houses, etc because of how their social group will perceive them.

The job and the life of work is chosen because that is what their peers and parents expect them to do.

They want the acceptance of the group, or perhaps fear their judgement.

If you want to change who you are, you need to change the fulcrum and stop focusing on what’s on the plates on either side

That’s how entrepreneurs are different. We create our own businesses and make that our fulcrum.

Your Business as Your Fulcrum

If you love to do something, you’ll naturally want to do it more and other activities just won’t seem as important anymore.

That’s how entrepreneurs can work 12 hours or more, 7 days per week. They burn with passion for it. The business they are building is everything to them.

Of course, no one can work incessantly with no leisure or time with their family.

Maybe they get their spouse and children involved too. So their passion becomes the family passion. Now they spend time together and build their future.

They make new friends and go to dinner or parties with them. These friends are also entrepreneurs who have intense passion as well.

You raise your children and show them how passionate you are and teach them how to find and cultivate their own passions.

As they get older, they learn that life is not about a modern form of cubical slavery, but instead aboutthey pursue those passions and build balanced lives around what makes them burn.

Soon, everything in your life has some piece of your passion in it in some way.

This is balance.

This article originally appeared on IdealREI. Follow them on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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How Kylie Jenner Turned Her Insecurities Into A Billion-Dollar Empire

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There’s a lot more to Kylie Jenner than meets the eye.

From afar, she looks just like another Instagram influencer happy to trade her TV fame for social media notoriety.

Many who don’t know her well have been quick to throw hate comments at her all across the web.

Others call her a fake, or worse. They say she would not be where she is today if it had not been because of her fame-obsessed family, and her mother, in particular, engineering everything for her.

In reality, however, Kylie Jenner is a business genius. None of her success just fell into her lap, at least, not quite like that.

Her half-sister Kim Kardashian West had this to say in defence of her younger sibling:

“It’s not like that was handed to her. She figured that all out. I mean, we all have.”

Kim knows, because she has faced off the same accusations about fame and success.

From Zero To A Billion

From 2015 to 2018, Kylie Jenner took her cosmetics business, Kylie Cosmetics, from zero to over a billion dollars’ valuation in just three short years.

Here’s the inside scoop on how this young female billionaire made her fortune at just the age of 21.

Kylie was born in Los Angeles, California in 1997. Where her life differs from you and me is that she grew up practically in front of the TV cameras.

By age 10, she was making regular appearances on the hit reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

It was a stressing time for a young girl who, self-confessedly, lacked confidence in front of the cameras.

“Ever since I was in sixth grade, I would wear purple eye shadow,” she told Forbes in an interview.

To help herself feel a bit more confident, she got into makeup, learning from what she had seen the makeup artists do in preparing her for show appearances.

Makeup became something of an obsession for Kylie, and it was soon paired with a growing social media following.

Her fans were quick to notice her enlarged lips, which stirred a controversy as young girls started doing the Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge to imitate her look. This involved placing their lips in a shot glass and then sucking the air out of the glass.

Kylie Takes Over The Cosmetics World

Kylie began teasing her Kylie Lip Kits across Instagram, SnapChat, and other social media. When she announced the launch online, the kits sold out in a matter of minutes.

She used $250,000 of her own money, saved from some prior modelling gigs, to finance the production of her kits.

Kylie brought on her mother to manage PR and finance, with the Shopify Plus platform handling sales. A private label company called Spatz Laboratories handles production, while Kylie’s staff consists of just a handful of full-time employees.

In 2016, Kylie Cosmetics did around $300 million in revenue, thanks to Kylie’s highly engaged fanbase of 18-24 year old women. By 2018, the company was valued at $800 million, a figure that went up to $900 million in early 2019.

By then, Kylie was officially a billionaire.

In the process, though, she has changed how the cosmetics world thinks about product and marketing. Other celebrities like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian have jumped on the bandwagon, releasing their own beauty products.

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How To Put That Extra Space In Your Property To Good Use

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A lot of investment properties have something we call bonus space.

It’s space that isn’t quite a bedroom, maybe not really living space, but doesn’t have any one specific use.

