Ten years ago I read The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. The title is cheesy and the premise sounds like a scam for gullible idiots.
Despite all that, I read the book and it had a profound impact on my life.
I ended up applying many of its concepts to my first business. I wasn't even aware I was doing it at the time, at least not at first. Probably because I was working a lot more than 4 hours.
But in reality, I was front-loading the work.
And despite how ridiculous the quote of only working 4 hours per week may sound to most people, I found that it’s actually possible. I don't always work so little, but at times I have.
I didn't know it then, but the key to making it happen was to hold my disbelief long enough to read the book. I chose to believe working only a few hours per week was possible, and I took decisions that aligned with that desired outcome.
Being called naive is not usually a good thing, but sometimes being a little bit naive is the only way to take a chance on something different.