Almost everyone wants to have a better life. Different people want different things, of course.

Many people aspire to financial independence, while some may want to have a flatter belly, or a better marriage. Others may want to take action and improve their community and or themselves. That’s only the start. You can come up with your own list of life aspirations and achievements that you’d want in your very best life.

Unfortunately, there is no “Improvement Fairy”. No one will come and wave a magic wand to suddenly make your life better. If you want to get better, it’s up to you to do the work.

A Truth from Essentialism

Greg McKeown’s book Essentialism is full of wisdom. But one thing is significant when we think about attaining the life we want. Here’s the golden kernel.

“You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.”

You don’t have the time, money, or talent to do everything. Concentrating on doing the things most likely to help you achieve the life you want only makes sense.

Figuring Out Your Most Important Things

Warren Buffett has an excellent practical way to determine what are the most important things in your life. The first step involves making two lists.

Step 1 – write down the 25 most important things you think you should do on the first list. Let that list marinate for a a day or so. Then, go over the first list and decide the five most important things and make a second list.

Concentrate Your Efforts

You should concentrate your time, talent, and treasure on those five critical things listed on the second list. Those five things are essential. Everything else is not.

The best time for you to start working on this was probably years ago, but the second-best time is today. What will you do to attain the life you aspire to?


Now it’s your turn. I’d love to hear how you maintain your concentration on your most important things.


Terry Moore, CCIM, is the author of Building Legacy Wealth: How to Build Wealth and Live a Life Worth Imitating. Read his “Welcome to My Blog.

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