I used to be a fat kid growing up. In my late teens I lost a lot of weight. Later on I would run into friends who I haven’t seen in a while. They would notice the difference in my physique. If they were overweight they’d ask how I did it. I’d tell them. After hearing my answer they asked…
“how long do you think it would take me to lose 50 pounds” or
“how long do you think it would take me to be as lean as you are?” or
“how long do you think it would take me to build more muscle?”
In my early 20’s I quit my office job and became self employed. After 2-3 years I was generating a decent income doing online marketing. I had friends who worked office jobs and hated the corporate environment. They would often ask me how I did it. I would tell them about online marketing and how I generate income. They then asked…
“how long do you think it would take me to build an online business?” or
“how long do you think it would take me to generate $30,000/year?”
I’m not a fan of this question. I understand where it’s coming from. But the question says a lot about the person asking it. Basically, it tells me that they’re stuck in short-term thinking. They want a quick fix. They’re not thinking big picture. They’re not thinking about lifestyle change.
Whether you want to lose weight or build an online business, you shouldn’t worry too much about how long it will take. And here is why…
If it’s something you really want then it doesn’t really matter how long it takes. And you worrying about how long it takes shows a lack of commitment.
You need to sit down and really think about your goal. You need to consider what sacrifices you might have to make to achieve your goal. You need to consider what lifestyle changes might be required.
Then you need to decide whether your goal is worth it…is it worth the work? is it worth the effort? if it is then commit to it for the long-term. Otherwise drop it and move on.