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The 5-Hour Rule: The Most Effective Method That Will Help You Achieve Success


Are you feeling a bit lost lately? Yes, you go to work, you do the daily chores, you go out with your friends, but somewhere down the line, it feels like it’s not enough. It’s like you’re being trapped in a maze and you keep running around in circles.

You try to make the first step, but somehow you always end up in the same goddamned place. You daydream about engaging in your favourite activity, but someone you fail to find the time and energy to do so.

At the end of the day, it feels like everyone is constantly moving forward and you’re stuck between the walls of the destructive comfort zone you’ve created for yourself.

If this is you, here’s a helpful and effective 5-hour method you need to start practising. It’s being followed by the most successful people in the world, including Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, and Mark Zuckerberg and it’s guaranteed to motivate you to take matters into your hands and make that essential step to success.

The 5-hour rule involves spending 5 hours a week, or one hour each day focused on learning, creating and improving yourself. It basically means making time for learning and developing every working day. It starts by setting aside time in order to dedicate yourself to a certain activity, without being distracted by anything that surrounds you.

The self-improvement process can take different forms that will motivate you to keep working on yourself and develop a healthy habit of continuous learning.

READING is an incredibly beneficial habit that has the power to entertain our mind and stimulate our creativity. That is why it is an essential part of every successful person’s life.

I know the feeling when you have a ton of books you want to dive in, but you are constantly overflown with work or daily chores that you can’t find the energy and time to slow down and enjoy yourself.

Try keeping a book in your backpack or your purse at all times and challenge yourself to read at least one chapter a day. Use your lunch break at work and dive into the unexplored fantasy world. Sit in the park and take your book with you. For one whole hour, read and just enjoy the moment.

REFLECTION is an essential part of learning. Our lives are filled with a lot of information, so if we choose to go on without reflecting on them and understanding the meaning of the things we experience on a daily basis, we can easily become overwhelmed and frustrated.

Start reflecting on the things you’ve learned through the day. Whether it’s a journal, or a personal blog, or a video diary, do it. It will be your secret space where you can express every thought, emotion, fear, goal or even doubts.

But, without EXPERIMENTATION, without taking action the first two will never have a chance to be realized. If you want a real progress in life, you need to be brave enough to leave the fear inside and take action.

Start by setting some time aside each day to experiment with the knowledge you’ve learned and test out your ideas. Don’t let failure disappoint you. It only means that you are one step closer to success.

Experiment with your ideas, start creating, observe your progress, but most importantly, keep moving. No matter how crazy or impossible your visions may seem, always search for a way to materialize them.

BUT, whatever you do, don’t let yourself confuse your 9-5h work with learning. I know that a job is a duty that must be fulfilled. But, considering that on average, people work 40 hours a week, one hour a day reserved for learning shouldn’t be an issue.

Keep in mind that life will always be fast and busy. It is up to us to give ourselves time to grow and thrive.

Don’t let productivity fool you. Yes, it certainly plays a huge role in success, but if you don’t focus on long-term self-improvement, you’ll never experience the desired development.

A good and juicy paycheck is fine, but self-development is something that stays forever. The more you invest in yourself, the more successful you’ll eventually become.

Give your best in the present moment and thank yourself in the long run.

Stephanie Reeds