So, how do you use this space to create value for your investment property?

Well, that depends…

Can It Become A Bedroom?

A bedroom is almost always going to be the highest value use of any bonus area, so let’s try that first. So, it’s time to look up your local health/building codes to determine the requirements for a bedroom.

The International Residential Code, which most states follow, has several requirements to be considered a bedroom. States and municipalities are free to add on top of this, and some areas don’t use the IRC as their code.

Most places have a square footage requirement and also require a window and a closet. But, different states/municipalities may have different requirements so look them up.

Note About Egresses

Basements and Attics are notoriously bad places to be during a fire. There may be requirements for additional egresses for any living space that is in these two areas. Make sure you know all of the requirements before trying to make a bedroom.

Once you know the requirements, you can determine if a simple project can convert this random bonus space can be used as a bedroom.

For example, if it just needs a larger window, simply hire someone to install it. If you need a closet, get one put in.

It becomes more challenging if you need another egress added to a basement though.

It Can’t Be A Bedroom, Now What?

Most bonus space can’t be used as a bedroom, so don’t feel bad about that. The next thing is to figure out exactly what you can do with the space.

Determine What Kind Of Space You Have

The first step is to figure out exactly what you’re working with and what it can look like when you’re finished.

Regardless if it’s in an attic, basement, porch area, or whatever, it’ll need to be finished with drywall, paint, floors, lights, and heat/ac. Your bonus space probably has some of these already, but often not all.

Keep in Mind The Location

Basements are usually cool and damp, so you may need extra heat during the winter and a dehumidifier in the summer.

Attics are really hot, so you’ll need to add extra air conditioner. Also, you need to make sure your roof is ventilated properly before completely finishing an attic so take that into consideration before adding drywall to the rafters.

Every area will have it’s own unique considerations before starting the project.

Figure Out Its Highest and Best Use

This is really open to interpretation, but you need to figure out it’s best use for other people.

The best thing to do is to look at comparable sales in your market area. Look at what most other people are putting into their properties, then just copy them.

Here are a few common ways people use their bonus space

Den Or Media Room

The most common way people use their extra space is by using it as a second living room, den, or media room. These are all different words for similar things.

Basically, one living room will be a bit more formal for having guests over. The den or media room will be for watching TV or movies mostly.

If you are outfitting a room for this use, it might be beneficial to install speaker wires around the room (this is very cheap), and make sure there is cable and internet hookups.

Game Room

If your investment property already has an area dedicated as a den, you might want to consider outfitting it as a game room.

A Game Room is a room in the house for relaxing or socializing. It is typically furnished with a Pool TablePing Pong TableDart Area, or other recreational amenities.

Storage

A lot of people just need extra space for storage. Having a clean and dry area to toss junk is the lowest value use, but still important. Having this finished space will most likely make it more valuable anyhow.

Advertising Bonus Space

The next step is to advertise your bonus space. You’re either listing this property for sale, or listing it for rent (it’s an investment property, right?).

It’s important to bring attention to the bonus space, especially if it’s not listed in the square footage or other information about the property. This is really common for basements and attics.

In this situation, bring attention to it and make people image what they could use it for, but don’t specifically say it can be used for things that it shouldn’t be used as (such as a bedroom). People will often use the space however they want, including as a bedroom, but you should not encourage this if it’s not a legal bedroom.

So, you’d could potentially say something like:

There is an extra 400 square feet of finished bonus space in the attic that could be a game room for you and your friends, media room for late night movies, or whatever else you can imagine! It is heated, cooled, and has everything you need to enjoy it day and night all year long.

But you’d never want to say something like

There is an extra 300 square feet of finish bonus space in the basement that could be used as a media room, den, game room, or even an extra bedroom when friends come visit.

…assuming the bedroom is not legally a bedroom in your jurisdiction.

Charging For The Space

It’s hard to say what bonus space is worth, but it’s worth something.

The only way to figure it out is to try to sell it or rent it out, and see what the market will give you.

This article originally appeared on IdealREI.  Follow them on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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