I remember reading this quote for the first time in Forbes and it really intrigued me:

“The person who minds nobody’s business but his own is probably a millionaire.” ~ Anonymous

I’ve decided I’m going to try to actually experience what this person meant on a small scale.

Enter the “30 Day Mind Your own Business Challenge”

For the next 30 days, I’m going to try to mind my own business. And my business only.

No TV. No random YouTube videos. No scrolling through Facebook News Feed. No Instagram. No March Madness. No talking about other people or their business (even in a positive way).

You get the point…

My motivation for this is curiosity and that I’m not simply making progress on my goals. The goals I’ve set for myself are life-changing and I’m not where I expected to be at this stage of the process. Also, it seems like it’d be a fun test of self-discipline.

I have no idea if I’ll be able to make it, but I’ve decided to keep a log of my progress.

For your convenience, I’m including an index to my entries during the “30 Day Mind Your Own Business Challenge.”

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What could you accomplish if you eliminated every distraction and minded only your own business?

Day 0

Today I decided to challenge myself…

I’ve set some really important goals for 2015 and I’m not making the progress I’d like.

I want to keep my goals private for now, but suffice to say that they’re life-changing for me and for my family.

I was sitting in the bathroom looking at myself in the mirror after I jumped out of the shower (don’t judge me… I know you do it too, hot stuff) and I randomly recalled this quote that I read on Forbes web site:

“The person who minds nobody’s business but his own is probably a millionaire.” ~ Anonymous

I remember being intrigued when I first came across this quote.

If somebody minded their own business, would they really become a millionaire?

Hell, I don’t know. I don’t believe that’s the intent behind this quote anyways. The premise is more obvious than that.

People spend WAY too much time paying attention to other people’s business!

And, it asserts, if they used that time instead to focus on themselves, they’d probably earn more money for themselves in the process.

Personally, I’m not hyper-focused on becoming a millionaire.

In fact, I’ve never been focused on money in and of itself in my life. However, I understand that money is a tool to make things easier in our lives.

For example…

  • A greater income may mean a greater ability to travel the world
  • More money could mean having to worry less about not being able to afford the medical bills of a family member whose suddenly fallen ill
  • And, generally, more cash means you don’t HAVE to worry about not having enough cash.

Fairly logical, right?

I’m glad you get it. (Because I’m late to the party.)

Not only that, but I figure minding my own business may also help me to focus on my primary goals which I feel like I’m falling behind on…

So, I’ve decided to enlist myself in a personal challenge:

For 30 days, I’m going to *try* mind my own business (and my business alone). 

I haven’t QUITE figured out EXACTLY what that means yet 🙂 but these 2 rules I’ve written have given me a start:

  1. If it doesn’t help me to achieve my goals, then I won’t do it. Point blank, period.
  2. Also, if I won’t definitely use the information for something important and immediate, then I won’t listen, read, or watch it.

For me that means no TV. No random YouTube videos. No scrolling aimlessly down Facebook News Feed trying to fill spare time. No gossip or reality TV (which is mostly gossip, let’s be honest). No discussing other peoples’ business, even if it’s positive. And no March Madness :/

That’s a start. I’ll define other parameters around it as well to help keep me focused on achieving my goal.

I have no idea if I’ll be able to follow through on this.

Honestly, my discipline isn’t particularly “up to par” right now. Just over a week ago, I was great, but I still wasn’t seeing the results on my goals that I’d like.

Sometimes, when trying something out of the ordinary like this, you just kinda ask yourself “What’s there to lose?

On the flip side, there could be a lot to gain.

Anyways, that’s all I have for now. I’ll keep you posted on my progress with a regular (daily?) progress email to let you know how things are going.

After the 30 days is over (if I make it that far…), I’ll write a post to discuss my takeaways from this experience so you can share my insights as well in the hopes that this experiment may benefit you in some way.

UPDATE: 3/22/15 – I’ve decided to post regular updates of my progress during this 30 day challenge. To see the next entry in this series, scroll down to click on the next page.

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Robert James Collier is the founder at Practical Idealist where he shares practical ideas to achieve worthy ideals.